There is a smart, clever and extraordinarily useful organization that deserves attention and can be of great use to the Philippines.
It is called Shelterbox.
“We ask ourselves at ShelterBox: What would a family need to survive if they lost everything? We then fill abox with the most essential items. The contents have changed over the past decade as we have evolved and the result is the ShelterBox solution we see today.”
I once was the logistical director of Sierra Leone for an NGO. I spent over a year in Kosovo during and after the war there. During Katrina in America I spent months in a tent working there. I have seen many wars and disasters as my job was to go to such places and set things up so that organizations can effectively help those affected. I now live in the Philippines and find myself a victim of such disasters.
This is probably the most effective donation you can make, and again, I am saying that as a twenty year veteran of logistics.
The items are needed and are useful beyond the storm. Tents are extraordinary, almost magical things to have, particularly in the still rainy climate of the Philippines. The stove means clean water and rice being cooked. The tools allow more stable shelter to be built.
Please take a minute to look at their site.