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Emergency relief

In addition to catalyzing positive change within our focus areas, the H&M Foundation provides support to affected families in large scale disasters. Since 2013, the H&M Foundation has donated $2.2 million in emergency relief, contributing to our partners’ total aid for hundreds of thousands of people.

REFUGEE CRISIS IN MYANMAR AND BANGLADESH
$200,000

Since August 2017, more than 600,000 people fled Rakhine in Myanmar, arriving in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in desperate condition. To help saves lives and reduce suffering among those affected by the conflict, in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, the H&M Foundation donated $200,000 to the Red Cross. Learn more. Learn more.

FLOODS IN SOUTH ASIA
$200,000

In addition to the human tragedy that followed in the wake of South Asia’s worst flooding in years, Save the Children warned that children’s education and long-term well-being also is at risk. H&M Foundation donated $200,000 to Save the Children’s work in India and Bangladesh where 1.3 million children are currently out of school. Learn more.

HEAVY RAINS IN PERU
$100,000

In response to the heavy rains in Peru, the H&M Foundation donated $100,000 in April 2017, to support people who have been affected by the extreme weather and help them to rebuild their lives. The immediate response efforts will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene. Learn more.

DROUGHT IN ETHIOPIA
$600,000

In December 2015, April 2016 and March 2017, the H&M Foundation made donations, totalling $600,000, to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia during the current drought crisis. The support from the H&M Foundation has been directed towards food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well as basic education to children in affected areas. Learn more.

REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE
$500,000

In September 2015, the H&M Foundation donated $500,000 to support UNHCR in their response to the refugee crisis, offering refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan food, medical care, shelter, migration services and special support to children. Learn more.

EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
$100,000

In April 2015, the H&M Foundation donated $100,000 for Save the Children’s work to support the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Thousands of people lost their lives and the extensive damage left many in need of shelter, food and water. The donation contributed to shelter, child protection, education, water and hygiene, as well as health and nutrition for the people in need. Learn more.

SOUTH ASIA FLOODS
$100,000

In September 2014, the H&M Foundation donated $100,000 to support Save the Children’s work for victims of the floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The funding was directed towards emergency relief kits such as solar lamps and hygiene kits, as well as food packages and safe drinking water. Cash-for-work programs and unconditional cash grants was set up to help families in need. In addition, child friendly places for education and psychosocial care was also part of the support. Learn more.

RANA PLAZA
$200,000

In April 2014 and in March 2015, the H&M Foundation made two donations with a total of $200,000 to victims and families affected by the tragic Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, through the fund set up and managed by the UN body International Labor Organization. Learn more.

TYPHOON IN THE PHILIPPINES
$100,000

To support in the relief after the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, the H&M Foundation donated $100,000 to back the Red Cross in the initial rescue phase. Learn more.

FLOODS IN INDIA
$100,000

In response to the devastating floods in northern India in July 2013, the H&M Foundation donated $100,000 to support Save the Children India’s relief efforts to 5,000 families in the ten worst affected villages. Learn more.

All emergency relief donations are made in US dollars.
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The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas.
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