The Philippines has caught the attention of the international community as it experienced one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda), a category five storm with wind speeds at landfall of up to 195 mph and gusts of up to 235 mph, devastated eastern parts of the archipelago, claiming over 2,000 lives and costing damage estimated to reach 5% of the country’s GDP. Over 8 million lives are affected, 2.5 million are in need of food, and 660,000 have lost their homes.
More than half of the total deaths occurred in Ormoc and Tacloban, two eastern cities with a combined population of over 400,000. In these areas, power and communication lines are down and major roads are obstructed, making the challenge of transporting aid via conventional routes ever more difficult.
Operation Hope was formed in light of these tragic circumstances. The 2GO Group, in partnership with private equity groups KGL Investment Company Asia (KGLI Asia) and China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund (CAF), has developed initiatives to support the ongoing relief effort and expedite the movement of resources to areas that are most in need.
The 2GO Group continues to work with government agencies, local and international organizations to ship and transport relief goods, supplies and equipment to disaster-stricken areas free-of-charge. This is to supplement the capacity of the trucks and airplanes being deployed and significantly increase the volume of relief aid reaching the hardest-hit cities and municipalities.
The 2GO Group is accepting donations and relief goods for transport to the affected areas. Together we can work to undo the damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda and start the process of rebuilding.
We need your support - Please donate today and help us provide the disaster-stricken communities of Ormoc and Tacloban with food, water, medical attention and emergency shelter.
For more details on Operation Hope or to learn more about how you can help the relief effort, you may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.