In the aftermath of the typhoon that has devastated Manila and other parts of the Philippines, and then moved on to strike Viet Nam, and then in the wake of the earthquake that struck the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, we have had several requests for information on how people might be able to help. We have also included information about the tsunami is Samoa, since several people have requested it.
If you would like to help out, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan suggests sending donations through the following organizations. Their contacts in and experts on these countries assure us that each is a good method of getting aid directly to people. This information is also available on their website, http://www.ii.umich.edu/cseas, linked through the front page, and we will keep the website updated as the situations progress.
Red Cross Indonesia (Palang Merah Indonesia) - Java and Sumatra earthquakes: http://www.pmi.or.id/eng/Default.asp
An online giving page is not available. However, for people willing to send a bank transfer, you can use the following information:
Sumatra Earthquake Donation
BCA KCU Thamrin. Account Number: 206.300668.8, in the name of “Kantor Pusat PMI.”
Or, Bank Mandiri KCU Jakarta Krakatau Steel No. Rek: 070-00-0011601-7, Account name Palang Merah Indonesia.
Donasi Bencana Umum
Bank Mandiri Cabang Wisma Baja, No. Rek. 070-00001-160-17 Account Name: Palang Merah Indonesia
Donation for Java Earthquake Victims in Tangerang, Banten
Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Cabang Pancoran, No. Rek. 0390.0100.0030.303. Account Name: Palang Merah Indonesia
Typhoon Ketsana (called Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines)slammed into the Philippines on 26 September, killing at least 240 people and affecting more than 1.8 million people. Philippine Red Cross volunteers are working round the clock in search and rescue operations.
Philippine Red Cross
In the Philippines, the Red Cross has opened 130 evacuation centers and volunteers have saved more than 400 people from rooftops and high walls during terrible flooding. Thousands of survivors are receiving safe shelter, hot meals and blankets. If you would like to help out in the Philippines, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies suggests sending donations through the Philippine Red Cross. Our contacts in the country assure us that this is a good method of getting aid directly to people. They also suggest strongly that donations to “political” and unknown NGO’s be avoided, since, unfortunately, there is evident political posturing occurring related to the upcoming presidential elections. A giving page on the Philippine National Red Cross website can be found at: http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/Default.aspx?S=48&SS=972
For people wishing to send a bank transfer instead, you can use the following information:
Account Name: Philippine National Red Cross- Rizal Chapter
Beneficiary Acct# 8055001806, Beneficiary Bank, RCBC Savings Bank
Bank Address: 615 Shaw Blvd,Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Philippines CHIP UID 382399
Intermediary Bank: Wachovia Bank, N.A. Intermediary Bank Address: New York, New York.
Fedwire Routing Number 026005092
Another option for helping in the Philippines is BayanUSA. BAYAN-Philippines' "BALSA" (Bayanihan para sa Sambayanan, or "People's Cooperation for the People", is an organization that was formed 12 years ago to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis that the government fails to address.
A donation page can be found at: http://bayanusa.org/
or funds can be directly deposited into the following account: Bank: Chase
Account Name: BAYAN-USA
Account Number: 340-209749-3 Please make checks payable to "BAYAN-USA." If you have any questions about Bayan USA’s efforts, please do not hesitate to contact Rhonda Ramiro, Secretary General of BAYAN-USA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippine Jesuit Foundation
A third option is to send money through the Philippine Jesuit Foundation in New York. Please send checks made out to “Philippine Jesuit Foundation,” and on the memo line, mark the checks for “relief of Typhoon Ondoy Victims.”
Mail the donation to: Philippine Jesuit Foundation , 236 West 27th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 1000
These donations will be delivered whole and not subject to any handling fees. They will be forwarded to Fr. Roberto Yap, S.J. and the Province Treasurer’s Office in Manila will redirect donations to the most needy
Recent heavy rains have also had a severe impact in Viet Nam. Thousands of Viet Nam Red Cross volunteers helped evacuate more than 160,000 people before Typhoon Ketsana hit there on 29 September. Volunteers are ready to provide additional help once the impact of Ketsana is clear.
Binh Rybacki, from Children of Peace has shared the following information with us.
“Hundreds of volunteers are preparing ‘survival packages’ for the flood victims. Effort is being made to reach the victims every day. We went to Phu Yen last weekend to deliver scholarships to the indigenous tribal children and we left Phu Yen just hours before the storm settled there. At least the children had their early Trung Thu festival, all of us know that the storm will arrive thus we made effort to let the children have their festivities.We turned one of our orphanage into flood shelter, we particularly built this orphanage on higher ground than the rest of our neighbor, it is now home to many of our neighbors.It is quite devastated from Vinh all the way down to Quang Nam, Quang Ninh in the north by the coast got hit as well, but not as hard at the Central region. The South just got heavy rain. Da Nang had to close all schools indefinitely. Our care packages has sugar, bottled water, rice, ramen noodles, instant vegetable, tea, coffee. We welcome any help from you and your friends.” He thanks everyone for thinking of the victims.
A donation page for the organization can be found at: www.childrenofpeace.org
A massive tsunami triggered by the earthquake swept through Samoa on Tuesday, flattening villages and sweeping cars out to sea. Around one hundred people have been reported dead. The death toll is expected to rise.
Red Cross New Zealand – Samoa
“Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal: New Zealand Red Cross has launched an appeal to assist the disaster and recovery response.
Donations can be made via secure online donation at http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php
Americares – South Pacific and SEA: Phillipines, Vietnam, Cambodia, American Samoa and Indonesia
“Back-to-back disasters like those currently affecting the Phillippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, American Samoa and Indonesia are stretching our resources. Your gift to AmeriCares today will help us respond to disasters like these and maintain our ability to deliver aid to others in desperate need wherever they are and whenever they need it.”
Mercy Corps – Asia Pacific Disaster – Indonesia and Samoa
"In Samoa, our assistance will be channeled through South Pacific Business Development, which gives group loans to poor women in villages throughout the Samoan islands. In Indonesia, Mercy Corps’ response will include distribution of shelter items, other relief supplies and provision of clean water. Our team will also continue to assess the situation, alongside other responders and local authorities, to determine how we can help with other urgent needs.”
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