A message from the organizers of “Hope After Haiyan”:
As the pictures kept flowing in and the damage kept stacking up from Typhoon Haiyan, the first question on our minds was: “Are all of our relatives and friends OK?”
From Kellogg students who grew up in the Philippines to undergraduates who are second- and third-generation immigrants, we were all frustrated and saddened to see that yet another storm had ravaged the country that we all hold so fondly in our hearts. While many in the central regions of the Philippines were killed and even more were displaced from their homes by the wreckage, fortunately almost all of our families and friends were either not in the path of the storm or are fortunate enough to be safe, sound and accounted for. Which brought us to the next and equally important question: “How do we help?”
We’re proud and excited to announce our answer to the call: Hope After Haiyan. With support from Kaibigan (Northwestern’s undergraduate Filipino student organization), the Kellogg Southeast Asian Club, Kellogg Cares (Kellogg’s philanthropic student group), the NU Asian-Pacific American Coalition, the NU Conference on Human Rights, and the NU Muslim-Cultural Students Association, our goal is to raise $20,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts over the next two weeks to go toward water, shelter, supply and food kits for affected victims through Catholic Relief Services (which provides aid to all victims without regard to religion).
We must respond in this time of crisis, and hope that our fellow Wildcats will support us in this extremely urgent venture. Our on-campus event outreach will begin with donation tables at Norris this Thursday and Friday, and will extend through winter quarter as we innovate new ways to bring the NU community together to support the Philippines. Please consider donating through our website at http://bit.ly/HopeAfterHaiyan and supporting our fundraising efforts through the end of this quarter as well as next quarter.
Maraming salamat (thank you so much) for your help. Let’s prove to the world that there is Hope After Haiyan.