Fund Set Up to Help Typhoon Victims in Philippines
November 12, 2013 – Members of the Georgetown community are making a concerted effort to help those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines this past weekend.
The university’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ) has set up a fund to support disaster relief work and humanitarian assistance in the Asian republic.
“The Georgetown community offers its sympathies to the thousands that were killed and affected by this fierce storm,” said Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., vice president of mission and ministry. “We will keep the victims of this tragedy in our prayers and encourage all to support those in the Philippines.”
Donations to the fund can be made through the CSJ website, which will be updated as the university develops educational programming, service opportunities and updated locations for donations related to relief and reconstruction efforts.
Proceeds from the fund will go toward the Disaster Response and Management (DREAM) Team at the Jesuit-founded Ateneo University in Manila and the Society of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, which is helping victims in the hard-hit Leyte province.
The United Nations reported Tuesday that at least 11 million people were affected by the devastating storm and 673,000 people were displaced. At least 1,774 people have died.
A memorial Mass will be held at the Copley Crypt Chapel Wednesday at 5 p.m. and victims of the typhoon will also be remembered during regularly scheduled services.