Thursday, November 21, 2013


The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) have separately called for international solidarity in giving assistance to cooperatives hit hard by Super typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda.

Dame Pauline Green, ICA president, issued a "message of generosity" in the wake of major destruction in the Philippines by Haiyan, urging its members to "support the ICA cause by giving generously to the Philippines..".

"You will have seen the desperate news coming from the Philippines in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon late last week.  While precise reports are always difficult to obtain immediately following such events, reliable accounts place the loss in the thousand of lives," Green said in a statement posted in the ICA website.

"We know from experience that many multiples of that will have been displaced.  We have been in communication with our members in the Philippines and they are attempting to assess the situation under very difficult circumstances," she added.

On the other hand, the Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has appealed to members of credit unions and co-operatives across Canada for financial support to aid victims of "super" Typhoon Haiyan as it rips across the central Philippines.

Co-operative organizations in the path of the typhoon include members of the National Federation of Co-operatives of Persons with Disability (NFCPWD) and RIMANSI Micro-Insurance Regional Resource Center, both partners supported by CDF and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA).

CDF's fundraising efforts will be directed to the CDF Philippines Relief fund.  When a partner co-operative is in immediate need, CDF provides emergency funds to help that partner restore service to its members as quickly as possible, CDF said in its press reports on its website.  (END). 

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