Thoughts & Prayers for the Philippines and How to Help

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TO: The Gonzaga University Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President
SUBJ: Message from the President
DATE: November 11, 2013

On November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Typhoon Yolanda) – one of the strongest tropical cyclones in recorded history – made landfall in the Central Philippine Islands. Sustained winds of over 150 miles per hour destroyed many natural and created structures, including homes, apartment buildings, schools and hospitals, in villages and cities throughout many of provinces. Officials estimate that 70-80% of the province of Leyte has been destroyed, with over 10,000 people dead or missing. Many people in coastal areas, including children, were reported swept out to sea; even as electrical power has been interrupted, widespread looting has been reported in certain urban areas in the aftermath of the storm.

In view of the devastation, numerous governments have pledged aid to the Philippine people, including the United States. National news has reported that the United States Marine Corps and groups of military veterans have arrived to assist in the search, rescue, and re-building efforts. The incredible impact of this storm will be life-changing for many families, has major ramifications for the country, and recovery is certain to take many months.

I would ask that you please join me in praying for the people of the Philippines and for all those who are working, under the most challenging of circumstances, to aid and support them during these difficult days. I encourage those who have an interest to consider contributing to one of the many support agencies that are attempting to provide relief; one example is UNICEF, whose relief efforts are targeted particularly towards children (http://www.unicefusa.org/philippines). Many other agencies are uniting in the goal of providing much-needed assistance as well. Thank you.


TO: The Gonzaga University Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President
SUBJ: Financial Assistance to the People of the Philippines
DATE: November 12, 2013

Further to my message of last evening, regarding the horrific impact of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines: we have received information from Father General Adolfo Nicolàs that the Society is providing direct economic aid to the Philippine Jesuits. The Provincial of the Philippines is asking all Jesuit missions to consider making donations to assist the victims to The Philippine Jesuit Foundation, Attn: Fr. Victor R. Salanga, S.J., 39 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10029. In addition to this, and the many other relief organizations who are working to support those affected by the disaster, donations may be made as well through Catholic Relief Services (http://www.crs.org). Thank you.

Thayne M McCulloh

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
President
Gonzaga University


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