Active Disaster Relief Efforts

From the earthquakes in Indonesia to the growing Rohingya refugee crisis, this is a devastating time for global disasters. Global Impact’s charity alliance includes leading disaster response organizations like AmericaresInternational Medical Corps, and Save the Children. Our charity partners have long-standing programs in many of the locations around the world where both manmade and natural disasters occur, providing immediate and long-term relief for the world’s most vulnerable people. Domestically, our partners are vital in the response effort, protecting children, providing emergency medical supplies, and ensuring that sanitary conditions are maintained and resources are available.
 
Global Impact has the latest response information from on-the-ground and mobilizing responders, as well as funds available to donate to the relief and recovery efforts for the following active disasters:

2019 Ebola Crisis

International Medical Corps Ebola response

The current Ebola crisis continues to spread across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2018, there have been 2,546 reported cases and more than 1,705 fatalities. In July 2019, the disease entered Goma, a major transportation hub and a city of more than two million people.

2019 South Asia Flooding

Direct Relief South Asia flooding
The start of South Asia’s 2019 monsoon season has battered multiple countries over the last week. Affected areas include India’s Bihar and Assam states, Nepal’s Terai region and areas across Bangladesh. Flooding and mudslides caused by the monsoon rains have killed at least 300. An estimated 7.3 million people have been affected in India alone.

Cyclone Kenneth

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday, April 25, just weeks after Cyclone Idai killed 750 people and caused nearly $1 billion in damage. The following Monday saw fatalities rise as heavy rains hindered relief efforts and concern is mounting as 14 cholera cases have been confirmed since May 3.
 
More than 41 deaths have been reported as a result of Cyclone Kenneth, with 30,000 people evacuated Our charity partners are working to provide supplies and other relief to the people impacted by this disaster.

 

Cyclone Idai

CARE Cyclone Idai
Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique on Thursday, March 14, before moving on to Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving disaster in its wake. Heavy precipitation and high winds caused rivers to overflow and led to flash floods and landslides. More than 750 are reported dead with thousands missing and search efforts still ongoing. 

Sunda Strait tsunami

Oxfam America
A tsunami that hit on Dec. 22 along the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia has left at least 426 dead, 7,000 injured and 12 missing. More than 40,000 people have been evacuated.  

California fires

Direct Relief volunteers loading supplies.
Multiple fires recently raged simultaneously across California, covering thousands of acres of ground and threating the lives of thousands of people. Hundreds are still missing, and the town of Paradise, California – once home to 27,000 – has been completely leveled. Now, incoming rain has put areas affected by the fire at risk for flooding and mudslides.

Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts

Indonesia earthquake

On Friday, Sept. 28 a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Palu on Sulawesi island in Indonesia causing a massive tsunami and killing more than 1,500 people. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed and more than 70,000 people have been displaced in Palu alone. This disaster is the second major earthquake to hit Indonesia in just two months. 

Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut
Super Typhoon Mangkhut (or Ompong) made landfall on the island of Luzon in the Philippines early Saturday morning, before moving into the Chinese province of Guangdong late Sunday afternoon. With sustained winds of up to 107 mph, the typhoon downed trees and caused extensive damage across Guangdong; on Luzon, it brought dangerous storm surge and landslides that have blocked roads, destroyed homes and buried communities. Search and rescue operations are still underway.

Kerala, India Flooding

Heavy rain that began on Aug. 8 has triggered ongoing flooding and landslides across the Kerala state in southern India. Rainfall in some areas came in at well over double that of a typical monsoon season, resulting in the worst flooding that the area has seen in a century. Currently, an estimated 32 million people have been affected, with more one million displaced and 400 dead. The floods have taken homes and crops, disrupted roads and transportation and have caused devastating landslides across the region, causing nearly $3 billion in damage.
 

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing the northern Rakine province of Myanmar to escape escalating violence and persecution in what the U.N. is calling “the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.” Since August 2017, it’s estimated that more than half a million Rohingya have escaped over the border into Bangladesh. In just one month, at least 6,700 were killed, including 730 children under five years old.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

In March 2011, Syria was launched into a civil war. Since then, an estimated 11 million Syrians fled their homes, seeking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria’s borders. Those who stay in their homeland face the threat of violence and dwindling resources, while those who leave struggle with restrictive laws, dangerous border crossings, finding work and shelter, and keeping their families together and safe.

Donations to these funds will support some or all of the responding charities listed. Funds are also available on Benevity and YourCause. 
 
If you are interested in utilizing these funds through your workplace or are in need of additional response information, please reach out to [email protected]. We have custom solutions available for fundraising or to provide employee assistance, as well as volunteer opportunities available through our partners.