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Super Typhoon Haiyan: 5 charities worth checking out
Here's how you can help the Philippines
 
There are plenty of options to aid the Philippines.
There are plenty of options to aid the Philippines. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which will likely go down as the strongest storm in recorded history, more than 10,000 people are feared dead, and at least 600,000 Filipinos are without a home. If you're interested in helping out, here are a few trusted charities worth looking into:

Gawad Kalinga
GK is a wonderful organization that I've worked with that normally concentrates its efforts toward eradicating poverty. In the aftermath of Haiyan, however, the organization is collecting food packets to distribute to displaced families. Donate online via credit card here.

U.N. humanitarian response
In terms of logistics, supplies, and manpower, the U.N.'s humanitarian response arm is among the world's best-equipped — along with the Red Cross — to deliver immediate aid to disaster areas. You can donate much-needed funds through PayPal to the World Food Programme to supply families with nutritious meals.

Mercy Corps
Another organization built on a foundation of seasoned emergency responders. You can help survivors meet basic needs like clean water and food by donating in $35, $74, or $150+ increments here.

Catholic Relief Services
CRS is collecting funds to deliver shelter and clean water. The group's goal is to raise emergency shelters for 32,000 displaced families. You can give here.

Habitat for Humanity
Providing emergency aid is just the start; the road to recovery is much, much longer. Habitat for Humanity's goal is to raise funding for 50,000 cleaning kits for flooded homes, 30,000 shelter repair kits (which include items like tools and wood), and 10,000 new houses for Filipinos who have lost their homes. You can donate here.

 
Chris Gayomali is the science and technology editor for TheWeek.com. Sometimes he writes about other stuff. His work has also appeared in TIME, Men's JournalEsquire, and The Atlantic.

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