Nearly five weeks after Typhoon Haiyan brought destruction to the coastal areas of the Philippines, generous financial support continues to stream in from Jesuit institutions, individuals and other organizations dedicated to funding relief efforts.
Students at so many colleges and universities – Boston College, Fairfield, Fordham, Georgetown, Le Moyne, Canisius – hosted benefit concerts and organized special collections to provide aid to storm victims. Earlier this week, it was announced that students, alumni and staff at Xavier High School (NY) raised over $11,000 after a $5,000 matching gift from a generous alumnus, Roger Kirwan.
Additionally, Fr. Vic Salanga, SJ, director of the Philippine Jesuit Foundation, based in New York, was present at the Philippines Consulate General of New York recently to receive over $22,000 contributed by a group of artists, individuals and organizations.
Thanks to the support of so many, the Jesuit-run Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), a social justice organization in the country, has provided relief to thousands of victims. Even before the end of November, the SLB had delivered more than 13,000 relief packs, over 3,500 boxes of water and 1,000 bags of clothing to those in need.