BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The super typhoon that caused massive havoc in the Philippines has a Filipino student at LSU raising donations to help the relief efforts. Hayian barreled its way through the Philippines a week ago. The bodies keep piling up as the death toll has risen to 2,500 people.
"I know it's not going to save the country for sure, but even if it's a small effort, I consider it still meaningful for my country," said Joel Bugayong, a native of the Philippines pursuing his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at LSU.
Luckily, Bugayong's family wasn't affected by the storm, but his wife's family lives in the central region of the Philippines, which took a direct hit. He said every time he turns on the television it's hard to watch.
"It's just painful, I think about the families that were left behind. You find mothers finding [out] some or all of their kids have died," said Bugayong.
The associate director of LSU's campus life, Margo Jolet, said students can relate since Louisiana took an unmerciful hit from hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"Students have a warm heartedness that they know other humans have been in same boat they have been in. And they want to do the very best they can, to really reach those people and impact them at this difficult time," said Jolet.
Bugayong knows the recovery will take a significant time, but he feels there is nothing his country can't overcome.
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