Anthony Huang, Executive Vice President, Stores Specialist, Inc., and head of Old Navy’s first franchise partnership based in the Philippines, was in Manila when Typhoon Haiyan ravaged its way through the Philippines last November.
“People in Manila are used to typhoons.” He said. “We’re prepared for them and are able to recover fairly quickly. However, Samar and Leyte, the hardest-hit areas, are largely agricultural communities and not typically on the path of a typhoon.”
With more than 6,200 people reported dead, Filipinos around the world have been deeply affected by the tragic loss.
Three months later, the residual impact of the super typhoon is that many livelihoods have been lost and poverty is growing. An increasing number of people require basic necessities, including clothing.
We knew we could help, so we did.
Gap Foundation, Gap Inc. and our employees have donated more than $160,000 to recovery efforts, and now, Old Navy is donating 100,000 items of new clothing to be distributed directly to typhoon-affected families.
By working with International Relief & Development (IRD) and their extensive network of local agencies, the donated clothes should reach the hardest-hit communities in a matter of weeks.
In addition to the donations, the Old Navy team will be sponsoring and participating in a Children’s Hour community project in the Philippines.
And on March 24, volunteers will build a much-needed fence at a preschool in Calauan, Laguna outside of Manila.
Read more about this effort, and past donations to the Philippines.
Photo credit: Ligaya Diaz/IRD