We are all aware of the tragic devastation that has occurred in the Philippines recently, and our hearts go out to all those who have suffered losses and who continue to struggle in the recovery effort there.
To help the people of the Philippines who have been left vulnerable after the devastation, Pingo is supporting the efforts of the American Red Cross Society and other not-for-profit organizations. The American Red Cross Society, which has been assisting the Philippines Red Cross, was among the first humanitarian aid agencies that launched relief operations after the disaster to help more than four million people in need of emergency support.
The initial relief efforts focused on helping with disaster assessment and logistical support, food, shelter, sanitation and water and other essential services. However, there is still significant need for humanitarian aid because of the magnitude of the damage. The typhoon left behind extensive destruction to property and infrastructure. Thousands were left homeless, and the lack of infrastructure continues to present a major challenge to relief and recovery efforts. Thousands of families were also disconnected by the disaster, and many natives of the Philippines abroad have not been able to reach their loved ones. In its efforts to reconnect families, the American Red Cross Society has established a service to help families locate their relatives.
Pingo is working hard to improve the voice quality of calls made through its network with the aim of providing customers with a reliable way to communicate with their family and friends across the globe. Pingo uses an established network that is capable of handling billions of minutes in long distance and international calls at some of the lowest rates in the market. The service offers a quality guarantee and flexible call options, including land-line, mobile and a “soft phone” service that enables Pingo customers to make calls from a computer with an Internet connection, which may be more widely accessible than a traditional phone line or mobile signal. The Pingo calling service can be accessed from any carrier and from more than 30 countries around the world. Pingo’s parent company, iBasis, one of the world’s largest international wholesale carriers, also made a donation to support Telecom Sans Frontieres (“Telecom without Borders”). Telecom Sans Frontieres is a non-governmental organization that is providing telecommunications support to facilitate communications among those affected and to enable humanitarian relief agencies on the ground to better coordinate their efforts.
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2. by Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Sends-Support-to-Philippines-for-Typhoon-Response