Panasonic Establishes Flood Relief and Steps Up Education Efforts in Myanmar

Sep 11, 2015

Through international emergency humanitarian aid organization, Japan Platform, Panasonic is providing aid to those affected by recent floods.

Singapore - To aid communities affected by recent widespread floods across Myanmar, Panasonic Asia Pacific, along with its Group Companies in Singapore, has donated approximately S$33,500 to spur relief efforts in the afflicted nation. Funds are primarily being channeled through Japan Platform, an international emergency humanitarian aid organisation that offers the most effective and prompt emergency aid in response to natural disasters and refugees' situations worldwide. Some of the funds are also donated to the Red Cross Singapore.

Mr. Toru Nishida, Managing Director, Panasonic Asia Pacific, said: "It has been absolutely heartbreaking to see hundreds of thousands being affected by the floods - many people have been displaced from their homes, some have lost their livelihood as crops have been wiped out. At Panasonic, we recognise our responsibilities as a corporation to improve the lives of people around the world through our business operations, and with the close ties that we have with Myanmar, we want to help the people tide over this period through this effort."

In addition, Panasonic also started an Eco Learning Programme to help educate youths in Myanmar on the impact of climate change and what can be done to protect the environment as part of disaster risk reduction. On 12 August, the first session was conducted for around 50 children aged between 10 and 15 years old at the child nurturing facility "Dream Train" in Yangon, where they explored a diverse range of eco ideas including eco-living and eco-technology.

As part of Panasonic's 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, over 7,000 solar lanterns have also been donated over the last 3 years to 9 societal organisations working to address various social challenges in the country.

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