Relief Organizations for Natural Disasters

At this time, given the uncertainties of relief efforts in two of the three cases listed below, there are no plans for an NAIS-led drive to assist victims. But we wanted to provide up to date information on organizations your school can contact.



The American Red Cross is the best non-governmental organization in terms of comprehensive relief efforts.  1-800-HELP-NOW                                        

The American Red Cross honors donor intent.  If you wish to designate a donation for a specific disaster, please do so at the time of donation.



The Chinese government is accepting some outside assistance.

American Red Cross

To make a donation:  Call  1-800-HELP-NOW             

Make a secure, online donation.  Contact your local Red Cross chapter.  Or mail a donation.

The American Red Cross honors donor intent.  If you wish to designate a donation for a specific disaster, please do so at the time of donation. 

Donate to Mercy Corps  by calling 800-852-2100 or mail donations to: China Earthquake Fund, Dept NR, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208.

Donate to World Vision by calling  888-56-CHILD or mail donations to: P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.



Here’s the list provided by Interaction.  As you are probably aware, most of the planning and the aid has been spurned by the Myanmar government so make sure these folks can deliver what they promise!

Action Against Hunger
247 West 37th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018, 877-777-1420            
(May 12, 2008) - Working on the ground in Myanmar since 1994, Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) teams responded immediately with rapid assessments around Yangon and in the Ayeyarwaddy delta. Based on rapid assessments, ACF launched emergency operations in Yangon and Bogalay while flying reinforcements to the region to ensure a response in the south. Current programs: environmental clearing and clean-up; distributions of nutritional products (high protein biscuits), food (rice, oil, beans, lentils), and essential nonfood items (cooking and hygiene kits); distributions of water purifying tablets, pumps, and equipment for the provision of clean water. Next phase: rehabilitation and protection of water points and hygiene education; distributions of rations, cash, and/or vouchers depending on market accessibility. Donations can be made securely at

ADRA International
Myanmar Cyclone Fund, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, 1-800-424-ADRA (2372) (May 12, 2008) - In a continued effort to assist the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has committed at least $235,000 in emergency funds for immediate disaster relief, and is providing food assistance and medical supplies to communities in the hard-hit Irrawaddy Delta region in southern Myanmar. ADRA is currently accepting financial contributions to help the communities affected by this disaster. Donations can be made securely at

Air Serv International
410 Rosedale Court, Suite 190, Warrenton, VA 20186, 1-866-428-2323
(May 7, 2008) - Air Serv International is preparing to be a first responder to Myanmar disaster. With helicopters ready to deliver crucial supplies and relief workers to areas hardest hit in this devastated country, Air Serv is conducting a needs-assessment on how to deliver aid to the Myanmar people quickly and efficiently. As time is always an issue in responding to a disaster, Air Serv mobilized its Rapid Response Team the moment news broke about the events in Myanmar. Air Serv International is accepting gifts in kind of aircraft equipment, communications equipment, and fuel.

American Friends Service Committee
Myanmar Fund, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 888-588-2372            
(May 9, 2008) - The American Friends Service Committee is responding to the flooding in Myanmar with immediate assistance to those affected. AFSC also is committed to a long-term recovery that is flexible to the needs of the Burmese people, building on our ongoing partnerships with community groups and schools.  

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
JDC: Myanmar Cyclone Relief, P.O. Box 530, 132 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017,  1-212-687-6200             
(May 6, 2008) - JDC is collecting funds to assist the cyclone victims on a nonsectarian basis. JDC is now in contact with leaders from the local Jewish Community in Yangon and with other disaster relief partners in the region to determine an appropriate emergency response, one that reaches those who are not being served by others.

American Jewish World Service
45 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016, 1-800-889-7146           
(May 6, 2008) - AJWS has been making grants focused on Burma since 2002 and has long-standing partnerships with organizations on the eastern and northern borders of the country. These groups are providing contacts and support networks to those who are affected. AJWS is providing rapid relief funding to communities hit by the storm, particularly in the Irrawaddy River Delta. Due to their remote rural location, these communities are even less able to access aid than those in other parts of Burma.

