One severe thorn in the flesh of many nations recently has been the epidemic Ebola virus. The virus which formerly was only contained in the backwaters of some countries in Africa has extended its tentacles across the borders of many countries, like, the US, Spain, and other developed countries.
In this poisonous continuum with a hopeful end, one antidote is supply of Help-Professional or financial. There has been supply of help so far, the United States has poured in a lot of resources-both monetary and human. Help has also been supplied by Philanthropists and Foundations, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, they foundations have stretched their help a great deal of distance. NGOs like CDC, WHO, and UN are contributing greatly their quota.
We too can and might want to make contributions to the remedy of the situation, donations to put some blockade to the havoc of the virus and reduce the effects it has been inducing on economies. But even while we do this, we must be careful not to fall victims of scam and cheating. There has so far been some promising places to send your donations, some of them made the list below:
UNICEF: This 4-Star charity organization is a United Nations organization that has grounds in West Africa. The organization has so much to do with children welfare globally. They deal with provision of human resources, supplies, education amongst others.
Centre for Disaster Philanthropy: Headed by Bob Ottenhoff, this is a relatively new organization that sprang as a result of necessary response to victims of disaster. Basically what the Centre does is to identify ‘optimal’ charity organizations and sponsor them with funds. There has been an account lately for response to Ebola-the CDP Ebola Action Fund.
Doctors Without Borders: Also 4-Star rated by Charity Navigator, this organization has gathered international gratitude. They have been speculatively spoken of as being on the fore front in the battle against the virus. This is by the services that render directly to victims affected, and awareness programs. This NGO is in fact the place to stay to measure development towards eradicating the virus.
The American Red Cross: This 3-Star rated organization helps other NGOs in the fight in affected areas. Doing things like setting up treatment centers, public awareness, and decontamination and corpse disposal. You can make donations to the American Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) or International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Samaritan’s Purse: This organization basically assists disaster locations by airlifting supplies, medicine, and treatments. It’s a Christian organization that has a 4-star rating at Charity Navigator. There was even an issue of one of its doctor Kent Brantly that contacted the Ebola virus, but he has been successfully treated in the US.
Partners in Health: Anyone that was old enough to know what disaster meant, and what Haiti’s 2010 disaster was must probably have heard of this organization. It’s 4-star rated at Charity Navigator, and is headed by Dr. Paul Farmer, chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. With all accumulated vigor, they are part of the fight against Ebola.
Save the Children: This charity is basically working in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to help promote awareness and see to limiting the risks of further spread of the virus. Children are orphaned at very fast rates in these countries, and most of these children get to be ostracized by the community. This 4-star organization is known for training health workers, distribute protective kits, and provision of needed medical equipment.
Charity Navigator is a standard and respected evaluator of charity organizations, tagging them with a 3- or a 4-star depending on the ‘reading on their scale’. The above list were basically sourced from Charity Navigator evaluations, you could still see the rest of the 30 organizations listed. By the way the 4-star rating is the highest rating and it goes to show how trustworthy the organizations are.