How You Can Help - FAQ's

  • Question
    I want to make sure my money goes straight to the victims and is not spent on overheads of the aid agency. How can I do this?

  • Answer
    It is not possible to deliver aid without incurring costs. Transport is expensive. Staff will be needed to identify the beneficiaries, arrange transportation and distribute the aid. At the same time there is a responsibility on the part of the aid agency to ensure that all overheads are kept to a minimum without compromising the effective delivery of aid to the people who need it most. Information on the overheads incurred by agencies are available in their annual accounts.

    Do remember that the organisation with the lowest overheads is not necessarily the best. Be sure to ask for detailed information from the agency about their activities. Only donate to organisations whose work you approve of.
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  • Question
    I'd love to volunteer to help out in the disaster but do I have the right skills?

  • Answer
    Well-intentioned people who lack disaster experiences and technical skills and who are not familiar with the local culture and language can become a hindrance to relief efforts without realising it. They can get in the way, or use up valuable resources such as transport and accommodation, without effectively contributing to the relief effort.If you do want to help and you do not have the skills and experience to work in the disaster region itself you can play a very important role in the relief effort by volunteering in Ireland. It is possible to volunteer your skills to help the aid agency here in Ireland. You could staff phone lines for an aid agency and take donations or it may be possible to organise a local fundraising event.
    For more information, see www.volunteeringoptions.org 
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  • Question
    I have already collected items, many of which I have discovered are not going to be of use to the disaster victims and the rest is too expensive to transport. What do I do now?

  • Answer
    It would be best to sell the items in order to generate much needed cash. If they cannot be sold, then it might be possible to donate them to a local charity. Donating locally eliminates transport costs and ensures relief workers are free to carry out priority work. Local agencies will have time to sort the items and identify how they can be most useful.






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