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ABS-CBN Foundation

Field of intervention
Emergency
Supported organization
ABS-CBN Foundation
Country and localization
Philippines, Busuanga Island
Supported people
45 primary and secondary school young
Project helped in
2014
Amount of the support
12,500 euros

Reconstruction program to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

In November 2013, the Philippines were hit by Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it was called locally, one of the most violent storms ever recorded anywhere in the world, with gusts in excess of 315 km/h (195 mph). The toll was heavy: 6,201 dead, 28,626 injured, 1,785 unaccounted for, and massive damage to infrastructure in certain parts of the Philippines, including the island of Busuanga, where many buildings collapsed.

To provide aid to local populations, the NGO ABS-CBN set up a school-rebuilding program to enable children to restart their education.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation—a Filipino NGO set up in 1988—has a mission to protect children, promote education and safeguard the environment. It also intervenes in the context of humanitarian disasters through its “Sagip Kapamilya” program, by which it gets involved in reconstruction projects.

In 2014, Solidarity Accor is supporting the rebuilding of a classroom on Busuanga, which will be ready to accommodate 45 young people in 2015.

Strong mobilization by AccorHotels personnel

The staff of Sofitel Plaza Manila immediately came together to provide aid for the victims (sending 4,000 bags of basic necessities to the stricken zones, sheltering and assisting families displaced to the Manila region, and providing emotional and financial support for affected families of Sofitel Ambassadors). AccorHotels Asia-Pacific, and many Group hotels, also took part in these projects, organizing fund collections from Group employees, customers and partners, raising a total of 42,785 euros.