The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS, has announced an initial commitment of $500,000 to aid in response and recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake on April 25 in Nepal. The UPS Foundation will contribute a combination of cash and in-kind support to enable the provision of urgent relief supplies as well as potential on-the-ground logistics support for long-term recovery needs.
Through its Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Programme, The UPS Foundation already has contributed a significant portion of these funds toward the immediate activation of emergency aid, enabling the purchase and distribution of critical relief supplies in the region. These funds have gone to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to secure shelter supplies and solar lanterns as well as to The World Food Programme for emergency food assistance such as high energy biscuits, and to CARE for the purchase of supply kits including tarps, blankets, jerry cans and toiletries.
UPS is also coordinating a consolidated relief charter flight to Nepal in support of the Dubai International Humanitarian City partner organizations. Additionally, The UPS Foundation is working closely with the United Nations Logistics Cluster and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to identify additional logistics support needs once further immediate and long-term recovery needs are determined.
“The devastation in Nepal is heartbreaking, and our condolences go out to all of the people impacted by this terrible tragedy,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation. “As recovery efforts continue, we will work closely with our partner organizations and the United Nations Logistics Cluster to evaluate additional ways that UPS can help through critical logistics support.”
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