On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda), slammed against the Philippines and laid waste to everything in its path, devastating provinces on its southeastern region. To date, 11.3 million Filipinos are directly affected.

In light of this, Club Filipina seeks to raise awareness about the issues the typhoon victims are currently facing and hopes to facilitate the Wellesley community's contribution to the ongoing relief efforts.

Chaos. Desperation. Heartbreak.

According to local Philippine network, GMA News, as of December 2:

5,670 confirmed dead
26,233 injured
More than 11,236,014 affected
4,094,029 displaced

You can also learn more about Haiyan:

TIME's live blog following the aftermath of the storm
BBC reports on the super typhoon
NYTimes' infographic on Haiyan's path and the affected areas

In collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, Club Filipina is raising funds to help rebuild typhoon victims' homes. Donations can be made here.

Professor Dulce Natividad (WGST) has identified four groups you can donate to. Two of which, WomanHealth and the University of the Philippines, we are currently open to donations for through Professor Natividad. You can contact her for more information at mnatividad@wellesley.edu.

WomanHealth Philippines is a national organization that promotes, advances and defends women’s rights to health, reproductive self-determination and sexuality, and works toward women’s empowerment in society. Its activities over the years have covered a wide range of issues like sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and child health, family planning, cheaper medicines, health and trade initiatives, universal health care, and health budget/health care financing. WomanHealth has core groups in the affected areas.

Professor Natividad has been a member of WomanHealth since 1990 and continues to work closely with the organization on issues such as adolescent pregnancy and reproductive health policy. She considers WomanHealth as her home organization.

Here is a letter of appeal from Ana Maria Nemenzo, WomanHealth National Coordinator.

The University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s top university and runs nine campuses in different regions. Among the areas most affected by the typhoon are two of UP’s campuses, UP Tacloban and UP Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte. These colleges are the acknowledged authority in marine science education and research, fisheries, and aquaculture in the country.

UP is close to our hearts as this is where, as students, we learned the value of critical thinking and dissent, and the importance of political activism. Professor Natividad is an alumna while Professor Orquiza was based at UP while completing his dissertation research.

The UP Foundation, Inc. is accepting donations. You can visit this page for more information on how to directly donate to the organization.

Oxfam Philippines has been involved in disaster management for many years. Professor Orquiza and Natividad personally know the people who run the organization and have worked with them in the past. Here is the link to their Typhoon Yolanda page.

Save the Children Philippines is another organization helping in the humanitarian relief operations. Again, both professors personally know the people who run the Philippine section and have an ongoing project with them through WomanHealth. Here is the link to its Emergency Alert on Typhoon Yolanda.



Paypal is currently waiving fees for any donations made through this campaign.

CNN has an article on the different international charities and organizations that have ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines.

You can find all upcoming typhoon fundraising events around Boston using this Community Calendar on Facebook.

Below are upcoming opportunities in Wellesley College to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts:


Wellesley for Haiyan: RAFFLE - Fall Edition
Selling tickets from December 3 to 13
Drawing on December 14

Christmas Vespers
Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel
Sunday, December 8, 2013
7:30PM
(All donations made during this even will be given Typhoon Haiyan victims through UNICEF.)

We thank you for taking the time to visit this page to learn more about this heartbreaking natural disaster and its vast repercussions. As you now know, there are many different campaigns and organizations that are taking donations, which they will distribute to benefit those who are most affected.

However, helping victims is not limited to monetary aid. Spreading the word to friends and family via word of mouth or social media will greatly assist those who so desperately need help. Please feel free to pass on this link to them.

Our deepest thanks to Professors Alex Orquiza and Dulce Natividad, who have guided our efforts and supported our endeavors, and additional special thanks to:

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department
Karen Shih, Robin Lush, The Office of the Advisor to Students of Asian Descent
Pan-Asian Council
Slater House International, Karen Pabon
Kelly Stone, Kat Hampson and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Anne W. Yu
Terri Flutie, Scheduling Coordinator
Wellesley Women for Public Health

For their generous efforts and support throughout our fundraising efforts. We would have not been able to raise awareness without their help.