10th December 2013
Barely a month ago Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, destroying the lives and livelihoods of men, women and children. While the international community has made superhuman efforts to provide emergency relief in the form of food, water, medicines, tents and blankets, the longer term clear-up is now the top priority so that Philippinos can return to homes, wrecked by the force of the storm.
Nowhere is this more important than the village of Jaro, on the island of Leyte, which took the typhoon's full force. Here 10,000 people urgently need pre-fabricated shelters with which to rebuild their lives. Monaco's Honarary Philippines Consul , Mrs Zobel de Ayala has now teamed up with easyJet founder and philanthropist, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou to help raise the 250,000 euros needed for this relief effort, designed to rehouse a third of the village population.
Funding for this project has started with Patricia Zobel de Ayala donating 25,000 euros and Sir Stelios' Philanthropic Foundation 50,000 euros.
This the second time the Foundation has stepped in to offer humanitarian relief. Earlier this year, it initiated the "food from the heart" programme on Cyprus, (Sir Selios' family home) that offers a lunchtime snack to needy people caught up in the island's tragic financial collapse.
Mrs de Ayala said:
"We have many Filipinos working in homes all over the world as caregivers; they give up life in their country and travel far from their families. They are a warm , caring and happy people and have touched the lives of the families they have worked with.
"I was very affected and saddened to see the damage of so many homes in the village of Jaro; for 250 euros we can make a difference in their lives too by donating materials so that they can repair their homes and start their lives again. I would be so grateful to the community in Monaco if they could help out a community in great need."
Sir Stelios said:
"It gives me great pride that Monaco's consular community can come together in a moment of crisis to offer humanitarian help of this kind. It is, and has always been, a responsibility of the developed nations to come to the assistance of those in distress."
To see more on the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and details on the work to help rebuild the affected areas, please click HERE
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