Korean Air extends helping hand to typhoon-affected families in Cebu

CEBU, Philippines - Following Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, Korean Air has once again partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) to respond to shelter needs of families in northern Cebu.

A group of 12 Korean Air employees staff gathered at the Cebu office and volunteered with HFHP to distribute shelter repair kits on March 15 to families in Daanbantyaan whose houses were severely damaged or destroyed.

"We truly hope that by distributing the shelter repair kits, more of the affected families will be able to rebuild their own homes instead of living in tents or makeshift shelters, bringing back hope and quick recovery for the people suffering from this severe disaster.

"This is also part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility," said Hyung Soo Kim, Regional Manager in Cebu.

Korean Air donated a total of 14 shelter repair kits to the affected families. The kits contain plywood, lumber, corrugated roofing sheets, galvanized iron sheets, assorted nails, a hammer and a saw.

The materials may be used to construct a small dwelling or to patch up the walls and roofs of the houses. In addition, HFHP is also arranging for carpenters to assist the residents in constructing their homes.

Korean Air has emphasized the importance of co-existence and growth together with its local communities.

Last October, Korean Air joined with HFHP in supporting Southeast Asia's first home building project for the underprivileged in Payatas, Quezon City. The project is now about 70 per cent complete, with the donated housing unit expected to be completed by end of May this year.

The airline has also been helping with the relief works in the communities suffering from natural disasters.

In November 2013, Korean Air provided relief goods to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Goods delivered to the country included 60,000 liters of mineral water, 60,000 noodle cups, 24,000 cups of dried rice and 2,000 blankets.

In March 2011, the carrier made donations of relief goods to the victims of the earthquake in the northeast province of Japan. In the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, Korean Air also dispatched a special cargo flight to transport blankets and mineral water to the quake zone.

As a leading global carrier, Korean Air will continue to participate actively in support to its corporate social responsibility programs at home and abroad in the near future, include protecting the environment, maintaining a sustainable development, sharing with and supporting the local communities.