Concern for Indonesia and the Philippines

All of us here are thinking of the victims of the natural disasters in the South Pacific this week.

As we prepare for our Filipino American History Month Celebration on Sunday, these disasters will be top of mind for many of our visitors as well. Many of those who were busy preparing their presentations are now focused on relief efforts.  We will be acknowledging and sharing information about these efforts on Sunday with attendees.

A colleague forwarded this email from the Center for East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley with information about ways to help, which I want to share with our blog readers. It shares information about relief agencies working in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Earthquake in Indonesia

A powerful earthquake struck West Sumatra, Indonesia on September 30,  2009. Hundreds have been reported killed, with the death toll  expected to rise. A number of international agencies and NGOs have  started working on relief efforts. If you are interested in donating to earthquake relief, please see the links below. Updates on conditions can be found on these relief organization websites and  also through regular news sites. For English-language news from  Indonesia, see The Jakarta Post or The Jakarta Globe


Donations to support disaster relief in Indonesia can be directed to the following international organizations, all of which have ongoing programs in Indonesia:


Mercy Corps

Save The Children

Typhoon in the Philippines

Typhoon Ketsana (or Typhoon Ondoy) slammed into the Philippines on September 26, 2009, killing at least 240 people and affecting more than 1.8 million people. A number of international organizations and NGOs are coordinating support for relief efforts. If you are interested in donating, please see the links below.

Philippine Red Cross

Catholic Relief Services


Philippine Jesuit Foundation
Send checks made out to Philippine Jesuit Foundation, and on the memo line, mark for relief of Typhoon Ondoy Victims. Mail to: Philippine Jesuit Foundation, 236 West 27th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

3 Responses to “Concern for Indonesia and the Philippines”

  1. nico  on October 2nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    thank you, Deb–I just had a few friends come back from Manila, just barely made it, but my landlady’s mom (and my downstairs neighbor) is still over there. I haven’t heard any bad news yet, but this is something very much on my mind.

  2. Shalom  on October 6th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for collecting this important information for us!

    Namo amida butsu for those who suffer from this calamity.

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