More ways you can help the Philippines

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Survivors stand amidst debris in the city of Tacloban.
(photo via Erik de Castro/Reuters)

Over the weekend, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines. The death toll is estimated at 10,000 in the Leyte province alone, and there is widespread infrastructure damage.

The Huffington Post and CNN have posted roundups of organizations that are sending supplies, people, and more. Here are some other ways to help:

  1. Donate. The all-veteran disaster relief organization Team Rubicon is raising funds to send its vets to help with search and rescue efforts and medical assistance.
  2. Donate. The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is currently accepting donations for community aid.
  3. Tweet. Micromappers is asking people to be strategic about tagging typhoon tweets so the UN can gain a better understanding of the situation.
  4. Hack. Geeklist is looking for developers, designers, and other techies for good to get involved with a hackathon for various projects, including building a relief coordination and survivor check-in app.
  5. Report. The social news network Rappler needs help reporting critical information such as flooding, road or building damage, or those who need rescue or assistance.
  6. Work. Merlin, a UK-based disaster relief organization, is looking to recruit emergency staff who can help long-term (three-to-six months).

Check your local Filipino-American groups or associations and the Super Typhoon Haiyan – Yolanda Recovery Facebook group for more ways to help. Please also leave a comment if you know of more opportunities.

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Comments (4)


  1. […] More ways you can help the Philippines (Idealist Blog) […]


  2. Najee writes:
    November 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Idealist, I am from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Our area was spared from the ravages of the super typhoon, but so much of our countrymen have suffered.

    Thank you for sending this out through your newsletter, so grateful for spreading awareness.

    You may also opt to search more ways to help by searching for these tags #YolandaPH, #reliefPH, #rescuePH

    We need so much help.


  3. Celeste Hamilton Dennis writes:
    November 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Najee, we’re more than happy to spread the word in any way we can.

    There’s also this Facebook page to help the people of Bantayan Island: https://www.facebook.com/BangonBantayanons


  4. Celeste Hamilton Dennis writes:
    November 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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