Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Crisis Giving: Cyclone, Earthquake, Tornadoes and Fires

The number of charities responding to the Myanmar cyclone has grown considerably since we began tracking charities last week. Although aid is starting to trickle into the country, charities still face many obstacles in their attempts to deliver aid. So far, cyclone related giving is off to a slow start. Perhaps donors are hesitant to give in light of the fact that the government continues to hinder the relief efforts. Did you donate to the cyclone relief efforts? Why or why not?
On Monday, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China. Current estimates put the death toll at 12,000 with tens of thousands of people missing and presumably still buried under the rubble. 4-star charities Direct Relief International, Mercy Corps and United Methodist Committee on Relief are working with partner agencies in China to coordinate relief efforts such as providing financial support, staff and medical supplies. And 4-star ADRA is on the ground in China responding.
More tornados touched down recently in Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina killing dozens and causing millions of dollars worth of damage. Once again, the American Red Cross is responding. You can also use our advanced search tool to find local charities that may be assisting in the recovery efforts.
Wildfires in central Florida have destroyed homes, forced people to evacuate to shelters, closed a major highway and left thousands without power. The Red Cross is also assisting in this disaster.

1 comment :

Venus said...

Thank you for this Charity Navigator! Fantastic