Deutsche Telekom supports relief efforts for victims of the earthquake in Nepal. The company has donated EUR 50,000 to Germany's "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" relief coalition. The Group will also cover the mobile costs for the relief workers.
The earthquake that took place on April 25, 2015 and numerous aftershocks have had disastrous consequences for Nepal. The death toll has risen to more than 3,500. Although international aid efforts are underway, they are encountering great difficulties due to the geographic situation coupled with the destroyed infrastructure.
Immediate donation from Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is providing rapid assistance for the people affected in Nepal. The Group is donating EUR 50,000 as emergency aid to its longstanding cooperation partner, Aktion Deutschland Hilft. The established coalition of German relief organizations provides immediate assistance on site. The member organizations of the coalition have already been active for many years in the crisis region and can provide direct support to those affected with drinking water, food, and medicine. Furthermore, additional aid workers are on their way from Germany to the crisis areas.
Covering roaming costs for earthquake helpers
Deutsche Telekom is also providing support for the helpers: Deutsche Telekom will cover the roaming costs for any of its mobile customers working on site as helpers, as well as the costs for any calls made from Nepal to friends and relatives in Germany. Any costs incurred will be reimbursed automatically.
"The devastating earthquake is impacting the people of Nepal on an unimaginable scale. As a socially committed company, it is a matter of importance to us to help quickly and unbureaucratically in this emergency situation," says Gabriele Kotulla, Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Telekom. "With Aktion Deutschland Hilft we have a reliable, longstanding cooperation partner whose help gets to where it's needed."
The Group has already supported the "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" coalition financially in the past for disaster situations, including help for the earthquake victims in Haiti in 2010, during Germany's flood disaster in 2013, and the hurricane on Vanuatu in 2015.