American Red Cross
International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013, 1-800-HELP-NOW              
(May 12, 2008) - The American Red Cross is supporting the relief efforts of the Myanmar Red Cross, which has more than 27,000 volunteers on the ground. On May 11, the first airplane of American Red Cross supplies arrived in country. In total, the American Red Cross has made available an estimated 10,000 tarps, 20,000 mosquito nets, 3,800 kitchen sets, 30,000 jerry cans, and 15,000 hygiene kits from warehouses in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai. As of May 12, the American Red Cross has committed a total of $1.5 million in supplies and financial support, including $1 million from USAID. The American Red Cross is in close contact with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and will provide additional assistance as needed.

American Refugee Committee
430 Oak Grove Street, Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55403, 1-800-875-7060       
(May 6, 2008) - ARC intends to respond to the emergency and is working to distribute emergency supplies. Pending approval of entry visas, a rapid assessment team will be deployed to the region. ARC will work with local partners to respond.

88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902, 1-800-486-4357           
(May 6, 2008) - AmeriCares has relief workers on the ground in Myanmar coordinating our relief efforts. Our emergency response includes over 15 tons of essential medicines and medical supplies valued at more than $1 million ready to leave our warehouse in Amsterdam. We are also looking into alternate delivery methods in order to send our aid as quickly as possible. AmeriCares aid includes emergency medicines and medical supplies essential for relief efforts after a disaster, including: antibiotics, analgesics, latex gloves, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins, anti-malarials, medications used to treat diarrheal diseases and dengue fever, as well as water purification sachets to produce potable water in the flooded region. To donate financial or in-kind resources, please contact AmeriCares at  1-800-486-4357 or visit us at

Giving Children Hope
8332 Commonwealth Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90621, 714-523-4454                                   
(May 12, 2008) - Giving Children Hope is collecting monetary donations for the victims of the Myanmar cyclone. Monetary donations are being collected to purchase water purification tablets, antibiotics, mosquito netting, local food, and other disaster materials. Giving Children Hope is an Orange County, California, faith-based, nonprofit organization engaged in domestic and international poverty alleviation through disaster relief, medical development, vocational training, and advocacy.

Habitat for Humanity
Cyclone Nargis, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498, 1-800-Habitat          
(May 6, 2008) - Habitat for Humanity is assembling a technical team to partner with other organizations in support of long-term shelter reconstruction efforts for those affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which left nearly one million people homeless. HFHI has played a major role in rebuilding efforts following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and will bring its considerable experience in rebuilding permanent housing following disasters to the work in Myanmar.

Hands On Disater Response
Box 546, Carlisle, MA 01741, 706-476-0310         
(May 12, 2008) - Hands On Disaster Response has recently completed our project in Bangladesh, after cyclone Sidr, repairing and building schools and homes, and providing a broad range of volunteer based disaster assistance. We will send an assessment team to Myanmar, and are prepared for a similar response, pending visa approvals. See for information on the work of more than 2,000 volunteers over our past five projects and to make a secure donation.

International Medical Corps (IMC)
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404, 800-481-4462             
(May 12, 2008) - International Medical Corps (IMC) is coordinating with international and local partners to provide emergency relief for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis. IMC is working closely with the World Food Program and other international organizations on the ground in Myanmar, as well as a local partner, to administer medicines, medical supplies, and other relief items while waiting on visas to deploy its emergency response team. Once on the ground, IMC will continue to collaborate with its partners to administer emergency medical assistance and distribute relief materials to Myanmar’s most impacted populations, including Yangon and the Irrawaddy Delta region. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is responding to Cyclone Nargis with partners in Burma to provide 10,000 displaced families with emergency food, shelter, medical care, and water purification kits through July 31, 2008. CRWRC will continue to collaborate with local NGOs to assess and determine plans for additional recovery, resettlement and reconstruction phases during this time.

