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MicroSourcing and Employees Raise P180K for Bohol Earthquake Survivors

by: Karen Cayamanda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Company News | Social Responsibility |

Funds Raised for Bohol

MicroSourcing and Employees Raise P180k for Bohol 
Earthquake SurvivorsMicroSourcing employees pooled resources to raise funds for the survivors of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and other nearby provinces last October 15.

One of the deadliest earthquakes to hit the Philippines in 23 years , the Bohol earthquake left 222 dead, 75,140 families displaced, and 67,400 residential houses damaged.

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of MicroSourcing launched a fundraiser to give employees a venue to conveniently donate cash. With empathy going out to victims, the successful fundraiser led to Php92,790.00 in a span of five days. MicroSourcing doubled employee contributions, bringing the total to Php185,580.00 for the immediate needs and rehabilitation of families affected.

The cash donations have been turned over to MicroSourcing’s partner organizations:

BangonSugBohol - A group of organizations (GILT, Joe Green, the Land Rover Club of the Philippines, the Elite Malaysia Rescue Team, and the Angle Brigade) is mobilizing to distribute family packs and medicines to Bohol earthquake victims. They are using part of the donation to assist families who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu. They have distributed groceries, hygiene kits, and medicines around Bohol and Cebu. At the moment, the group is raising more funds for rehabilitation efforts - clean-up kits for streets and homes, rebuilding, and repainting infrastructure.

SolarSolutions Inc. (SSI) - SSI is a social enterprise that introduces alternative and renewable energy initiatives in local Philippine communities, and in the process create positive social impact. After the earthquake, several Bohol municipalities were isolated because of collapsed bridges, landslide, and damaged roads. To address the pressing issue of drinking water sources, SolarSolutions is distributing solar-powered community water stations for disconnected cities in Bohol. The system is connected to a nearby roof to collect rainwater; it can also purify fresh water from deep well sources, rivers, and spring. It includes a device for lighting and functions for a charging station. The system is installed in shared areas like the town’s parish or government city hall.
The system has a capacity of 1,320 liters and produces 1 gallon of clean water per minute. In Pangangan Island, Bohol where the first filtration system was installed, it serves 1,176 families and is expected to last for the next 25 years with minimal maintenance. 
Last November 15, MicroSourcing CSR Officer Geoanna Corneby turned over donations with volunteer leaders who helped manage the fundraiser. In making sure donations are spent well, employee representatives joined the turnover meeting to further examine the efforts of SolarSolutions. Proceeds of the Bohol fundraiser will go to the residents of a small but densely populated island called Mantatao.  


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