Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Helping the Philippines

Here's probably as long a list as you need of reputable and effective charities helping typhoon victims in the Philippines.

  • Philippine Red Cross - coordinating disaster relief on the ground now throughout much of the country
  • Philippine branch of Unicef - helping children affected by the typhoon with drinkable water, medical supplies, food, and shelter
  • Save the Children - as well as responding to the needs of children and families, setting aside 10% of each donation to help prepare for future emergencies
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) - has emergency teams in Cebu (nearest operational airport to the disaster) and in Tacloban, a devastated coastal town

As usual these days, the U.S. military continues its transition into the world's best and most effective disaster relief service. (And carries on as the greatest force for good in world history.) Godspeed.

With some 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, the George Washington brings enormous capacity to relief efforts. Beyond serving as a staging platform for flights, the carrier's water distilling plants can produce 400,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of fresh water per day.

The carrier also counts a carrier air wing on board with helicopters that can bolster disaster relief efforts. The carrier, supporting ships, and aircraft can provide humanitarian assistance, supplies, and medical care in support of the ongoing relief effort.

An initial contingent of U.S. forces are already on the ground, with most operating out of Villamor Air Base in Manila, and a smaller group in Tacloban.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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