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Update from the Philippines

Editor’s Note:  Here is an update on a story published last month (http://news.keuka.edu/featured-story/student-devasted-by-news-of-typhoon-asks-for-prayers) on Vanessa Coy, a senior from Wellsville and native of the Philippines. Some members of Coy’s family “lost everything” as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.

Vanessa Coy

When last we talked with Vanessa Coy, she had not spoken with her relatives in the Philippines.

Since then, she has.

“My mom and I were just talking on Skype with my aunt and uncle in Manila and everything is alright so far,” she said. “They received the money we sent them and they started building a new home. They are still relying on food boxes provided by the U.S. Only a select few can receive them; it is on a first-come, first-served kind of thing. The food boxes [contain] 10 pounds of rice, canned peas and carrots, and canned tuna [as well as] paper plates, plastic forks and spoons, a can opener, and three water bottles.”

Her aunt and uncle reported that looting remains a problem in Manila.

“My aunt told me that she had to build a gate around their property because people were trying to steal their supplies and food,” explained Coy.

Coy said “there is still a lot to be done around Manila because there is a lot of cleaning up to do…  garbage, sewer, and debris.”

Added Coy: “I want to thank everyone who has been praying for the Philippines and those who have took the time to donate.”

The Center for Spiritual Life is leading a Keuka College drive to raise funds for the Philippines through ShelterBox USA (http://shelterboxusa.org). ShelterBox is an international organization that “responds instantly after natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.”

A complete box costs $1,000 “but we will donate whatever funds we raise,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain.

Donations (cash or check) may be dropped off in the Center for Spiritual Life (Dahlstrom  13). Checks should be made payable  to “Keuka College” (indicate Shelter Box – Philippines in the memo line).

Student Devastated by News of Typhoon; Asks for Prayers

Vanessa Coy was “devastated” when she learned about the powerful typhoon that struck her native Philippines last week.

Her first concern was for her relatives—aunts, uncles, and others—who lived in towns and cities that felt the brutal force of Typhoon Haiyan, which brought sustained 147 mile-per-hour winds, 45-foot waves, and more than 15 inches of rain to some areas.

“Everyone is OK,” said Coy, a senior adolescent education major from Wellsville who came to the United States at a young age.

Coy was born in Olangapo City, a city located in the province of Zambales, northwest of the Philippine capital of Manila.

“My relatives in Zambales were not hit, but my family in Manila was,” said Coy. “I recently found out they lost their beach homes, farm animals, everything. They are relying on U.S. troops to supply first aid, food, and water.”

That information came from a cousin in Japan, according to Coy.

“We have not been able to get through [to our relatives],” said Coy, who last visited the Philippines in 2012. “We have sent money, but don’t know if they received it.”

Officials estimate that at least 4,200 people were killed and three million displaced. Nearly 500,000 homes were damaged.

The Center for Spiritual Life is leading a Keuka College drive to raise funds for the Philippines through ShelterBox USA (http://shelterboxusa.org). ShelterBox is an international organization that “responds instantly after natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.”

A complete box costs $1,000 “but we will donate whatever funds we raise,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain.

Donations (cash or check) may be dropped off in the Center for Spiritual Life (Dahlstrom  13). Checks should be made payable  to “Keuka College” (indicate Shelter Box – Philippines in the memo line).

“In the past, our community has come together to support those around the world who have been devastated through natural disasters,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain. “We responded when the earthquake crippled Haiti and the tsunami hit Japan. Today, we have the opportunity to come alongside the people of the Philippines, who were hit so hard by Typhoon Haiyan.”

Coy is appreciative of the College’s ShelterBox initiative and said there is one other thing people can do to help.

“The Filipino people have a very religious background,” she explained, ”and they need every prayer they can get because it is going to take years to rebuild the country.”