Rapid, straightforward aid in emergencies

In the event of natural disasters, either in Switzerland or abroad, we are quick to respond with immediate aid, unhampered by red tape. This has a long tradition with Coop. In 2002, for example, we donated aid worth CHF 150,000 to the Swiss Red Cross for Prague, which had been hit hard by flooding.

So that the aid really does reach the people who desperately need it, we usually work with the Swiss Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders when it comes to providing emergency relief. These organizations take care of the logistics on the ground, because they are in a position to know where exactly tents, food, water or medicine are needed most urgently.

Other examples of our emergency relief:

    • 2014: CHF 0.5 million of emergency relief for the Balkans.
      In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, relatives and acquaintances of Coop employees were also affected by the flooding and had to be evacuated from their homes. In order to help them quickly and effectively, we donated CHF 0.5 million to the Swiss Red Cross.
    • 2013: CHF 1 million for typhoon victims in the Philippines.
      We donated CHF 1 million to the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, aid organizations that were operating on the spot.
    • 2010: CHF 1 million for people affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
      We donated CHF 1 million for infrastructure and medicine through the Swiss Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
    • 2009: 80,000 family kits for Burkina Faso.
    • 2006: CHF 250,000 for tsunami victims in Batticaloa (Sri Lanka).
    • 2006: CHF 250,000 for the construction of new houses for tsunami victims.
    • 2005: CHF 150,000 for earthquake victims in Kashmir and Pakistan.
    • 2004: Seeds worth CHF 15,000 for farmers in the Dominican Republic after a devastating cyclone.
    • 2003: Twelve tonnes of food worth CHF 60,000 for people in need in Romania.

Aid in Switzerland

In Switzerland, too, people may find themselves in an emergency situation because of a storm. In such situations, the Coop Mountain Areas Sponsorship Programme offers rapid, unbureaucratic help. In 2014, for example, financial support was given to those affected by the severe weather in the Emmental region to help them rebuild the infrastructure and replace destroyed animal feed. CHF 189,000 was raised following an appeal for donations in the Coop member press, which increased the money available through Coop Aid for Mountain Regions to CHF 250,000.

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