This week’s disasters affect thousands in South Pacific and Indonesia

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake shook the South Pacific, triggering tsunami waves that damaged most of the Samoan Islands. Numerous businesses and homes were destroyed in it’s wake. The current death toll is over 100, with many more injured or missing. Numbers are expected to rise as rescue workers search through debris.

CNN.com reports the White House has declared a major disaster, making federal funding available. The US is currently sending planes with assistance to affected areas.

“I thought it was the end of the world,” said Dr. Salamo Laumoli, director of health services in American Samoa. “I have never felt an earthquake like that before.”

In Indonesia, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake left over 1,100 dead, 2,181 injured and thousands still unaccounted for. More than 2,650 buildings have been damaged in the area and landslides have disrupted power and communications.

Your donation to the following charities will help provide basic services for  those in need to restart their lives.

Americares

International Federation of Red Cross

Mercy Corps

Save The Children

World Vision

You may also search the JustGive Guide for additional Disaster Relief charities.

Looking for a way to make a difference without a big budget? When getting together with friends for dinner this weekend, choose a less expensive restaurant. Everyone can pitch in the $5 or $10 saved as a donation to a charity that will provide food and clean water to those in need.

– Sarah Myers, Program Manager