Freemasons Help Rebuilding of Schools and Health Centres

On Friday, 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. It was the strongest storm ever to hit land, with reported wind speeds of over 190mph. The typhoon caused widespread destruction, killing over 6,000 people and affecting a further 14 million people. Hundreds of schools and health centres were seriously damaged or destroyed leaving thousands of children with no educational provision and thousands more without adequate healthcare.

Within days, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity awarded an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief across the region. This money provided 8,500 families with desperately needed Hygiene Kits.

In response to the extent of the destruction caused, it was decided that a dedicated Relief Chest should be opened in support of long term redevelopment in the area. Over the next six months Freemasons from across England, Wales and Jamaica joined forces to raise an incredible £185,385.

After giving careful consideration to several regeneration projects proposed by charities working in the disaster zone, the funds were donated to Plan’s “Rebuilding Lives in the Philippines” project. Through this project, 14 classrooms and 2 health centres were to be rebuilt in Eastern Samar, one of the most severely affected areas in the disaster zone.

We are happy to announce that in March 2015 the project was successfully completed and has already made a huge impact on the communities of Eastern Samar, benefitting over 13,000 people.

Freemasons Help Rebuilding of Schools and Health Centres

On Friday, 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. It was the strongest storm ever to hit land, with reported wind speeds of over 190mph. The typhoon caused widespread destruction, killing over 6,000 people and affecting a further 14 million people. Hundreds of schools and health centres were seriously damaged or destroyed leaving thousands of children with no educational provision and thousands more without adequate healthcare.

Within days, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity awarded an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief across the region. This money provided 8,500 families with desperately needed Hygiene Kits.

In response to the extent of the destruction caused, it was decided that a dedicated Relief Chest should be opened in support of long term redevelopment in the area. Over the next six months Freemasons from across England, Wales and Jamaica joined forces to raise an incredible £185,385.

After giving careful consideration to several regeneration projects proposed by charities working in the disaster zone, the funds were donated to Plan’s “Rebuilding Lives in the Philippines” project. Through this project, 14 classrooms and 2 health centres were to be rebuilt in Eastern Samar, one of the most severely affected areas in the disaster zone.

We are happy to announce that in March 2015 the project was successfully completed and has already made a huge impact on the communities of Eastern Samar, benefitting over 13,000 people.

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