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EMLYON supports the relief action of Handicap International and Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines

The two NGOs have appealed for donations to help the population of the Philippines hit by the worst typhoon of the past fifty years. Given our strong relations with the two organisations, EMLYON is relaying the appeal for donations to its network.

Handicap International

“Thousands dead, 620,000 displaced,  9 million affected” -  these are the figures announced by Handicap International following typhoon Haiyan which left devastation in its wake when it swept over part of the Philippines on November 8.

The NGO, which has been active in the country since 1985, has stepped up its efforts bringing in extra disaster relief staff. Their priority will be securing a water supply and providing food and health care for the most vulnerable: the disabled, the elderly, the injured and children.

Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga has been active in development projects in the country for over a decade now and is sending in Filipino and foreign volunteers to deliver food packs to the hardest hit areas. Each pack costs 3.5 euros and can help a typhoon victim. The donations will be collected by the NGO’s head office in the Philippines and used to supply food packs and help rebuild villages.

Why has EMLYON chosen to support these two NGOs?

EMLYON Business School enjoys a close relationship with Handicap International which also has its headquarters in Lyon. Its Executive Director, Jean-Baptiste Richardier, gave a lecture as part of the “Learning from Entrepreneurs” programme to about 300 students on various EMLYON Business School courses. Jean-Baptiste Richardier received the “Entrepreneurs for the World 2013” award in the “Social Entrepreneur” category.  The award ceremony took place on October 31st, 2013 during the gala dinner of the 6th World Entrepreneurship Forum held in Singapore.

Gawad Kalinga founder Antonio Meloto was also invited by EMLYON Business School to participate in a series of Learning from Entrepreneurs lectures and the World Entrepreneurship Forum held in November 2012.

His organization offers EMLYON students the opportunity to benefit from an international experience working in an NGO on a project to build communities of fifty or more homes destined to become self-sufficient eco-villages. Antonio Meloto was the 2012 winner of the “Entrepreneurs for the World” award in the “Social Entrepreneur” category. He received his award at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council in October 2012 on the occasion of the 5th World Entrepreneurship Forum.

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