HWS Responds, a student-led initiative, is holding a Typhoon Aid Initiative this week, Monday Nov. 18 through Friday Nov. 22, seeking donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Tabling hours are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Scandling Campus Center.
Those interested in donating can also send checks to the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) in Trinity Hall. Checks should be made payable to HWS Colleges, and the memo should read, “HWS Responds.” Proceeds will be contributed to Direct Relief International, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life by bringing critically needed medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers worldwide.
Chelsea Encababian ’14 and Tayyab Rashid ’14 started planning this campaign last week with the guidance of Alejandra Molina, the director of Intercultural Affairs.
“Tayyab and I came up with the mission for our campaign. We are working with the IC, residential education, student activities and CCESL to spread awareness and collect donations,” says Encababian, whose interest in helping is personal. “I will be meeting with other students who also have family ties to the Philippines who have reached out to us. My family is in Cebu City, an area hit by the typhoon. Thankfully my family is safe, but many citizens of Cebu and neighboring regions are not.”
To date, more than 3,600 people have died as a result of the natural disaster, and 11 million people have been affected. Many people need food, water and medical attention.
Encababian says, “I am amazed by how many people have quickly responded to our efforts. Only a few hours after Tayyab and I started brainstorming about the campaign, faculty, students and staff contacted us asking how they can help.”