How to Help

Tuesday, May 13, 2008; 12:32 PM

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 organizations that provide international aid to countries that have experienced natural disasters. 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 responsible for coordinating the international response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. Click here to make a donation.
  • The U.N. World Food Programme provides emergency food aid in response to humanitarian disasters. Donate at
  • UNICEF provides lifesaving help for children in need. Read more and contribute at
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies assists in disaster response, helping around 30 million people annually from refugees to victims of natural disasters. Go to to make a donation.

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