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Responding to Typhoon Haiyan
By Sherry Yuan
Typhoon Haiyan, with the force of a category 5 hurricane, ravaged the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos this past weekend. Relief organizations from the UN, the United States and humanitarian nonprofits like UNICEF are rushing to provide emergency aid for the estimated 660,000 displaced people in the horrific storm (McClatchy-Tribune). Though sources initially recorded 10,000 dead, the official death toll as of Tuesday surpassed 1,700 recorded deaths with expected to increase significantly (McClatchy). Due to the shortage of food, water and basic electricity as well as the severe damage to major airports, situations remain desperate for the general populace. With issues with looting and mob rule, women and children remain most at risk. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said, “We are very far from normal. We are not even in the rehabilitation mode. I’m sorry. We are not there yet” (McClatchy).
In moments like these, we as a campus community must gather and support those affected by this calamity. This Saturday, the Philippine Student Association (PSA) will be having a Typhoon Relief Fundraiser at the University YMCA at 5pm. They encourage anyone to come as 9.5 million people have been affected by this super storm. The following Monday, PSA will host a Chai Time discussion at 6pm in the AACC lounge to discuss how the campus community can help at large. The Huffington Post recently created a comprehensive list of humanitarian organization devoted to providing aid to the Philippines and like devastated areas. Besides the major organizations of UNICEF, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, more specific organizations like World Vision and Doctors Without Borders provide more medical-based relief. In times of such expansive human tragedy, we as a community must reach out and support those in need. As the great humanitarian Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
In addition, monetary donations are accepted by Maligaya’s, a Filipino grocery store. Donations will be sent through GMA Kapuso Foundation Inc (Metro Bank / Acct No: 3098510347) to benefit those who were affected by the Typhoon. For further information, please contact Eric Maligaya, at 217-352 -2606 or at 2410 W Springfield Ave. Champaign IL 61821.