Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines write the message "Help us." Photo via fb.com
Amway is making an initial donation of $100,000 to recovery efforts in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan reportedly killed up to 10,000 people when it hit on Friday.
Pleas for aid have been coming from the devastated country since the weekend.
Ada-based Amway, its independent business owners and employees will provide the support in partnership with local non-government organizations and relief agencies, especially organizations that focus on children, as part of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.
Amway is providing both cash and product support as its donation.
“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines who are dealing with the catastrophic damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Jim Payne, regional president of the Asia Pacific region for Amway. “We are assessing the situation with our team at Amway Philippines and are prepared to provide additional assistance as we learn the status and needs of the affected areas.”
Amway, which has operated in the Philippines since 1997, reports that it has about 120 employees in the country, at its national headquarters in Manila and at business and distribution centers in Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao City, Mandaluyong City and Pangasinan.
The company has confirmed that its employees are safe, and it continues to determine the status of its more than 60,000 Amway independent business owners throughout the Philippines.