Students raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan recovery

November 18, 2013 2:00 PM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Typhoon Haiyan

LEYTE, PHILIPPINES – Residents walk by a devastated area Monday (Nov. 18) following Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

As a native of New Orleans, Tulane University student Chris Brusseau is no stranger to the ordeal of overcoming natural disaster. For this reason, Brusseau is leading the charge to raise funds for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 7 and has claimed the lives of 4,000 people to date.

Brusseau, along with fellow student leaders Alexandra Bourbon and Natalie Melville, have organized a fundraiser that will take place on Wednesday (Nov. 20) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. outside of Percival Stern Hall on the uptown campus.

Members of their club, Tulane for UNICEF Campus Initiative, will be on hand to collect monetary donations of any amount that will be donated to UNICEF for use in providing water, food, sanitation supplies, medicine and shelter to the affected children.

“Our club predates Typhoon Haiyan and we have the utmost faith that UNICEF will be a driving force in returning the Philippines to a state that is better than it was before the natural disaster,” says Brusseau. “One dollar gives a child water for 40 days or 40 children water for one day. Even the smallest donation makes an impact.”

The group will also set up a donation table on Dec. 6 during the annual Tulane Snow Day.

For more information email Chris Brusseau.

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