As many may know, the Philippines have been hit by the devastating hurricane/typhoon Haiyan.  I’m doing my architectural thesis on the island of Panay in the Philippines.  While most people’s theses are hypothetical, my project deals with a real client and with real people in the Philippines.  I’ve been notified by my client who has contacts within the village that the people are starving, and that,

All [the] homes are destroyed, so is the ARK kitchen, gym, stage, grade 1 and kinder classroom, the trees and crops look like they were crumpled, no classes no food, our children are hungry.

I would like to encourage EVERYONE to take a little time out of their day and DO something.  It can be anything.  Even a simple prayer can do more than you’d believe.  If you can cut that cup of coffee out of your day, I encourage you to substitute your coffee for a donation.  It doesn’t take much individually if many participate.

You can donate by clicking the picture below, or by following the url’s listed on the picture.


There are also a number of organizations that are providing relief to the many islands affected by the typhoon.  I’ll list them below.  Whether or not you support ARK, the organization I’m working with, thousands, if not millions of people are starving and need immediate help as they are threatened with homelessness and water-borne diseases like typhoid fever.

Here is a list of some major organizations aiding the relief effort in the Philippines.  List compiled from USA Today website and CBS website.  Remember that not all organizations are honest and many people try to take advantage of devastating events for their own personal gain.  You can use websites like Charity Navigator to guide your giving.

  1. UNICEF: staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to provide emergency aid and the organization is gearing up to deliver supplies to children and their families
  2. CARE: plans to provide emergency relief to thousands of families
  3. World Vision: mobilizing nearly 500 staff around the country to respond to the disaster.  Donate or sponsor a child in the Philippines
  4. American Red Cross: has volunteers spread throughout the region and accepts donations online. You can also mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line
  5. U.N. World Food Programme: emergency food relief
  6. Save the Children: is mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the area
  7. AmeriCares: is deploying medical aid and a relief team to Philippines, and says an emergency shipment with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors is already on its way
  8. Philippine Red Cross: has deployed staff and volunteers across the region
  9. Doctors Without Borders: has had emergency teams in Cebu since Nov. 9
  10. Salvation Army: Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations
  11. International Rescue Committee (IRC): has sent an emergency response team to assist with safe water, hygiene and sanitation needs, with additional aid to follow
  12. International Medical Corps: is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid
  13. Mercy Corps: responders are working with local partners to provide food, water and shelter
  14. Handicap International: supports people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in situations of poverty, conflict and disaster. The group has been working in the Philippines since 1985 and is preparing emergency aid for the hard-hit city of Tacloban
  15. United Methodist Committee on Relief: is providing funds for the purchase of emergency food, water and and water purification tablets in Tacloban
  16. mGive Foundation: is collecting donations from U.S. wireless subscribers, who can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the organization’s Philippines Typhoon Diaster Relief Fund. Charges will appear on the user’s wireless bill or will be deducted from a prepaid balance. Text STOP to 80108 to stop or HELP for assistance
  17. American Jewish World Service:  the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization, is collecting funds to provide aid on the ground in the Philippines.
  18. Helping Hand for Relief and Development: organization is one of America’s highest rated Muslim charities, and has begun collecting donations for their relief efforts
  19. GlobalGiving: is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities

Anything will help.  Your donation, whether it be money or just a prayer, will be greatly appreciated by the affected Filipinos.