Relief For Philippines
Recently, all eyes have been turned toward the Philippines and its surrounding areas as a massive typhoon swept through last week, killing an unknown number of citizens as of late, but so far, the death toll has reached to the tens of thousands. Worse still, is the horrifying statistic that two-fifths of the deceased are children.
As for those who survived, an estimated 10 million people have been displaced or completely lost their homes, lack food and clean water, and are in need of around 16 to 20 million dollars in aid. Locals have reported the damage to be analogous to the end of the world, and pictures of the scene are so graphic and disturbing that many websites sharing them display a warning.
There are students on this campus that are directly affected by this disaster, and some have lost contact with their relatives. The devastation is widespread and tragic, but what can Pacific students do to help? Luckily, there are several ways to reach out to those affected by this tragedy.
First, the Red Cross is always a reliable and trustworthy place to make a donation to after any disaster. Those wishing to contribute can do so on their website at redcross.org. You are immediately greeted with a link to donate the moment the page opens.
Other trustworthy websites that accept donations online include Oxfam at oxfamamerica.org/haiyan, UNICEF at unicefusa.org/philippines, and World Vision USA at worldvision.org/haiyan.
However, it is not just the typical contributors that are open to generosity, for many popular social media websites offer opportunities to donate as well. Facebook’s newsfeed opens with a message about the typhoon, and the need for relief funding. Users can click a “Donate $10.00” button that leads to a link for the American Red Cross where donations can be made either through PayPal, or credit/debit cards. Another site advocating for aid is the popular site Tumblr, which now has the shape of a small sun next to its logo that is captioned “Help the Philippines.” When clicked, it leads to information on how to text your donation.
There are also several clubs on our own campus that have stepped up and joined the effort to aid survivors. The Kilusan Pilipino club will be tabling outside the DeRosa University Center until December 5, between the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can make donations directly at the table, or get information on how to donate online through the club’s trusted websites: NAFCON and Sagip Kapamilia. Additionally, the club will be holding a benefit concert on January 17 in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased for five dollars with a student ID and seven dollars for those without.
It is incredibly imperative that those affected by the disaster receive the aid that they need, and every little bit counts.
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