France-Philippines United Action Foundation [fr]
The France-Philippines United Action (FPUA) was created in 2013 by a group of French companies led by Don Lee, President of Lafarge, with the support of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France-Philippines) and the Embassy of France in the Philippines.
Initially, the FPUA served as a coordination and communication structure to facilitate the relief and humanitarian programs of the French business community in the Philippines following the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). In 2015, following the visit of then-French President François Hollande, the FPUA became the Foundation of CCI France-Philippines with the objective of continuing its mission and promoting long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in the Philippines for the victims of natural disasters.
The France-Philippines United Action Foundation advocates to build sustainable and resilient communities in the Philippines through housing rehabilitation, health and child welfare.
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross, and through the financial contributions of French and Philippines companies, the FPUA contributed to the construction of two villages in Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu.
More than 200 disaster-resilient houses have been built for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Last year, the Foundation began construction for the third rehabilitation site in Bogo City, Cebu, which will soon accommodate 46 underprivileged families who are still living in extremely precarious conditions.
At the same time, the France-Philippines United Action Foundation provides scholarships for children from the FPUA rehabilitation sites, and partners with international and local organisations to implement health programs for the families benefitting from the FPUA housing program.
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