Sumir Bhata, Dell Dir Enterprise Solutions SA, Richard Teo, Dell Phils Pres, Ced Apilado of UNICEF, Georgina Belardo of UNICEF and Terry Burgess, Reg'l Director Software APJ

Dell gives Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims over $400,000 worth of assistance

Dell today said that the company and its team members have so far contributed more than US $400,000 of financial and technology support to disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Dell team members also are helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan through a critical-items collection drive and volunteer activities on the ground.

Included in the company’s contribution are:

  • A corporate donation of US $50,000 USD to UNICEF, which is rushing critical supplies to Filipino children.
  • A US $150,000 contribution to NetHope for laptops used by first responders at organizations like CARE, Oxfam, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and Water Aid.
  • Contributions of more than US $100,000 by Dell team members, with Dell matching those contributions dollar-for-dollar.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility. “We continue to monitor the situation and remain in close touch with our Filipino team members, each of whom is safe and accounted for. We’re proud of and grateful for our team members worldwide who’ve joined the company in funding relief efforts. Together, we’ll continue to help those impacted to rebuild their lives.”

“We are sincerely grateful for the support of Dell in our efforts to save the lives of children affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Dell swiftly moved to send a donation to us in the first critical days of the emergency,” Dr. Willibald Zeck, chief of Health and Nutrition, UNICEF Philippines.

Dell has supported the UNICEF global emergency operations since 2009, providing major funding for the UNICEF response to the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.

“It’s with the support given by partners like Dell that our NetHope member organizations can begin to coordinate more effectively on the ground in the Philippines, and ultimately save more lives,” said Frank Schott, Interim President and Executive Director for NetHope. “We are extremely grateful for Dell’s laptop donation, generosity and on-going partnership.”

“The livelihood of the people in Philippines is dramatically impacted by the scale of the destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan, and we are reaching out to do everything we can to help with the relief efforts,” said Richard Teo, Dell Philippines president. “Not only donations, we’re also helping providing technology solutions to establish communications between many relief organizations to expedite relief assistance very much needed disaster areas.”

“In the midst of the tragedy, Dell remains focused on customers. Our team will continue to monitor our customer needs, especially those in the most-affected areas and be prepared with support 24-hours-a-day as we strive to help them regain some sense of normalcy,” said Richard.

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