HOUSTON - The need in the Philippines is so great in the aftermath of the super typhoon that hit the area on Saturday, international relief agencies from around the world are asking for donations. Many want to help, but don't know how. Local 2 consumer expert Amy Davis has compiled this list of organizations helping in the region.
The American Red Cross is on stand-by, waiting for word from its sister agency in the Philippines on its biggest needs now. You can donate to the American Red Cross online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can specify that your contribution only be used for the people affected by the Pacific typhoon.
CARE operates in 84 countries to fight poverty. It has pledged to help at least 150,000 typhoon survivors by delivering aid.
Unicef is a United Nations relief agency that helps children and their families by providing shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. You can donate online or or by calling 1-800-367-5437.
Habitat for Humanity estimates that more than 2,000 homes were totally destroyed in the storm area. The group is setting up an initial base in Cebu for its "Re-Build Philippines" campaign and is attempting to help 30,000 families initially with shelter repair kits.
Doctors Without Borders says it's going to focus its efforts first in the area of Leyte Province, with both personnel and relief supplies.
Oxfam is on the ground already in the affected region. Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads is Oxfam's immediate priority.
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