Rebuilding after Typhoon Yolanda

12 November 2013

Memo to:    The University Community       
Subject:       Rebuilding after Typhoon Yolanda

With deep sadness we continue to witness the havoc wrought by the strongest typhoon ever experienced by our country. At the same time, we know and we believe that while this has bent our spirit, we will not be broken and we will rebuild our nation from the ruins.
It is in this spirit that we call on our community to share time, talent and treasure for the immediate relief and immense rehabilitation needed in the days ahead. There are various efforts now being put together.
The Ateneo Dream Team has organized the University to be a satellite unit for relief operations of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The most immediate need right now is for warm bodies to help in the repacking of thousands of relief goods. Our students will be doing this all throughout the day at the College Covered Courts. We will need more hands to work on the relief goods especially during the 4:00pm to 10:00 pm shift. Those who wish to donate in cash will please course their gift to receiving stations on our campuses and by the other means identified in our website ( We shall use these donations for immediate relief and the subsequent work of rebuilding communities.
Those who wish to donate in kind and cash will please channel their gifts to the Society of Jesus' Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, whose center of disaster relief operations is in the Richie Fernando Covered Courts, adjacent to the Loyola House of Studies, on the eastern side of the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus. Please check  for details on how you can send your donations.
We all know that these are times that try our faith in the benevolence of God and in the goodness of life. While we have been brought low by these tragedies, we seek solace in the shadow of the Cross, the mystery of love staying with us amid the ruins.  More than ever, we need to be the compassion and strength of God for our people, His people.
lux in Domino, we are called to be,
Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