Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Message From the President

December 4, 2013

Dear Berkeley Community,

Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines whose lives have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with our Filipino colleagues and our students who have been impacted by this disaster.

The losses may be incomprehensible, but the resilience of the Filipino people, along with the help of the United States, friends and allies from around the world, will light the path to recovery.

At Berkeley College, we will be offering our support to the Philippines through Berkeley Cares. In the coming weeks, Berkeley Cares will be conducting a fundraising drive at all campus locations for the American Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. These funds will be used to distribute food, clothing and other necessary supplies, repair and rebuild shelters, provide healthcare and ensure access to clean water and sanitation systems.

There are many ways we can contribute to relief efforts in the Philippines, locally and globally. Together, we can make a difference.


Dario A. Cortes, PhD

Typhoon Haiyan By the Numbers:

  • Approximately 14.4 million people affected
  • Some 3.6 million displaced
  • At least 5,600 dead
  • At least 1,700 missing
  • More than 26,000 injured

Source: UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs