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Disaster relief

Supporting children suffering from the impact of natural disasters and helping communities to better prepare for and meet their unique needs during and after a disaster strikes. 

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Save the Children partnership

Save the Children and GSK have been working together globally since 2005 and reached 3 million children in the U.S. alone.

Since 2015, GSK has partnered with Save the Children in the U.S. to provide immediate emergency relief to children and families affected by disasters and to build safer and more resilient communities. GSK’s generous contribution provides aid to children affected by recent disasters including Hurricane Ida, the Afghan Arrivals Response, the Texas Winter Storms, the U.S. Mexico Border Crisis and Hurricane Laura. GSK’s corporate and employee donations make it possible for Save the Children to support communities, child-serving institutions and families develop plans to increase the resilience of children experiencing disasters.

Disasters are scary and disruptive for kids – they take children away from their homes, their schools, their friends and can have lasting consequences,” said Jeanne-Aimée DeMarrais, Senior Director of U.S. Emergencies for Save the Children. “We are incredibly grateful to GSK for this grant which will grow our capacity and enable us to serve children across America in time of crisis.

In 2019, GSK donated $1.5 million over three years to help enhance Save the Children’s ability to respond to disasters in the United States.  This investment will help to mobilize rapid responses to help children affected by natural disasters, strengthen the capacity of staff and volunteers and increase its efficiency through data system improvements.

To drive sustainable change for children in disasters across the US, in 2015 we also partnered with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness [NCDP] and Save the Children to research and develop a national model for community-led, child-focused emergency planning. After three years of hard work, the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative has produced a comprehensive online toolbox of resources to share with communities across the US. Today, NCDP is continuing this important work in Puerto Rico and North Carolina with GSK’s support. 

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Hurricane Ida Response

Supporting the communities where we live and work GSK provided grants totaling $250,000 to the organizations listed below to help with the relief an recovery efforts for families impacted by Hurricane Ida. ongoing US Community Partnerships collaboration with Save the Children and the Save the Children Emergency Response Teams  provides essential items including hygiene kits, diapers, wipes, portable cribs to help families continue to care for their children and support restoration of child-care centers and schools so kids can get back to learning and routine as quickly as possible.

Grantees

Activities

Direct Relief

Enabling local emergency responders and medical facilities to increase their capacity to safely care for patients and communities affected by the hurricane and its aftermath in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, New York and New Jersey.  Providing critically needed medical products, PPE, and solar power backup units and fridges delivered to approved facilities and agencies in a timely and secure manner.  Ensuring that medical professionals will be equipped with the tools they need to care for patients and to protect themselves from Covid-19.

 

Americares

Shipping and fulfilment of donated medicine, medical supplies, personal protective equipment and relief supplies.  Re-establishing local health services for low-income patients by supporting safety net providers in addressing power outages, securing temporary space and securing medicines and supplies to treat patients and protect health workers.  Leveraging expertise in emergency mental health, providing targeted mental training and technical assistance, including self-care, stress management, and psychological first aid, to health care workers and response professionals in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.  Leveraging existing referral pathways including national and local mental health and substance abuse resources.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Inc.

Identifying gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial and technical support where it is needed most.  Providing expert, timely and relevant advice from professionals with deep knowledge of disaster philanthropy while placing an emphasis on medium- and long-term recovery and disaster giving with an intersectional racial equity lens to increase the effectiveness of funding support.

American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Region

Providing services and support, both tangible (assistance with finding temporary housing, financial assistance for basic needs) and intangible (mental health and spiritual care), to survivors of Hurricane Ida as they journey to recovery in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Providing funding to local nonprofits in the greater New Orleans region to support emergency food and shelter as well as legal aid and technical assistance for residents working to navigate applications for assistance.