Sunday, November 10, 2013

How to Help Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) If You Live Outside the Philippines

My family in the Philippines were spared from the crushing agony and unimaginable grief of loss brought about Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). But many are still suffering from the devastating calamity. According to a report, 10,000 people are estimated killed by the storm twice stronger than hurricane Katrina and Sandy.

This is a time to pray for those who need God's strength the most right now will experience it and a time to help demonstrate God's goodness to Filipinos in any way we can.

In response to several inquiries regarding how to send help to Filipinos affected by the Typhoon, I would like to inform the public that online donations from overseas donors may be sent through the following organizations (Sources:, & @candyreyes):

Emergency support
Philippine Red Cross, 1-212-687-6200.
CARE, 1-800-521-2273 within the United States or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S.
Catholic Relief Services, 1-877-435-7277.
Convoy of Hope, 1-417-823-8998.
Mercy Corps, 1-888-747-7440.
Oxfam America,1-800-776-9326.

Food and water
World Food Programme ,1-202-747-0722 or +39-06-65131 for international calls.
Samaritan's Purse, 1-828-262-1980.
World Vision,1-888-511-6443.
Action Against Hunger, 1-877-777-1420.

ShelterBox, 1-941-907-6036.
Habitat for Humanity, 1-800-HABITAT.
Architecture for Humanity, 1-415-963-3511 or text REBUILD to 85944 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone.

Medical assistance
Americares, 1-800-486-4357.
International Medical Corps, 1-800-481-4462.
Direct Relief, 1-805-964-4767

Helping children
U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 1-800-367-5437
Save the Children, 1-800-728-3843.
ChildFund International

(UPDATE: Another way to help is to send Team Rubicon to the Philippines. Team Rubicon is a group of US Military veterans and medical professionals committed to relief and disaster response. It will be your way to offer help to Filipinos by sending experienced and qualified rescue volunteers to towns affected by Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan. Click here to help send Team Rubicon to the Philippines.)

The photo of the father grieving while holding his lifeless 6 year old daughter (below) caught the attention of so many. It was apparently taken when he was on his way to take daughter’s body to the morgue at the downtown area in Tacloban City. Grief and devastation gripped many other families like the Tenegra family, as people searched for missing family members among the bodies scattered everywhere. (KickerDaily)  

According to a report, 1.7 million Filipino children are impacted in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

(Images: @candyreyes, Inquirer)


  1. Praying for all the victims of the typhoon haiyan.. My Poem to all the victims.

    1. Nice poem. I'll share it. Too many questions. But for now, we can only be sure that God is bringing good from Yolanda. He is calling the Philippines to examine itself. How do we treat each other? Why our government so corrupt? And, what should the Church be learning? Appreciate the comment.