Charleston Responds is an invitation to the people of Charleston to provide relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through Water Missions International. Charleston Responds was initiated by Charleston's own, Mayor Joe Riley, the Holy City's hospitality industry, and some of Charleston's own media, who give our city her voice. Together, we can provide relief.

Are you here to respond?
We can't do this without you.

*All donations designated for Typhoon Haiyan will go directly to current 
Philippine relief efforts and will not be reserved for future disasters.

What is 'Charleston Responds' all about?

Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm in recorded history to make landfall, struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The storm devastated parts of the nation of islands and the needs are great. 

Since that event, the people of Charleston have responded with an outpouring of concern for the victims of this storm. As a city that has been devastated by disaster and rebuilt in the past--almost 25 years ago--we know the value of a helping hand and what a difference the generosity of others can make in recovery. As Charlestonians, we know restoration is possible. Our city tells that truth. We have unique perspective and a wonderful way to respond to those in need in the Philippines.

Based right here in Charleston, S.C., Water Missions International (WMI) has served over 2.4 million people in 49 countries on 5 continents since 2001 and has responded to some of the largest natural disasters around the world, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2008 Sichuan China earthquake, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

WMI is currently on the ground and actively working in the Philippines having already mobilized a relief effort to supply safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of displaced victims within the coming weeks. There is still more urgent need waiting to be met. The people of the Philippines need our city's support.

Join Charleston's own Mayor Joe Riley, our community, and the voices of Charleston in backing the Charleston Responds campaign to provide relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through Water Missions International.

Are you in?

YOU are part of what makes Charleston great. This is your chance to respond to great need in the Philippines. Be part of 'Charleston Responds' relief movement and show the people of the Philippines they are not forgotten in Charleston.

What if you responded? What if we all say 'yes' and give what we can?
Imagine the HOPE this city can give and the story we'll tell together. It starts here.

*All donations designated for Typhoon Haiyan will go directly to current
Philippine relief efforts and will not be reserved for future disasters.

What's next? Will you help us Spread the word?

Will you help us spread the word across your spheres of influence, to your email address book, in your schools and work places, and across your social media? Share a link to this website on your own Facebook page or talk about this on Twitter. (Don't forget to use the hashtag #CHSresponds so that we can tell a bigger story together.) Also, be sure to follow WMI on Twitter and Facebook for updates on our relief efforts. You'll also find updates on our blog, Field Notes. When you give you are part of every effort moving forward.

Charleston, we can do something big together. Are you with us?

If you'd like to mail in a donation rather than give online, please make checks out to Water Missions International and include 'Charleston Responds' on the memo line. Please call us if you have questions. 

Phone (843) 769-7395
Toll Free (866) 280-7107

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 31258
Charleston, SC 29417

Special thanks to Darcy Shankland and Charleston Magazine, Mickey Bakst of Charleston Grill at the Charleston Place Hotel, and the City of Charleston for your help to get Charleston Responds moving. 

Water Missions International is honored to hold Charity Navigator's top rating for the seventh consecutive year, a distinction only shared by two percent of charities rated by the organization. Additionally, WMI is a member in excellent standing with the Evangelical   Council for Financial Accountability and their Standards for Responsible Stewardship.