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AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated August 8, 2015)

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake. In response to the critical and overwhelming challenges that the country faced, AFP put together this Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page. This page is not meant to be comprehensive, but simply an easy way that members can keep up to date with ongoing and recent disaster relief efforts. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster ( And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide.

Myanmar Flood - July-August 2015
For the latest Disaster Relief news and resources, please visit AFP's Disaster Relief Blog.

The 2015 Myanmar floods were caused by heavy rainfall and affected 12 out of Myanmar's 14 states. There have been at least 69 deaths and up to 259,000 people were affected by the flood. Torrential rains starting from July 16 destroyed farmland, roads, rail tracks, bridges and houses. A state of emergency has been declared in the four worst-hit regions in the west.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


For the latest news, please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog on the Myanmar Flood

Myanmar: UN Allocates $9 Million to Rapidly Scale Up Urgent Flood Relief (UN News Centre - Aug 8)
Myanmar Braces For More Flooding as International Aid Flows In (Yahoo News - August 7)
Flooding in Asia Displaces Millions; Death Toll Rising Rapidly (CNN - August 6)
Myanmar Flooding Leaves Dozens Dead (BBC News - August 3)
Myanmar Declares Disaster Zones to Deal With Dire Flooding (ABC News - July 31)

Donation Support/Efforts:

• The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Myanmar is the epicenter of the relief efforts and is a direct way to help the people of Myanmar. Here is its online donation link.
CARE is currently working to reach some of the worst hit areas in Myanmar to distribute emergency relief supplies.
You can donate to CARE here.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working with local government authorities to provide medical and non-medical aid to thousands of people affected by the flooding. The MSF donation page is here.
Save the Children is responding to areas affected by the flooding. You can donate to its Myanmar Flooding Emergency Fund here.

Nepal Earthquake - April 25, 2015
For the latest Disaster Relief news and resources, please visit AFP's Disaster Relief Blog.

The Nepal earthquake (also referred to as the Himalayan earthquake) was a magnitude 7.8 (Mw) earthquake that occurred on Saturday, April 25, 2015, with its epicenter approximately 34 km east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal. It is the most powerful earthquake to have hit Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. Over 8,000 people to date are believed to have died and more than 18,000 injured as a result of the earthquake with casualties reported in Nepal and adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh. The death toll on Mount Everest surpassed that of the 2014 Mount Everest avalanche, making it the most lethal day on the mountain. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal, with certain shocks reaching magnitudes of up to 6.7. A second major earthquake occurred on May 12, 2015, killing at least 16 people and injuring another 846 people.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


For the latest news, please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog on the Nepal Earthquake

Where Next for Nepal? (Huffington Post)
UN General Assembly Okays Resolution on Improving Quake Relief Aid Coordination in Nepal (Shanghai Daily )
Facebook Donate Button Raises $15 Million for Nepal (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Should You Volunteer In Nepal? 7 Dos And Don'ts Of Disaster Relief From An Actual Aid Worker (Bustle)
Crowdfunding for Disaster Aid Hits New High With Nepal Quake (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
With Millions Displaced, ShelterBox Has Essential Relief For Nepal (
Nepal, Aid Agencies Trade Blame as Confusion Mars Quake Relief (Reuters)
Spotlight: Nepal Faces Enormous Challenges in Disaster Relief, Recovery (Xinhua News Agency)
Our Short Attention Span on the Nepal Earthquake and Other Foreign Disasters (
Nonprofits Report Faster and Bigger Response to Nepal Than to Other Recent Disasters (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Nepal Earthquake Roundup: Emergency Fundraising Attention Cycle (Beth's Blog)
Nepal Earthquake Disaster: Who is Donating What? (Euronews)
Nepal Disaster Overwhelms US-Assisted Preparations (Stripes)
Frustration Grows in Nepal as Earthquake Relief Trickles In (
Nepali Earthquake Survivor Raises $57,000 in Disaster Relief (CNN Money)
Considerations for the Disaster Relief to Nepal (NonProfit Quarterly)

Donation Support/Efforts:

HOPE Worldwide is proving food, shelter and medicine to those effected by the earthquake, with a goal to serve 20,000 people in Nepal through various services and 20 tons of relief supplies. Donate online.
VisionTrust is partnering with local churches to provide food, clothing, emergency shelter, and housing repairs. Here is its online donation link.
• The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is an excellent and comprehensive resource on all matters pertaining to this issue. In addition, the CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund allows donors to focus on long-term recovery.
• The Nepal Red Cross Society is the epicenter of the relief efforts and is a direct way to help the people of Nepal. Here is its online donation link.

