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Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

Typhoon Haiyan
On the morning of Friday, November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan, currently categorized as a “Super Typhoon,” made landfall on the eastern Visayas islands of Samar and Leyte in the Philippines —both heavily populated areas. Typhoon Haiyan had sustained winds of up to 195mph with gusts upwards of 235mph. It was the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane and the strongest storm on record to make landfall in the Philippines.

The typhoon comes just three weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol, an island in the central Visayas. Especially vulnerable are the roughly 281,000 people living in makeshift shelters and tents near their homes. Another 89,000 people are living in evacuation centers and spontaneous settlements. Government officials ordered an evacuation of all residents living in tent cities, as well as those in low-lying and coastal areas. 9 million people are affected, with an estimated 10,000 dead


Fordham University Campus Ministry

Fordham University Campus Ministry will be partnering with Catholic Relief Services, a Catholic international aid organization. CRS has had a strong presence in the Philippines and is already on the ground offering relief. Below is an update on their current activities and their efforts with their local partner, Caritas Philippines. Please check back regularly for more information on how you can support the relief and recovery effort.

What you can do:

·       Pray: In solidarity with those affected.
The next four Sunday Liturgies will be offered in solidarity with those affected and collections will go towards the relief efforts of CRS.
Click here for the liturgy and worship schedule

·       Give: You can donate directly to CRS here:
Any additional
donations may be made to the Fordham Disaster Relief Fund.c/o the President's Office, Rose Hill Campus.  All donations received will be sent to Catholic Relief Services. 

·       Support: The extended Fordham University Community by letting us know if you, or someone you know in the Fordham Community, have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. For a confidential conversation, please call us at (718) 817-4501 or email us at

·       Connected: Stay connected with the work of CRS and other relief agencies by following their news link here: Newswire.


From Catholic Relief Services:
It is still early in the assessment phase, but Catholic Relief Services estimates the devastation is worse than what we are seeing now.  Just yesterday our country staff made it to heavily-affected Leyte by boat to assist in the assessment and relief efforts.  We are working closely with our local Catholic partner, Caritas Philippines, to determine priorities and next steps. Our Country Director, Joe Curry, was interviewed this morning on the TodayShow about our efforts.

 Please keep the people of the Philippines in your prayers as the realities unfold in the coming hours and days.  While the government of the Philippines was able to evacuate many people before the typhoon hit on Friday, no one could predict that the storm surge would be as devastating as it is causing destruction unforeseen.  CRS has been working in the Philippines since 1945 and most recently have been responding to the victims of the earthquake that hit Bohol just three weeks ago and displaced 350,000 people. 

Here is what CRS is doing now:

·       Sent immediate supplies for 18,000 people to our logistics hub in Cebu City. We already have CRS staff in the affected areas and are establishing field offices in three locations: Ormoc, Talcoban and Borongan.

·       Directly assist 100,000 families(500,000 people) with shelter (emergency and permanent), water, hygiene and sanitation, essential living supplies and livelihoods.

·       Provide emergency shelter due to the heavy wind damage.  Once recovery efforts begin, we will focus on permanent shelter. 

Catholic Relief Services Responds to Typhoon Haiyan Click Here

From Fr. Jospeh McShane, S.J.
President, Fordham University

Dear Members of the Fordham Family:

By now I am sure you have heard about the unimaginable suffering and death caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The scale of the devastation is not to be understated, and it follows on the heels of a major earthquake last month which had already depleted relief funds and supplies. As of this writing, there are an estimated 10,000 dead and nearly 620,000 displaced in the wake of the storm, with another 9.5 million affected—altogether fully ten percent of the population of the Philippines.

Right now, what the people of the Philippines need more than anything else are relief funds: no other need is as urgent, nor is any other kind of relief as effective. Therefore, the collections at all masses in University Church and at our Lincoln Center and Westchester campuses, will be donated to the Catholic Relief Services for Philippines aid, including special collections for that purpose (those collections began Sunday, Nov. 10, at Rose Hill, at all of the University Church masses). Any additional donations may be made to the Fordham Disaster Relief Fund.c/o the President's Office, Rose Hill Campus. All donations received will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

At the same time, the offices of University Mission and Ministry and the Student Affairs are reaching out to students, faculty, and staff to determine whether they or their families have been affected by this disaster, and what the University can do to help them.

I know you all join with me today in prayer for the victims and survivors of Haiyan. I have no doubt that you will be part of a great outpouring of compassion for the Filipino people, and that in the coming weeks you will take part in many services and relief efforts on their behalf. But today, now, I will say this: if our tradition of being men and women for others means anything, it means donating as generously as you can to help the people of the Philippines in their hour of agony.

I know that you will rise to the challenge (the Fordham community has always done so). Know that you, too, are in my thoughts and prayers.


Joseph M. McShane, S.J.


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