International Relief and Development
1621 North Kent Street, Fourth Floor, Arlington, VA 22209
(May 12, 2008) - IRD is accepting donations to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. IRD is lending its regional expertise to provide humanitarian aid and support the work of local Burmese organizations responding to the disaster. IRD’s response will be based on the needs on the ground and has traditionally consisted of emergency nonfood items, food, and water.

International Relief Teams
Attn: Myanmar Cyclone, 4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92120, 619-284-7979                   
(May 6, 2008) - International Relief Teams (IRT) is collecting cash donations to help purchase relief supplies to assist the survivors of the catastrophic cyclone in Myanmar. IRT will work in collaboration with partner organizations to get aid to communities most affected.

International Rescue Committee
Please note on checks: Myanmar, P.O. Box 96651, Washington, DC 20090-6651, 1-877-REFUGEE                         
(May 6, 2008) - International Rescue Committee emergency experts have started arriving in Myanmar to determine the needs of cyclone survivors and launch rapid relief efforts. IRC teams initially expect to focus on supplying clean water and emergency supplies and setting up sanitation facilities for tens of thousands of vulnerable people who have been made homeless by the disaster. In addition to water, urgent needs include shelter materials, food, and special care for children. The IRC is accepting donations to help victims of the disaster. Call 1-877-REFUGEE or visit

Latter-day Saint Charities
50 East North Temple, Floor 7, Salt Lake City, UT 84150
(May 6, 2008) - Latter-day Saint Charities has been working in Myanmar since 1998 with emphasis on clean water and mother/child health. We have a field team in-country and closely cooperate with other international agencies in disaster response. Latter-day Saint Charities is accepting gifts in kind of medical supplies.

Lutheran World Relief
P.O. Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21298-9832, 800-597-5972           
(May 6, 2008) - LWR is supporting the response of Action by Churches Together, a worldwide coalition of faith-based aid agencies, to the Myanmar (Burma) cyclone. The response will address emergency needs such as food, clean water, and shelter. LWR is also exploring other potential partnerships for responding to this disaster.

Medical Teams International
P.O. Box 10, Portland OR 97207,  800-959-4325             
(May 8, 2008) - Medical Teams International is partnering with World Concern in Myanmar to purchase medicines and supplies for families devastated by Cyclone Nargis. Agency medical volunteers and staff are also on standby in various countries, waiting for visa approval to enter Myanmar. Once these approvals are received, these volunteers and staff will provide direct medical care and help local partners expand their efforts to prevent and treat disease. Medical Teams International is currently accepting donations and gifts in kind of antibiotics, analgesics, anitfungals, and malaria and cholera drugs.

MAP International
Donor Member Services, Myanmar Assistance, P.O. Box 7020, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9931, 800-225-8550            
(May 12, 2008) - MAP International is currently working with partner organizations on the ground in Myanmar to provide emergency medicines and relief supplies. MAP has shipped medicines to Bangkok, which will be hand-carried into Myanmar. In addition to delivering medicines to medical teams, MAP is also purchasing medicines from local sources. MAP is planning to remain involved in Myanmar for at least the next 12 to 15 months.

Mercy Corps
Myanmar Cyclone Fund, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208, 1-800-852-2100        
(May 12, 2008) - Mercy Corps is sending its top European official to Myanmar and hopes to have several other members of an emergency-response team in country in the coming week. Mervyn Lee, executive director of Mercy Corps Europe, is expected to arrive early next week in Myanmar. Once on the ground, Mercy Corps staff will work with partner agencies to help assess needs and explore opportunities to ease suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Mercy Corps will explore ways to provide clean water and reduce disease risks through improved sanitation. The agency will also consider Cash-for-Work programs that pay residents to clear debris, repair infrastructure, and fill other immediate needs.

Operation USA
Memo: "Myanmar Cyclone", 3617 Hayden Avenue, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232, 800-678-7255           
(May 12, 2008) - Operation USA has a team on the Thailand-Myanmar border awaiting entry visas and is partnering with IOs and NGOs active inside Myanmar. OpUSA has worked for 15 years with Burmese refugees in the border areas and is purchasing relief supplies locally as well as preparing medical shipments from its U.S. warehouse.

