Help for Haiti
Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. In the earthquake’s aftermath the world has seen the terrible images and heard tragic stories and it’s in times like these that individuals, employees and companies ask, “What can I do to help?”
Our immediate response included a donation from the Cisco Foundation of US$250,000 to the American Red Cross and the matching of employee donations up to US$1 million. Our internal campaign was quickly extended to other NGO partners including CARE, Doctors Without Borders USA, and NetHope, Inc., plus the Australian Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, and Hong Kong Red Cross to provide local giving choices in areas where we have high concentrations of interested non-US employees.
At the time of this post, these donations have exceeded US$2.13 million with Cisco employees around the world contributing US$901,344 (and climbing!). If you are in the USA and would like to support American Red Cross, we suggest visiting their website.
Cisco has also made a corporate contribution of US$100,000 to our NGO partner NetHope and their “Haiti Emergency Response and Recovery” program. NetHope is working to restore communications for 21 of its member humanitarian organizations working in Port-au-Prince. Their aim is to provide the communication tools needed to speed delivery of food, water, shelter, health care and family reunification services. You can learn more about NetHope and make a donation through their website.
We recognize our contribution is just one small part of a global effort, but Cisco has also provided equipment, personnel and expertise to support our customers, partners and relief organizations in Haiti. From emergency communications gear to WebEx collaboration tools, we know technology can play an important enabling role in disaster resonse.