How You Can Help
|Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, load equipment and supplies bound for Southeast Asia as part of disaster relief, January 1, 2005. |
(Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Pallazola)
Kids around the nation are pitching in to raise money, food, and clothing for victims of a tsunami that devastated six countries in Southeast Asia on December 26. If you would like to join their efforts, you can find out how right here. Check out the agencies below to learn how you can make a difference:
American Red Cross
So far, the American Red Cross has sent more than $25 million in food supplies, tents, and hygiene kits to areas affected by the tsunami. You can make an immediate donation, or find out how kids can get involved in relief efforts.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF has been assisting those in need since 1946. Originally organized to help the children in war-torn Europe, China, and the Middle East, UNICEF has since expanded to help children all over the world. The organization focuses on five particular areas: education, emergencies, health, immunization, and malnutrition. A section on Youth Action will tell you how you can help. You'll find information on how to organize a fund-raising activity.
Save the Children
Save the Children was founded in 1932 as a nonprofit child-assistance organization. Working in 17 states across the U.S. as well as 40 other countries, Save the Children helps families and children improve their health, education, and economic situations. Currently, Save the Children is working to help those affected by the tsunami by sending household kits. These kits contain hygiene items, cooking utensils, a small cook stove, blankets, sleeping mats, and mosquito repellent. Visit the Save the Children site to learn how you can help. Don't forget to check out the Kids and Youth section to see how other kids have pitched in.
United Nations World Food Program (WFP)
Founded in 1963, WFP is the United Nation's frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. The organization provides food and helps rebuild communities. WFP is currently sending food to Somalia and Sri Lanka to help those affected by the tsunami.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
Founded in 1985, AJWS has worked to help those suffering from hunger, poverty, or illness all over the world. Currently, AJWS is working with other community-based organizations to help provide emergency relief and reconstruction to the areas affected by the tsunami. Visit the AJWS site to learn how you can make a donation and contribute to the tsunami relief efforts. You have the option of making a donation online or by mail. You can make an online donation or send your donation by mail. Be sure to add Tsunami Relief to the address.
BAPS Care International
BAPS Care International is a nonprofit organization based in India that has provided health care, schools, and more since 1907. You can send in donations online, through the mail, or by fax.
CARE works with more than 70 countries around the world to find solutions to poverty. The CARE Corps Teens section provides information on how you can help. You can even donate your mobile phone! Be sure to read the Donation FAQ's.
International Aid is a nonprofit, global relief agency. So far, International Aid has sent $3 million in supplies to Indonesia. You can make donations to the tsunami relief online, by phone, or by mail. You can also send items like soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.