New homes for 45 families following the2014 Typhoon Haiyan,thanks in part to support from the WW group.

PHILIPPINES: Through a community resettlement project in Barangay Pago, the project to rebuild a total of 320 housing units for displaced families started in November 2014. The project will continue throughout 2015, and help the community rebuild by providing them not only livelihood support, but the most basic human need of shelter.

Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. The lowlying areas of Tacloban were hardest hit, with some areas completely washed away leaving thousands of families homeless.

While the WW group strives to give back to the societies in which it operates, some communities are of particular importance. As 46% of our seafarers call the Philippines home, the company is a long-term supporter of projects in the country.

Wilhelmsen recently renewed its sponsorship agreement with SOS Children’s Villages in the Philippines. Children who have lost parental care can find a loving home at the SOS centre in Cebu. They live with SOS brothers and sisters, and are affectionately cared for by an SOS Mother. Young children attend the SOS nursery, along with children from the local community.

“The WW group makes contributions in line with our company value empowerment, and we are therefore proud to be one of SOS Children’s Villages main sponsors and contributors to the housing project in Tacloban and the village in Cebu,” says Kai Lundewall, corporate communications.