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Past Relief Efforts 

Past Relief Efforts

Nepal: 2015 

On April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced its worst earthquake in 80 years. It struck at the heart of the nation, just 47 miles (77 kms) northwest of its capital, Kathmandu. The 7.8 magnitude quake sent 20 shockwaves to China, India and Bangladesh. On May 12, another 7.3 earthquake caused even more devastation.

Candelight Vigil

Over 150 members of the UCR community attended a candlelight vigil on April 30, 2015, to show support for the people of Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The vigil, hosted by the South Asian Federation (SAF) and Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP) at UCR, gave students, staff and faculty a chance to learn more about the devastating earthquake, pay their respects and provide donations to help those affected.)

SAF wristbands

UCR's Southern Asian Federation sold #PrayForNepal wristbands during Nooners to support an ongoing fundraiser for earthquake relief in Nepal.

Philippines: 2013 

On November 8, 2013, the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines), one of the largest storms to strike land in history. With winds reaching 200 mph and a storm surge of 20 feet, the storm killed thousands and displaced nearly one million people. At the time of the typhoon, UC Riverside had approximately 1,041 Filipino students among the undergraduate and graduate populations, some of whom had friends and family who were affected by the disaster. All were reported safe.

Candelight Vigil

A candlelight vigil was held at Riverside’s Andulka Park. The event was hosted by UCR’s Asian Pacific Islander Student Advisory Council and the Los Angeles-based Anakbayan LA. Other sponsoring groups included UCR’s Katipunan Pilipino Student Organization, the Lubos Pilipino American Student Organization of California State University San Bernardino and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).

Katipunan Fishes for a Cause

Katipunan and Filipinos in Health Sciences (FIHS) teamed up to host “Katipunan FIHSes for a Cause” in Life Sciences 1500. The evening featured live singing and dancing as well as an auction. In addition to items like movie tickets,  groups from each organization offered themselves up to perform services such as washing a car or doing yard work for the highest bidder. All proceeds from the event went toward relief efforts.

Ribbon Fundraiser

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars at UCR and American Red Cross at UCR joined together and raised $397.69 for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines by giving ribbons for donations and holding a fundraiser at Getaway Cafe.

'Hawak Kamay' by Juan Felipe Herrera

UCR professor and Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera created the disaster relief poetry project, “Hawak Kamay: Poems for the Philippines after Haiyan.” The words “Hawak Kamay” are Tagalog for “to hold hands.”

Japan: 2011

The Great East Japan Earthquake, also known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011, off the eastern coast of Japan, and triggered a tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region. At the time of the high-magnitude earthquake, UCR had 12 graduate students, 23 undergraduates and 109 extension students who are from Japan. In addition, 11 UCR students were studying in Japan. All were reported safe.

'Evening of Japanese Culture'

UC Riverside Extension Center students hosted an “Evening of Japanese Culture,” a fundraiser for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. The event featured a green tea service and tasting and a Japanese calligraphy lesson presented by the Japanese students enrolled in the International Education Programs at UC Riverside. All funds raised went to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Fund. Extension students also raised $1,000 in just one week by rewarding donors with hugs. They also made 1,500 bookmarks to be sold, with profits going to quake victims.

Banner Signing

UC Riverside’s Office of International Education sponsored a week-long banner signing on campus. They also raised $4,700 of more than $500,000 that a group of officials from Riverside brought with the banner to Sendai, Japan. Sendai has been a sister city of Riverside since 1957.

HUB Donation Table

Students from UCR’s student chapter of the American Red Cross collected donations by setting up a table near the Highlander Union Building. They raised more than $1,000.

Origami Hope Cranes

A campus group sold arts and crafts and created origami cranes (senbazuru) ...the Japanese symbol of hope and goodwill... with the intent of delivering the cranes to UCR research partner Tohoku University in Sendai.

Haiti: 2010

A 7.0 earthquake devastated much of the Caribbean island nation on Jan. 12, 2010.

Clothing, Wristbands

The Campus Health Center and Student Health Care advocates collected more than 200 bags of clothing. Other student organizations collected clothing and sold wristbands to benefit the relief efforts, and many students texted donations to the Red Cross and Yele Haiti.

'Help Haiti, Heal Haiti.'

Several student organizations raised more than $5,000 from the sale of wristbands bearing the words “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti.” Groups participating in the sale included the Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, MEChA, Pakistani Student Association, Afghan Student Association, Katipunan, Abyssinian Student Union and UNICEF at UCR.



  • Relief Updates
    Read about UCR's 2013 response
    to Super Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Japan: 2011
    Read about UCR's 2011 aid
    after the Tohoku Earthquake.

  • Relief Updates
    Read about UCR's 2010 effort
    to help the Caribbean island.

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