Help for UP student victims of Haiyan

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We are raising funds for UP Diliman dormers affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. This private fund drive started on Nov. 16, two days after my college friend Cathy messaged me through Facebook about the plight of 44 students from Molave, a dormitory inside University of the Philippines Diliman, where we both stayed as upperclassmen from 2008 to 2001. After several mail exchanges with our common friends and fellow dormers, we pooled our personal donations to help these students. We also set-up a Facebook page to post donation updates.

Our Philippine-based team immediately met with Molave dorm manager, Danny Arceo, and the dormers to find out how we can assist. Their immediate financial needs prompted us to expand our fund raising drive by asking donations from non-UP and non-Filipino friends.

(Molave residents filling-out forms. Nov. 18 visit. Photos by F. Navidad)

However, it was the story of one dormer from Yakal that inspired us to launch this page. Jonathan lost his entire family and home to the typhoon storm surge in Tacloban, and he only received the terrible news on Nov. 14. after days of zero-communication with his family. Despite his enormous personal loss, he intends to continue with his studies this semester. His parents already fully paid his tuition until Jan. 2014. The strength it takes for him to deal with this tragedy and still prioritize his education is truly amazing.

We appeal to each one of you to help these promising students. They are most vulnerable during this time. Let us not allow Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda to crush their dreams. You do not have to be from UP to donate. We encourage everybody who believes in education to support this fund drive.

IT'S TIME TO GIVE BACK AND PAY IT FORWARD! We thought a one-off donation will never be enough; we plan to assist each one for at least three months until they can recover from the aftermath of the typhoon.

(Some recipients from Yakal)

(One-on-one interview with a student from UP Tacloban)

100% of your donations will go to the following:

1. To students who lost their homes, your donation will support their living expenses in Manila for the next three months. A student will receive PHP1,000 - P8,000 (24 - USD185) per month depending on their case.

2. To the students who've lost their parents and siblings. We will give them PHP10,000 (USD230) a month for 12 months. We also hope to find a therapist address their emotional and psychological needs.


This fund serves a specific cause: To provide immediate financial relief to UP Diliman dormers. We ensure transparency in managing your donations. We will distribute in the presence of dorm managers and house parents, and each recipient will sign a document to acknowledge the amount that they received. We are also coordinating with Prof. Gerry Lanuza.

(Kalayaan recipients. Nov 18 visit. Photo by F. Navidad)

(Molave visit on Nov. 18. Photo by F. Navidad)

(Nov 20: Sampaguita student recipients filling-out our forms)


Cathy, Mike, and Freedom - For driving back and forth to UP Diliman to meet with our recipients and UP officials.

May who is in New York, for helping me manage this site.

Cristina for reaching out to help.

Ed for his suggestion to creating that map.

Jess for his never-ending social media campaign, even on his birthday.

And to all of YOU who have donated and / or shared this page, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Nov. 14 meeting with the typhoon victims at Molave Residence Hall headed by one of my college friends, Cathy Sison.

The tentative list of UP students / dormers, their student numbers, their course, and where they come from. They lost their homes and / or family members to Typhoon Haiyan. If you would like to ask questions about these students, please contact Cathy Sison, who is in Manila and is the one directly in-touch with the students.

Where our recipients are from.

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  • Aida Ylanan 
    • $200 
    • 89 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 89 mos
  • Elle Van Buren 
    • $20 
    • 90 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 90 mos
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    • $100 
    • 90 mos
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San Francisco, CA
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