Like many of you, I’m sure, I’ve been so focused on the tragic situation in the Philippines these last few days. The stories and images are so desperate and it feels frustrating to not be able to directly reach out and help those on over 200 islands in this archipelago who have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
I was somewhat relieved to see this photo from Direct Relief of $2.2 million of antibiotics, wound care supplies, gastro-intestinal meds, and painkillers that were scheduled to have landed there last night. Also on the way is a crew of medical professionals who will be on the islands to help those in need and to determine what else needs to be accomplished.
|initial Direct Relief delivery for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan|
There are many great organizations that are moving to the the front lines, to provide relief in the Philippines. The reason why I always give to Direct Relief is because I like the fact that they use 100% of my donation to buy supplies and provide care to the people in need, all of their administrative costs are covered by other resources. Also, due to savvy negotiations they have low rates with Fed Ex and they are able to buy all of the medical supplies at cost, so, on average, for each dollar I contribute, they are able to mobilize almost $30 in aid.
To receive in depth updates on their progress and find out how you can support this effort click on Direct Relief.
|“Thank you very much” in Filipino, image from Wikihow|