Typhoon "Haiyan" in the Philippines

Update 03.12.2013:

The Swiss Re community donated a total of USD 138'128 to support the efforts of Save the Children. The Swiss Re Foundation will now match this amount.

Haiyan was one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, killing more than 5,500 people, destroying or damaging more than one million buildings, and affecting over 14 million people, including 5.6 million children.

Three weeks after the typhoon hit, more than 3.6 million people remain displaced. Families are in desperate need of food and shelter, water supplies have been contaminated by floodwater, and health and education facilities have been badly damaged or destroyed.

For more information please see updates on the right hand side.

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Following the disastrous typhoon in the Philippines, which leaves thousands of people homeless, the Swiss Re Foundation decided to donate CHF 250,000 for relief efforts. We will support the Swiss Red Cross in delivering 213 tropical tents, 200 family tents and 448 shelter kits to the affected region.

Many Swiss Re employees have expressed shock and a desire to help as the full scale of the devastation wrought across the islands of the Philippines over the weekend by Typhoon Haiyan came into fuller view since Monday. The Swiss Re Foundation regards it as its responsibility to provide a way for Swiss Re and its employees to help in a meaningful way. This is why we have launched a group-wide employee donation programme in which contributions will be matched up to a total maximum of CHF 150'000. We will be working with Save the Children, which has operational bases in Tacloban City and Ormac City on Leyte Island, one of the worst affected areas.

Save the Children's Country Director in the Philippines Anna Lindenfors says: “3.9 million children live in the areas affected by typhoon Haiyan. Emergency assistance is urgently needed to prevent a deterioration of their health and nutrition condition and to ensure their safety. In the absence of shelter, food, emergency health care, clean water and sanitation, the lives of these children could quickly become at risk. While the immediate focus must be on saving lives, we are also extremely worried as many schools were damaged by the cyclone. It will be important that we help the children back to school as quickly as possible.”

Therefore the contributions by Swiss Re employees will be used for WASH (access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene) and emergency in education (e.g. Child Friendly Spaces) activities.

The Swiss Re Foundation is in close contact with these two trusted partner organisations to support the people in the Philippines and help ease the humanitarian catastrophe. Both organisations are working very closely together with their Philippines sister organisations and any funds raised will be channelled to support their local organisations in the Philippines.

10.01.2014