• The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has begun collecting funds for emerging relief efforts response to the Nepal Earthquake, which will have a critical focus on medical relief and supply delivery to earthquake survivors.
AmeriCares has sent its response team to the impact zone and relief workers are preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. You can help by donating online to their disaster relief fund.
CARE is on the ground and preparing to provide temporary shelter, ready-to-eat meals and water purification and latrine construction. You can learn more about their relief plans here or go directly to their donation page to help.
Catholic Relief Serves is accepting donations to help send relief materials such as shelter kits, water, sanitation and hygiene materials for the affected areas in Nepal and India.
Concern Worldwide is working to provide those in need in Nepal with needed emergency supplies for shelter, cooking and hygiene. You can specify which of these supplies you want to help provide, when you make your online donation.
Direct Relief is preparing and delivering medical resources to local health facilities that are seeing patient surges for quake-related conditions. They are also working with medical companies to secure additional supplies as needed. You can help these efforts with an online donation.
Global Giving has created a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to immediately help both local Nepalese nonprofits and international aid organizations. Supporters can donate online or text GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to donate $10.
Handicap International has been in Nepal since 2000 and the 47-person team is safe. They are providing wheelchairs and assistance to the local hospitals which they report are overwhelmed. You can go online to directly support their Nepal Earthquake Response.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is preparing an emergency response operation and is prepping resources from its hubs in New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The federation is releasing funds from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund to support the initial emergency response, and you can further support their efforts by donating here.
International Medical Corps is on the ground coordinating their response and sending additional staff and resources to support relief efforts. You can support the Nepal Earthquake Response online, or by texting MED to 80888 to give $10.
Lutheran World Relief has staff on the ground assessing the damage and the immediate needs of those affected. You can donate to their Nepal Earthquake Fund which will help them provide water filtration units, personal care kits and more.
MercyCorps has launched the Nepal Earthquake Response fund to help provide food, water and temporary shelter in the aftermath of this disaster
Operation Blessing International is making plans to provide emergency relief with their partner on the ground, Nepali Rescue Project. Donate online to help them give water, food, medical and other emergency supplies.
Operation USA is undertaking recovery efforts in Nepal, providing essential supplies for those affected and hospitals in need. You can help their efforts by donating online or by texting AID to 50555 to donate $10.
Oxfam International is working to help provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food for those affected by this disaster. Donate via Oxfam America here. You can also donate through Oxfam Great Britain here.
Plan International is responding to the needs of children and families in the impacted areas of Nepal. They have launched an international Nepal earthquake appeal that you can support.
Project HOPE is actively preparing to send medicines, supplies and volunteers to help victims of the Nepal Earthquake. You can help by donating online.
Real Medicine Foundation is preparing to send medical teams and supplies to help hospitals with their overwhelming number of patients. You can support them online or text REALMED to 50555 to make a $10 donation.
Save the Children is working to protect vulnerable children and provide relief to families. You can donate online to directly support the Nepal Children's Emergency Relief Fund.
Samaritan's Purse is sending emergency shelter, water, hygiene kits, and other emergency supplies. They are also sending a medical team to offer assistance. You can support this by donating to their Nepal Earthquake Response fund.
Shelterbox is already distributing aid, including tents, that they have prepositioned in the country. You can help them offer shelter to more families in need with a donation.
UNICEF is working with the government and other partners to meet children's immediate needs in water and sanitation, protection, health and nutrition. You can help by donating online.
The World Food Programme is also responding, providing food to those in need. You can help efforts by donating online here.
World Vision is coordinating its response with the national government, and says their immediate focus is potable water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter, and protection for children.To help them provide this, you can donate online to their Nepal earthquake relief fund.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) - November 2013
For the latest Disaster Relief news and resources, please visit AFP's Disaster Relief Blog.

Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Haiyan originated as an area of low pressure east-southeast of Pohnpei in the western Pacific Ocean on November 2. With an expanding and deepening central dense overcast and clear eye visible on satellite, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Haiyan to a super typhoon—a typhoon in which maximum sustained winds attain or exceed 240 km/h (150 mph)—early on November 6. After entering PAGASA's region of responsibility, the JTWC upgraded Haiyan to a Category 5 equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The eye of Haiyan passed over the northern portion of Palau, where extensive wind damage was observed. On November 7, the JTWC estimated the system's one-minute sustained winds to 315 km/h (195 mph), unofficially making Haiyan the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed. Several hours later, the eye of the cyclone made its first landfall in the Philippines at Guiuan, making Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record. Gradually weakening, the storm made five additional landfalls in the country before emerging over the South China Sea. Turning northwestward, the typhoon eventually struck northern Vietnam as a severe tropical storm on November 10. Haiyan was last noted as a tropical depression by the JMA the following day.The cyclone caused widespread devastation in the Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people were feared to have died in the city of Tacloban alone. To stay on top of this developing story, please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog on Typhoon Haiyan.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


