In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, World Vision launched one of our largest relief operations in the Philippines, mobilizing staff across the country to respond to nearly 400,000 people affected.
Immediately following the disaster, valued partner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reached out and pledged to support our relief efforts in the Philippines. Royal Caribbean committed $250,000 to World Vision’s disaster response as part of our overall commitment of $1,000,000 in Philippines support.
Royal Caribbean committed $250,000 to World Vision’s disaster response in the Philippines.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “More than 12,800 of our employees call the Philippines home. We want to do everything we can to help them, their families, and their neighbors heal from this terrible tragedy.”
Royal Caribbean also committed to matching employee contributions dollar-for-dollar, and provided its guests and travel agent community with a way to donate to the cause through a World Vision web page.
Images: Our Typhoon Haiyan Response
Power outages plus the destruction of major roads, airports, and infrastructure made it incredibly difficult to reach survivors to provide urgently-needed assistance. Our teams traveled by plane, boat, and motorbike to reach these villages as quickly as possible.
Our first relief flight alone included 5,000 blankets and 3,000 tarpaulins that were used to help survivors build temporary shelters.
Partners like Royal Caribbean make it possible for us to provide critically needed supplies and support for those affected by natural disasters. And together, we made an impact on thousands of children and families in the Philippines.