Ms. Universe, Cordaid help Yolanda recovery efforts

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEW YORK – The Miss Universe Organization and Dutch development agency, Cordaid, have partnered to create a global fund that will raise awareness and money for the Philippines to recover from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

The two international organizations will call attention to the needs of projects that are essential for the country’s recovery after the emergency relief period has ended.

“The Philippines is home to our biggest and most passionate fan base, which is so meaningful to the Miss Universe family,” said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization.


“The country was hit by Yolanda the night before our 2013 Miss Universe telecast and together with Cordaid, we will raise awareness and funds for long term recovery aid to build, and rebuild, flourishing communities,” Shugart added.

Cordaid began its recovery response and operations immediately after Yolanda struck focusing on all phases of relief strategy with the protection and safety of women and children as a primary objective.

Miss Universe Organization aims to empower women to serve as role models throughout their communities and across the globe.

Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler and former titleholders will join forces to become the change agents necessary to raise awareness for the project sites that the Miss Universe Cordaid fund will serve.

“A lot of emergency aid and recovery work has already been done,” said Simone Filippini, CEO of Cordaid.

“Thousands of tons of debris have been removed. Streets are swept clean. People are starting to rebuild their lives. But we acknowledge that “building back better” will not happen overnight. Cordaid will remain committed for the years to come to help and ensure that communities be rebuilt with an eye to self-reliance,” she added.

Cordaid is currently stationed in 36 developing countries working on more than 3,000 projects, ranging from urban housing to women’s health and children’s education.

The Miss Universe Organization’s first trip with Cordaid to the Philippines was in connection with the 2014 Miss Universe Philippines pageant.

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