• Philippines Relief Hits $78.2 Million; Supplies Getting Through
Top Philippines Relief Charities, According To Charity Navigator
• Picking the Best Charity for Typhoon Haiyan Relief
• Amphibious ships to replace carrier helping with Philippines disaster
• Disaster fund too rigid to offer timely help in Philippines, say charities

Typhoon Haiyan: Hundreds of unidentified victims buried in mass graves
Typhoon Haiyan: A choice to either 'distribute food or collect bodies'
Aid struggles to reach Typhoon Haiyan survivors
Philippines sifting through horror in Typhoon Haiyan
• Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines destruction 'absolute bedlam'

Typhoon Haiyan slams into northern Vietnam
Aid efforts begin after typhoon Haiyan kills 10,000 in Philippines
Official: Over 10,000 feared dead in Typhoon Haiyan
• Filipino Americans across nation aid in typhoon recovery effort
• Typhoon Haiyan leaves thousands dead as it rumbles on towards Vietnam

Donation Support/Efforts:

How to help: Organizations offering relief to Typhoon Haiyan survivors
United Way Worldwide is among the agencies collecting donations for recovery efforts taking place in the Philippines. The public can donate online to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund.
The Philippine Red Cross said it has mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations
The American Red Cross has launched a family tracing service among other aid operations.
UNICEF is taking donations to help provide children with shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines.
World Food Programme, a United Nations organization, said it will be sending meals to those affected and working with local authorities on restoring communications. Text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10.
Save the Children is also mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the region with emergency assistance.
World Vision said will provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters.
Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.
Operation USA will allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) has created a disaster relief fund for victims in the Philippines.
CARE's emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation.
Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies.
Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines.
Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines.
Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. They're working to provide immediate access to water and sanitation materials.
International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid.
Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers
Lutheran World Relief has a dedicated page to Typhoon Haiyan.

Disaster Relief Organizations

Adventist Development and Relief Organization
American Jewish World Service
American Red Cross
• Architecture for Humanity
Baptist World Alliance
Brethren Disaster Ministries
Campus Crusade for Christ
Catholic Relief Services
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Food for the Poor
Free the
Global Aid Network (GAiN)
Habitat for Humanity International
Heart to Heart International
HOPE Worldwide, Ltd 
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
International Medical Corps
International Orthodox Christian Charities
International Red Cross
International Relief and Development
International Relief Teams
• LifeLine Christian Mission
Loma Linda University
Lutheran World Relief
Mercy Corps
Mercy Ships
National Credit Union Foundation

Operation USA
Oxfam International
Partners in Health
Plan International USA
Rotary International
Salvation Army
Samaritan's Purse
Save the Children
Save the Children - Canada
Solar Cookers International
Soroptimist International of the Americas
SOS Children’s Villages-USA
Trees, Water and People
United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries
United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund
World Concern
World Food Programme
World Vision

Fundraising Resources

Disaster Response Checklist Available at No Cost to Nonprofits, Donors & Governments
Doing more measurable good and no harm with disaster response dollars is a challenge amid the chaos and confusion following a disaster.
Now available is a practical Checklist for well considered planning, implementation, evaluation and training. It's based on debriefings and on the literature of what works and what doesn't.

"Lessons Learned from Haiti" - Free Web Seminar Series on Rapid Response Fundraising
Blackbaud, Inc. is offering a free web seminar series to help nonprofits build strategies for mobilizing, soliciting, and stewarding supporters during and after times of disaster. Blackbaud nonprofit experts and partners developed the seminars based on their work with nonprofits that are involved in Haiti relief efforts. The free series, entitled "Lessons Learned from Haiti," includes five seminars that will kick-off on March 11 and will continue through May.

"Planning Disaster: The Role of Philanthropy in Anticipating and Responding"
This past October, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the McCormick Foundation Conference Series convened an invitational summit on philanthropy and disaster relief. The summit brought together 32 of the nation’s leading experts from key nonprofits, foundations, government organizations, corporations, and news organizations to candidly discuss how best to strengthen the philanthropic preparation for and response to disasters.

Disaster Relief - Resources for Charities and Contributors
In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities. (

Red Cross’ Innovative Communications Response
I wanted to tip my hat to the American Red Cross for its immediate and creative communications strategy on the situation in Haiti and fundraising for relief efforts. (Nancy E. Schwartz – Getting Attention blog)

Message From Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Council on Foundations
“Let us know how you are assisting—whether directly to Haiti, through a partner organization or through those in your local communities—so we can share the information with others in our field.”

The DOs and DON'Ts of Disaster Donations
Good intentions sometimes are not enough. This article offers an honest conversation about the impact of aid.

Why People Give During Disasters
The perceived credibility of a disaster-relief organization matters quite a bit, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.


Social Media

• Please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all releif efforts and developments worldwide.
• The ONE Blog has comprehensive updates on the situation.
• Updated information and general ways to help during disasters can be found at USAID.


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