News Detail
Organizations and individuals have volunteered their time to the SLB’s relief operation, repacking goods and loading them into deployment trucks.
Philippines Jesuit Organization Looks Toward Long-Term Typhoon Rehabilitation Efforts

November 27, 2013 — Since Typhoon Haiyan landed in the Philippines on Nov. 8, the Jesuit-run SLB, a social justice organization in the country, has provided relief to thousands of victims. As of Nov. 23, the SLB had delivered 13,656 relief packs, over 3,500 boxes of water and 1,000 bags of clothing to those in need.

A recent SLB report notes that the Philippines government is now transitioning into full rehabilitation mode. In turn, the SLB has begun work on an initial rehabilitation plan that is focused on Culion, a Jesuit mission island and the last area hit by the super typhoon that had six major landfalls in the country.

According to the report, local contacts in Culion say there are about 3,750 families (15,518 individuals) affected; 2,000 partially-damaged houses; and over 1,000 houses that were completely destroyed.

Jesuit Father Jodey Magtoto, a parish priest in Culion, has been gathering data on the community’s needs, which he then shares with the SLB. SLB rehabilitation efforts are scheduled to begin in 2014, with an estimated three-year timeline.

The SLB plans to partner with two organizations that will work on rebuilding the homes that were destroyed. There are also plans to help repair damaged boats, which are crucial for fishing communities, and Loyola College of Culion is exploring scholarship assistance for typhoon victims.

Additional areas where the SLB may focus efforts include renewable energy, such as installing solar panels in key areas on the island, and psycho-social intervention for victims in conjunction with Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University’s Psychology Department. [Source: SLB]


Recent News

December 19, 2014 — Jesuit Father Jean Baptiste Ganza is doing his part to build a better, brighter future for the people of Rwanda.

December 17, 2014 — Ready to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book this winter? Jesuit Father Raymond Schroth has just the reading list for you.

December 15, 2014 — Scranton Preparatory School announced that Jesuit Father Ryan J. Maher will become the school’s new president in July 2015.

December 12, 2014 — Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Jesuits, has convoked the 36th General Congregation, to be held in Rome in 2016.

December 10, 2014 — Jesuit Father Daniel S. Hendrickson takes office at Creighton University on July 1, 2015.

December 9, 2014 — The Jesuits of Puerto Rico have joined a sprawling province in the central and southern U.S. as part of a larger reorganization of the Society of Jesus worldwide.

December 8, 2014 — Jesuit colleges and universities have developed programs specifically designed to train students for careers in lay ministry.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 12/08/14

America - 12/01/14

America - 11/24/14



Creighton University Retreat Center
Located 45 miles east of Omaha, Neb., in rural Iowa, the Creighton University Retreat Center is situated on 154 wooded acres on the Nishnabotna River.