El Salvador needs short term and long term aid to care for all the people affected by the Deluge of 2011 and to produce a safer and more sustainable environment into the future. Not surprisingly, I have received many inquiries about where people can give.
As you may have deduced from the address for this blog, my religious affiliation is Lutheran. One good way to give money for disaster relief in El Salvador and the rest of Central America is the ELCA Disaster Response. ELCA Disaster Response is very efficient, and guarantees that 100% of funds designated for a particular disaster will be spent with that disaster and not used elsewhere in the organization. You can donate at this link.
In addition, here is a list of organizations working in El Salvador where I have good knowledge of their work and who would be worthy recipients of your donations.
- US-El Salvador Sister Cities
- Voices on the Border
- Colectivo Ceiba
- Programa Velasco
Note that I have only listed US based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations because the bulk of my readers come from the US. There are certainly more organizations based in El Salvador which are doing great work in disaster relief, but it is more difficult for someone in the US to give funds to them, and you don't get a tax deduction. I will list one organization, however. The Comandos de Salvamento have been providing response to emergencies in El Salvador for decades. They were performing heroic duty from the moment the waters began rising. You can visit their website and donate online here.
There are many other organizations which are providing disaster relief as well. A few searches on the Internet will help you find them. I invite any organization providing disaster relief in El Salvador to provide information about your organization using the comment feature on this blog.
In evaluating organizations, you may want to consider these Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis and use the tools at Charity Navigator to check up on an organization soliciting your funds.