(ARLINGTON, VA) — The NRECA International Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to help the electric cooperatives of the Philippines recover and rebuild in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Please visit www.nreca.coop/philippine-typhoon-relief/ to donate.
The NRECA International Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit; all contributions are tax deductible.
“The news stories and photographs of the near-total devastation are heart-wrenching, especially in areas like Tacloban,” said Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “As we keep all those affected in mind and prayer, NRECA International has launched this fundraising effort to help our electric cooperative sisters and brothers in the Philippines begin the process of rebuilding and recovering. It will be a long and difficult process, but we stand ready to assist them in the true spirit of cooperatives helping cooperatives.”
Funds raised will help procure new poles, conductors, insulators and transformers, and provide financial assistance. Of the 119 electric cooperatives NRECA helped establish, current reports suggest 30 have been directly affected with nine experiencing severe damage. In Tacloban, all power lines were leveled.
NRECA International has enjoyed a long-time working relationship in the Philippines since 1966 as part of its mission to electrify the world one village at a time. It has decades of experience working in difficult conditions and possesses the technical expertise and understanding needed to provide the most immediate assistance. For instance, following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, NRECA International had the first power crew on the ground within days and restored power to the largest hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Additionally NRECA International focuses on the immediate short-term needs of critical infrastructure and the long-term hurdles of rebuilding the electrical systems to electrify homes and businesses.
NRECA International projects and programs have created more than 250 successful rural electric enterprises in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The rural electric cooperatives that NRECA has formed and supported now serve more than 110 million rural beneficiaries in more than 40 countries. For more information on international programs, visit http://www.nrecainternational.coop/.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.