De La Salle University

The University's Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) is its social development arm responsible for promoting the Lasallian Social Development principles in the Community. COSCA, via its programs, engages the Lasallian community to actualize faith in action through service and solidarity with the poor. COSCA aims to develop awareness in the Community of the problems and issues that abound in the country. It encourages members of the University to examine their social responsibilities in the light of the Christian faith. To complement the limited financial resources of the University, COSCA raises funds for the programs it supports, most of which are aimed at those belongi...
Dec 2, 2013

update on the relief efforts for yolanda survivors

De la salle university together with de la salle philippines spearheaded the relief effort for the survivors of the onslaught of super typhoon yolanda/haiyan in the visayas. Using dlsu as the hub of operations, in kind donations were sorted and repacked by a steady stream of volunteers coming from the general public. Repacking was conducted in a manner consistent with the dlsp family relief pack standards of rice, noodles or munggo beans; cans of sardines or corned beef; bottled water; biscuit; coffee; sugar; salt; candle; match; slippers; clothes; and toiletries.

As a result, the volunteers were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages onto container vans bound for guiuan (samar), coron (palawan) and leyte. Our local contacts include diocese, parishes and church based groups who in turn would be incharge of distribution to the communities.

Donations are still arriving and repacking is still on-going at dlsu. By the 1st week of december, we will be shifting to the second phase of our assistance. this now would entail the conduct of psychological first aid. We are currently consolidating our human and logistical resources for this.

Our planned third phase is rehabilitation of schools.

We still need your help.     

Sep 12, 2013

Postcard from GlobalGiving's Visit

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

When I arrived at the coastal community in Lian, Batangas, the first thing I saw was a basketball court. No community in the Philippines, no matter how poor, is without one. But what many communities do lack are adequate resources to prepare for floods and typhoons. De La Salle University has helped equip this community with the education and resources to survive floods, typhoons, and tsunamis.

I didn’t have the energy to hike up the mountain, but the villagers assured me that they had a path up if a tsunami were to hit. They also had rescue boats and an early warning system – provided for by De La Salle University. Disaster preparedness can mean the difference between life and death for these people, and nothing is more essential in the Philippines right now.

Sep 12, 2013

Postcard from GlobalGiving's Visit

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

Every day, students trickle in to plant mangroves at the shore of Talim Bay. Truth be told, I didn’t know what mangroves were before I visited De La Salle University’s Talim Bay Coastal Resources project. The mangroves cover the shoreline now, and the villagers assure me that it helps protect the marine life. What is unhelpful is the illegal fishing offshore, the harm of which the mangroves can hopefully offset. Fishing is the life blood of the community here, and even on a day with a good catch, life is hard. By helping the villagers plant vegetable gardens, the people at De La Salle also hope to aid in their food security.

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