Nine Ways You Can Donate to Hurricane Matthew Relief Projects

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“It’s like we are slowly dying. We have nothing to live for.”

Micheline Clerveaux, 18, whose father died Tuesday while trying to save her life during the catastrophic Hurricane Matthew storm, explained to the The New York Times the emotions of surviving the aftermath. The NYT shared her story along with dozens of other unimaginable horrors in this Sunday paper, as experts try to understand the devastation left behind by the Category 4 storm.

Assessments of the damage are still varied; the NYT says that 900 people have died so far in Haiti alone while other numbers reflect at least half of that. “We do not know the exact number; we cannot find all the people,” Haitian senator Herve Fourcand, told CNN on Saturday. The NYT also reported that 500,000 people still stranded in the south of Haiti alone, and CNN reports at least 60,000 people are displaced.

The storm also took lives and created massive flood damage throughout the Caribbean and United States (15 lives have been reported as of Sunday afternoon). President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for both North and South Carolina as flooding has overtaken the region and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Friday, “Many of these areas have not had this level of flooding since, like, the late 1800s.”

So how can you help? Do you text a number that you see on a Facebook feed? How can you be sure your donation goes to all the right places? This is where Charity Navigator comes in. This online watchdog for charity donations givess donors with a review of each charity’s financial health, accountability and transparency.

Below are a few of their top Hurricane Matthew donation charities that they recommend. You can view their full list here and also review their guide to understanding on how to contribute during times like these, which advises to only give to established charities, why not to send supplies, cautions of texting a donation and much, much more.

For General Emergency Relief:

Direct Relief    ★★★★ 100 rating
Hurricane Matthew Direct Relief website
Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is California’s largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization. Direct Relief provides medical assistance to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and disaster – at home and throughout the world. Since 2000, Direct Relief has responded to a wide range of urgent and ongoing health emergencies, by providing more than $3.4 billion in essential material resources – medicines, supplies and equipment, including more than $500 million in assistance in the United States.
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Hope For Haiti    ★★★★ 93.59 rating
Hurricane Matthew Hope For Haiti Website
Hope for Haiti’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare. Over the last 12 years, Hope for Haiti has provided approximately $100 million to the Haitian people in the areas of education, nutrition and healthcare.
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Water Mission    ★★★★ 92.06 rating
Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas.
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Helping Hand for Relief and Development    ★★★★ 98.23 rating
Helping Hand for Relief and Development is a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disastrous situations anywhere all over the world regardless race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, cultural diversity and social background; with special focus on countries where the massive population is living below the poverty line.
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For Children and Women:

Catholic Medical Mission Board    ★★★★ 97.23 rating
CMMB is a leading faith-based NGO committed to integrating and focusing its programming around saving the lives of children and mothers throughout Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Hope for Haiti’s Children    ★★★★ 94.6 rating
Hope For Haiti’s Children (HFHC) is a faith-based organization founded in 1995 in order to demonstrate Christian compassion to poverty-bound Haitian children and their families, providing opportunities for these children to become leaders in their homes, churches, and communities.
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United States Fund for UNICEF    ★★★ 85.64 rating
UNICEF works for children in more than 190 countries and territories. Every child, no matter where they live, deserves a safe and healthy childhood. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF raises funds for UNICEF’s work on child survival, child development, child protection and emergencies.
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For Rebuilding Communities / Volunteer:

All Hands Volunteers   ★★★★ 93.61 rating
All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.
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For People With Disabilities:

Handicap International US    ★★★ 89.39 rating
Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We respond to natural and civil disasters in order to limit serious and permanent injuries and to assist survivors’ recovery.
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For more charities, you can view the full Charity Navigator list here.

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