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 $3.8 million in emergency relief, contributing to our partners’ total aid for hundreds of thousands of people.
In response to the global outbreak of the Corona virus disease, the H&M Foundation donated $500,000 to COVID-10 Solidarity Response Fund by the World Health Organization. The aim is to ensure all countries are prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems.
In December 2019 the Philippines was hit by two typhoons, with 100,000 houses destroyed and over 130,000 people displaced. In addition to this, the eruption of Taal volcano in January 2020 left villages blanketed by heavy ash and many people were forced to evacuate their homes. H&M Foundation donates $100,000 to the Philippine Red Cross.
The Syrian civil war has created the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time, a continuing cause of suffering for millions. H&M Foundation is donating a total of 200,000 USD to refugees in Lebanon and Turkey, reaching almost 10,000 people.
Monsoon rains throughout Bangladesh caused extreme flooding and landslides in July 2019. An estimated 7 million throughout Bangladesh were affected by the flooding, with 600,000 houses damaged or destroyed, hundreds of people killed, over 280,000 displaced, and 163,000 hectares of crops damaged. In response to this H&M Foundation donated 100,000 USD to the Red Cross.
On 28 September 2018, a major earthquake struck Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, generating a tsunami that hit coastal areas. As a result, more than 1,400 people were killed, 2,500 injured and more than 70,000 were displaced. In response to this, the H&M Foundation donates USD 100,000 to The Red Cross.
The southern Indian state of Kerala has been hit by one of the worst natural disasters in nearly a century. Heavy monsoon rains have left the state devastated, with landslides and flash floods killing over 370 people the last one month. In response to this, the H&M Foundation is donating 100,000 USD to Save the Children.
The situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh is a humanitarian disaster of historic proportion. In response to the urgent situation, the H&M Foundation is making a second donation to the Red Cross, reaching 223,700 people in both Bangladesh and Myanmar.
On December 22, the tropical storm Tembin went in over the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, home to some 20 million people. Tembin left a trail of destruction, displacing tens of thousands, damaging houses and livelihoods.In response to this, the H&M Foundation donates 100,000 USD to the Philippines Red Cross. Learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.