Myanmar Cyclone Rapid Response, 1200 18th Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20003, 202-466-5666   
(May 8, 2008) - Pact has more than 1,300 local staff working in Myanmar. Four hundred of them are in the Delta region working from 34 branch offices (mostly intact due to sturdier construction) in more than 1,500 villages. Pact is the only NGO with such reach and, in two of the hardest hit townships, the only operating NGO. Because of the local, on-the-ground network, Pact is being asked to take on a role as distributors of immediate assistance — most importantly food, water, and shelter. Pact anticipates initially to be able to mobilize efforts to reach 75,000 households with food aid, 50,000 with oral rehydration solution, and 20,000 with plastic water containers. Down the road, Pact hopes to be able also to help survivors of the cyclone to rebuild their lives. For more information, please visit

Project HOPE
255 Carter Hall Lane, Millwood, VA 22646, 1-800-544-4673       
(May 6, 2008) - Project HOPE will respond with appropriate medical assistance when the needs have been assessed and requirements identified. We will work with donor companies to secure donations of medical product, with individuals to secure cash donations to support our response, and with partner organizations to ensure that the medicines are properly stored and utilized. If a longer-term response is warranted, HOPE will make a determination as to what role it can play.

Relief International
1575 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 1-310-478-1200       
(May 6, 2008) - Relief International (RI) is assessing the extent of damage and evaluating appropriate emergency response strategies to provide aid, following a massive Category 3 cyclone in southeast Myanmar. RI is reaching out to local partners to provide emergency assistance to relief operations. RI program response will be expanded as emergency and long-term needs are detailed. The RI Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) team is currently on standby at our Los Angeles headquarters to provide additional assistance. To help, please donate now to RI’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF). The ERF is RI’s revolving emergency fund, drawn upon only for emergencies throughout the world, including the current crisis in Myanmar.

Salvation Army World Services Army
Myanmar Relief, The Salvation Army International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, 1-800-SAL-ARMY              
(May 12, 2008) - The Salvation Army has been in Burma (Myanmar) since 1915. Personnel there are providing cooked meals from their own store of food for those in desperate need. They are also dispensing rice and other available relief materials. Two Salvation Army children's homes in Yangon have artesian wells and personnel are running the generators to pump water from the wells almost nonstop. The public is coming to these compounds to receive water. An assessment team from the region is currently determining the most immediate needs to be met and will plan accordingly. SAWSO is committed to supporting The Salvation Army in meeting urgent and other needs as they emerge over the long haul. An international emergency assessment team arrives on Wednesday, May 14.

Save the Children USA
54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880, 800-728-3843                
(May 12, 2008) - During the first week of relief operations, Save the Children's 500-person staff based in Myanmar has reached 100,000 survivors of the cyclone in 12 Yangon townships and the Irrawaddy Delta region. Supplies have included rice, water, oral solution, water purification devices, blankets, materials for cooking, and shelter. The first plane load of relief supplies arrived in Myanmar this weekend. Government officials approved the shipment and the materials are now on their way to the delta region. During the past week Save the Children has been purchasing relief materials within the country to supplement its massive relief operation.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UUSC-UUA Cyclone Nargis Relief Fund, P.O. Box 845259, Boston, MA 02284-5259, 1-800-388-3920            
(May 6, 2008) - The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights organization based in Cambridge, MA, responds strategically to natural or man-made humanitarian crises, especially when rights are threatened or when those in need are overlooked or neglected by traditional relief strategies.

United Methodist Committee on Relief
#3019674 Myanmar Emergency, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087, 800-554-8583            
(May 12, 2008) - UMCOR is responding to the Myanmar cyclone by working through Action by Churches Together, a worldwide coalition of faith-based aid agencies. The response addresses needs such as water, food, and shelter. UMCOR continues to explore other partnerships to respond to this disaster.

United States Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038