On Nov. 8, the Philippines was destroyed by a massive typhoon, Haiyan. The storm killed over 3,600 people, while leaving many missing and homeless. Haiyan has affected around 9 million people. There has been ample aid and support heading their way, with about 140,000 bags of relief goods being sent per day from countries around the world.
SMU students have also stepped up to help.
Patricia Villacin, an SMU senior, has created a Philippine disaster relief fundraiser on gofundme.com. There, one can donate to this cause, and read a little bit about her story. Her family is in Cadiz, which was one of the most affected areas, leaving 7,000 homes destroyed, and 14,000 others extremely damaged.
Savannah Louie, an SMU sophomore, has been vigorously working to send some relief their way. Louie’s aunt is from Antique, which is a small village in the Philippines. Currently there are three houses left to house the entire village, which consists of about 300 people. The village does not have power or any ways to keep warm. They are sparse on food, money and clothing. Louie explained that there is much help being sent out to the Philippines, but not much attention is paid to the smaller villages, like Antique.
Louie’s aunt reached out to her and her family shortly after this disaster occurred. She was looking for any type of help they could get. Right now, Louie is currently gathering monetary donations or clothing to be able to send over to her family’s village. She asked for help from her sorority, Delta Gamma, and has reached out to others.
“The response has been great,” Louie said. “I’m so grateful for the support of my sisters, and everyone else who has offered up clothing, prayers or support.”
Louie can be contacted at email@example.com.