"Any disaster increases the vulnerability of children. And we know from experience that an earthquake of this enormity -- with widespread destruction of homes, schools, infrastructure ... will put thousands of children at risk," Charles MacCormack, Save the Children's president and CEO, said Saturday in a statement. "It is critical to reach affected children and families now in the early hours and meet their immediate survival needs. At the same time, we must also ensure that children, because they are at greater risk, are protected and nurtured as their country begins the difficult relief and recovery process."
Click HERE to donate to the organization's Children's Emergency Fund.
The charity is rushing emergency supplies -- including clean water, blankets and tents -- to children and families affected by the massive quake.
World Vision has more than 100 staffers in Chile, and has worked in that country for three decades. Many World Vision employees live and work in areas close to the quake's epicenter.
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SOS Children's Villages
SOS Children's Villages provides long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families.
The organization has 13 facilities in Chile, four of which are in the greater Concepción area -- the region that was hardest hit by the quake. The four facilities are ready to provide immediate temporary care for children who are unaccompanied by adults, are ready to support family reunification and also are ready -- to a smaller extent -- to provide long-term care for children whose parents perished in the quake.
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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat will mobilize all its available resources to provide shelter for needy families that were affected by the quake.
Habitat for Humanity Chile has provided more than 3,500 families with adequate housing since 1998.
To donate or get more information, click HERE.
Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA said it will send emergency medical aid to Chile.
Click HERE to donate online at www.opusa.org.
You may also donate by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, sent to 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.
Text the word "REBUILD" to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA's disaster relief efforts in Chile.