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Archives (5th September 2018): Supporting the people of Mindanao

Mindanao, the southern part of the Philippines is the poorest in the country, and is ravaged by conflicts and multiple natural disasters. As you can imagine, this translates into various humanitarian crises, which the local communities suffer from. Essentially millions are affected in one or another way, and hundreds of thousands people lives are threatened.

In order to ease the situation at least a bit, together with my colleagues we were looking at projects that we could support and aim at helping people cope with poor access to water, food, sanitation, shelter and education. While we realise that our support is a drop in the ocean, I am glad that we will be able to work with the affected communities in coming months! We are moving ahead with giving financial support to two projects for the displaced by the conflict - so that they have minimal life sustaining services available until the fighting stops and they can safely return to their homes.