Tsunami Aid: Where to Donate Online

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Many relief organizations have set up Websites to take donations for aid to victims of the South Asia tsunami. Below is a partial listing; in addition, several blogs, such as The Command Post and Tsunami Help, also provide good information on where and how to donate. You can also go to Network for Good to donate to multiple aid organizations.

Relief organizations stress that cash contributions are the most effective, because of the expense involved in transporting donations of goods like food or clothing to Asia. Some aid organizations, and where to donate online:


  • International Committee of the Red Cross
    This is the major relief provider in the area and one of the few organizations actively helping people trace lost relatives. It has pledged to raise $8.5 million worldwide for emergency aid

  • Doctors Without Borders
    The group has dispatched 54 tons of medical and sanitation equipment to northern Sumatra and Colombo and opened a clinic in Aceh, near the epicenter of the earthquake

  • UNICEF
    South Asia Tsunami Relief Fund of the United Nations’ International Children’s Emergency Fund

  • CARE
    CARE volunteers in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand are providing survivors with water purification tablets and oral rehydration salts to combat water-borne diseases

  • Oxfam
    Oxfam, which is concentrating its efforts in the worst hit areas, has flown 27 tons of emergency equipment to Sri Lanka and Indonesia and is distributing food and shelter supplies from its base in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

  • UN World Food Programme
    The UN organization has airlifted two shipments of food aid to Colombo and the Maldives as part of its $1.5 million pledge to disaster victims

  • UNHCR
    The UN’s refugee agency is leading the organization’s effort to shelter displaced people and has already delivered tents, kitchen sets and plastic sheeting to thousands in Aceh and Sri Lanka

  • ReliefWeb
    This site, organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, contains news and documents related to major humanitarian crises around the world

  • Save the Children
    Has local teams in Aceh treating children for water-borne diseases and emotional trauma

  • World Vision
    World Vision is collecting money for family survival kits that will include blankets, tarps, water purification tablets and cooking supplies

  • Salvation Army
    The group is giving “practical aid and spiritual comfort” in Sri Lanka, India and Aceh and Nias Island in Indonesia, by setting up feeding centers, distributing clothing and blankets in relief camps and counseling relatives of victims

  • Mercy Corps
    Mercy Corps is working with local organizations in India and Sri Lanka to distribute provisions and has emergency teams in Padang and Banda Aceh

  • Catholic Relief Services
    The organization has pledged $25 million in aid to India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia and has already begun providing food and medical assistance in the affected areas with partner agency Caritas India

  • American Jewish World Service
    The group is working with non-governmental organizations in the disaster region to provide emergency food, shelter and medical relief and long-term development support

  • Islamic Relief Services
    Islamic Relief Worldwide has launched an appeal to raise $4 million for relief intervention and rehabilitation in the region, with $54,000 earmarked for Sri Lanka and Indonesia

  • Lutheran World Relief
    Will help rebuild infrastructure damaged by the tsunami and provide aid and counseling to victims

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities
    Focusing relief efforts on the hardest-hit areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India

  • Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund
    Donate online to the Indian relief fund

  • Kintera.org Non-Profit
    Donate to many non-profits here