How to Help
Monday, May 5, 2008; 5:40 PM
The Burmese government has asked United Nations agencies and foreign governments for assistance in emergency relief efforts. Many countries are funneling disaster aid through U.N. agencies and the Red Cross.
The storm has affected sources of drinking water, communications and electricity in the country, and U.N. officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless. Teams from the local Red Cross have begun distributing plastic sheeting and water-purification tablets from existing stockpiles in the country, but the United Nations and authorities are discussing how best to import large quantities of relief supplies.
USAID's Web site lists resources for those wishing to assist in relief efforts, including tips on selecting a humanitarian organization and on the most effective way to contribute after a disaster.
Here are some of the organizations that have announced aid efforts in Burma. For more humanitarian groups and information about making donations, visit The Center for International Disaster Information or ReliefWeb.
- The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is assessing what kind of aid is most needed and how to distribute it. Click here to make a donation.
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is distributing drinking water, plastic tarps to cover roofs and blankets, and other relief supplies. Go to www.ifrc.org to make a donation.
- World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, is distributing food, clean water, blankets, temporary shelter and cooksets. Contribute via www.worldvision.org.
- UNICEF has field offices positioned throughout Burma. Go to unicefusa.org to donate and learn more about UNICEF's emergency response efforts for children in Burma.
- Save the Children is distributing emergency relief supplies to children and families. Go to savethechildren.org to contribute to the Children's Emergency Fund.
- International Medical Corps is working with local organizations in Indonesia to deploy an emergency response team to Burma. Make a donation through www.imcworldwide.org.
- Americares is delivering medical and other humanitarian supplies to victims of the cyclone. Contribute via www.americares.org.
- GlobalGiving is providing grassroots aid through funding of projects that are on the ground in Burma. Donate at www.globalgiving.com/myanmar.
- Doctors Without Borders, a medical humanitarian organization, is distributing food, fuel and plastic sheeting. Contribute via www.doctorswithoutborders.org/.
- Mercy Corps is accepting donations to help partners on the ground aid storm survivors. Donate via www.mercycorps.org.
- Baptist World Aid, part of the Baptist World Alliance, is contributing to relief efforts through its Emergency Response Fund. Donate at www.bwanet.org/bwaid.
- International Rescue Committee sent an emergency team to Burma May 7 to assess needs and mount relief efforts for survivors. Contribute via www.theirc.org.
- CARE, a humanitarian aid organization, will provide emergency food aid, shelter materials and household equipment. Contribute via www.care.org/.
- CRWRC, a Christian nonprofit organization, will provide funding for emergency food aid in Burma. Donate at www.crwrc.org.
- The Salvation Army is providing food and water for locals in need in Burma. Contribute via www.salvationarmyusa.org.
- PACT, an international nonprofit organization, has local staff working on the ground to distribute immediate assistance in Burma. Donate at www.pactworld.org.
- International Relief and Development addresses relief needs in Southeast Asia, and is working to lend its regional expertise to support local Burmese organizations responding to the disaster. Donate at www.ird.org.
- Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is assisting with tarpaulins, blankets and medical supplies. Contribute via lds.org.
- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is committed to providing emergency assistance, which is expected to include food, water, medical supplies, shelter and clothing. Donate at www.adra.org.
- Islamic Relief USA has launched a $6 million emergency appeal to help those affected by the cyclone. Make a contribution at www.irw.org.
- The U.N. World Food Programme has sent aircraft loaded with food aid and other relief items for victims. Donate at www.wfp.org.
- Air Serv International, a nonprofit humanitarian aviation organization, has helicopters ready to deliver supplies and relief workers to Burma. Donate via www.airserv.org/.