USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas. The Office responds to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year, ensuring that aid reaches tens of millions of people affected by disasters. Find out more about USAID’s lifesaving work here.
The United States is the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid, but it’s not just government agencies such as USAID doing the giving. According to a donations poll we conducted with Harris Interactive, 63 percent of American households had made post-disaster donations to relief organizations over the past five years. Ongoing crises, especially those involving conflict, continue to leave hundreds of millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance. Below are some of the large-scale disasters in which you could help.