Top 10 Disaster Relief Funds
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
February 17, 2012
Filed Under Environment
Contributed by Jennifer Andrews, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Major worldly disasters include natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions.
Such disasters can leave a country devastated and in severe need of outside help and support. In particular, countries and areas that are poor and have little resources are at risk for health epidemics, famines and further destruction of economic and social structures. In such cases, international disaster relief organizations provide disaster relief to help re-build communities and avoid crisis. Here is a list of the top 10 disaster relief funds worldwide.
10. United Nations
The United Nations is one of the most significant disaster relief organizations internationally. The UN actually encompasses several further relief agencies that coordinate resources and efforts with national agencies.
9. World Food Program
The World Food Program, or WFP, provides food and feeding supplies during disasters. It further assists with the transportation of food to and from needed villages, towns and communities within a country.
8. Food and Agriculture
The Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, is another division of the United Nations that aids in the re-development of agricultural production. It also sets up national food reserves in developing countries and aids in famine preparation.
7. Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services, or CRS, specializes in providing food relief to feed hungry nations and prevent famines.
CARE-USA was originally founded in 1946 and provided food relief to Europe affected by war ruin and desolation. The organization has since expanded into CARE-International and in 10 different countries.
5. Red Cross
The International Red Cross and Crescent Movement is the largest and most well-known non-governmental agency worldwide. This organization collaborates closely with national Red Cross organizations to provide medical assistance and further relief as needed.
4. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
This health aid organization provides similar relief aids as the Red Cross, with the exception of entering war-torn countries without official authorization. The MSF further serves countries by bringing human rights issues to the table.
3. UN High Commissioner for Refugees
The UNHCR is a major international organization that serves to protect refugees and find long-term solutions to their conflicts and issues.
2. Christian Disaster Response
The Christian Disaster Response, CDS, collaborates with several organizations including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to provide disaster relief supplies and services.
1. Salvation Army
This organization provides emergency assistance to devastated areas through medical assistance, shelter, clothing supplies and distribution of donated items.