The FINANCIAL -- Typhoon Haiyan caused some devastating damage in the Philippines. Nobody could help but be moved by the dreadful images of the natural disaster in the Philippines in the past few weeks, according to Lufthansa AG.
Many Lufthansa employees spontaneously demonstrated their
solidarity with the victims of the typhoon. An account for donations was
set up by Lufthansa’s HelpAlliance straight away and the first aid
flights bound for the Philippines took off just a few days after the
disaster. As a result, not only were more than 80 tonnes of aid
transported to the crisis-hit areas, but fast and unbureaucratic
assistance was also given to the people in the Philippines whose lives
were devastated by the typhoon.
“The Lufthansa employees have shown in the past few weeks that they can roll up their sleeves and help together. Like many of my co-workers, I have been deeply impressed and have nothing but respect for the employees’ level of commitment,” said Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
To date, EUR 120,000 have been raised to help the people affected in the Philippines, according to Lufthansa AG. As already announced, the Executive Board on behalf of the Lufthansa Group today doubled this sum. “The key issue for us is that the destroyed villages can be rebuilt. We are therefore in touch with a number of organisations in the Philippines with whom we have worked successfully in the past,” said Rita Diop, Chairwoman of HelpAlliance.
HelpAlliance is a non-profit aid organisation founded in 1999 by employees from all different parts of the Lufthansa Group. The organisation’s humanitarian activities focus on nutrition and health care programmes, schools, training centres, orphanages and projects for street kids. It is currently involved in around forty aid initiatives around the world. Its aim is to help people to help themselves and to enable them to draw on their own strength to improve their circumstances.