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The last month has seen devastating floods in Southeast Asia and hurricanes across the Caribbean. The loss of life and destruction of homes and infrastructure is heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine what these people are going through.
Charities like the International Red Cross are on the ground providing food, shelter and medical care, but the reconstruction, especially in poor countries like Bangladesh and Cuba, will take a long time.
That’s why the Co-op has agreed to give a £50,000 donation to Co-operatives UK’s emergency appeal – to fund co-operative development in the most affected and in-need countries. Money raised through the appeal will be distributed directly to co-operatives on the ground, through the International Co-operative Alliance.
As soon as my team heard about the appeal, which was kicked off by Southern Co-op, we knew the Co-op had to do something. Co-operatives are really important to economic development in general – but when disaster strikes, they’re vital. When the international focus on a country goes away, it’s the local charities, co-operatives and credit unions that are still there, rebuilding communities and supporting local people. A good example of this co-operation was following the Indian Ocean tsunamis of 2004.
Co-operatives UK’s appeal is also a brilliant way to live our co-operative values, especially the sixth co-operative principle of ‘co-operation among co-operatives’, so I’d encourage all UK co-operatives to get involved and make a donation to the appeal, however big or small.
Group Community & Campaigns Director