Beyond Campus

You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

By now, everyone knows about the typhoon that swept through the Philippines.

Though sympathetic, the students at Thacher are clearly distanced from the destruction left in the storm’s wake. What fewer people know is that the typhoon in the Philippines much more clearly impacts those in Thacher than we may understand.

Jasmin Arculli ‘17, a freshman at Thacher, hails from the Philippines.

Her parents currently still reside in the Philippines and while the disaster still remains far away for her, it is very real for her parents, who are currently helping with relief efforts through volunteer work and relief packs.

“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do at Thacher,” Arculli admits.

The infamous Thacher bubble has a tendency to close students in and they are often late to realize the significance of important events. As the end of the trimester draws to a close, there is very little that Thacher students can still do before heading onto break.

Arculli suggests that a snack bar in the winter trimester might be the best way for Thacher students to raise money.

While Typhoon Haiyan may be thousands of miles away on the other side of the world, it’s important for Thacher students to go the extra mile to be up to date with the news and try to help where they can.

We don’t have to always be completely closed off to the world. To learn how to help, see Ana Levy’s report below.

Debris lines the streets of Tacloban, Leyte island. This region was the worst affected by the typhoon, causing widespread damage and loss of life. Caritas is responding by distributing food, shelter, hygiene kits and cooking utensils. Photo Credit Eoghan Rice - Trócaire / Caritas / CC BY 2.0

Debris lines the streets of Tacloban, Leyte island. This region was the worst affected by the typhoon, causing widespread damage and loss of life. Caritas is responding by distributing food, shelter, hygiene kits and cooking utensils. Photo Credit Eoghan Rice – Trócaire-Caritas / CC BY 2.0

5,000 people are dead or missing. 4 million have been displaced. The destruction left two weeks ago in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan is overwhelming. While sometimes it may seem that from  inside our Thacher “bubble” we are powerless to help in times of tragedy, this is not one of those times.

Sometimes it seems like the money that we donate to causes may not always help the people in need. You may be worried that in the Philippines, a country famous for corruption, your funds will find their way into a politician’s pocket instead of a refugee’s.

In response to these worries, the Philippine government launched the online Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, or FAiTH. FAiTH is an online portal that allows users to see exactly where funds are coming from and where they are going – giving you some assurance that your money is going to the right place.

Below are two links to ways you can donate to the victims of Haiyan (UNICEF and World Food Program have both received 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator).

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