Facebook Will Match Your Flood Relief Donations

By Yen Saning 10 August 2015

RANGOON — For those who like to help out, supporting the victims of Burma’s recent flood crisis is now just a simple click away. Last week, Facebook partnered with Save the Children International (SCI) for a donation-match fundraiser targeting US$1 million in aid for children affected by the disaster.

“One hundred percent of what you give will go to Save the Children to support their humanitarian response,” read a statement on the Facebook site. As of Aug. 8, a new button appeared atop cluttered newsfeeds across the globe asking users if they would like to donate $10 or more to the cause.

Facebook has pledged to match donations up to a total of $500,000. Contributions can be made by Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Discover card.

The funds will go a long way to help some 50,000 affected people in some of the hardest hit areas of Chin State and Magwe Division, according to SCI communication officer Lynette Lim.

“It will support flood affected children and families with a range of intervention, including clean water, sanitation services, [and] protection services,” Lim said. The group is also providing school supplies to facilitate the speedy resumption of education among those affected.

SCI is currently carrying out flood relief work in Arakan State, Chin State and Magwe Division, with a reach of about 60,000 people. The group has been delivering clean water, tarpaulin and hygiene products, as well as creating safe spaces for children to play and learn.

To make a matched donation to Save the Children, click here.