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Testimony from beneficiaries

Scenes from the Apocalypse

At the entrance to Biliboy, a small village north of Ormoc, just opposite the destroyed church and health center, the home of the Enopias lies in ruins. It is hard to imagine that before November 8th this pile of wood and corrugated iron was a two-floor house where Diosdada and Angelo watched their nine children grow up. Like the Enopias, 200 other Biliboy families have depended on the help of the Red Cross for food and basic necessities.

After emergency first aid...

“Leyte was one of the islands that was most severely devastated by typhoon Haiyan, listed as the most violent ever seen to this day,” says Marion Agache from the French Red Cross. On the island, many volunteers were tasked with assessing the needs of the inhabitants of Ormoc and distributing emergency hygiene kits, blankets, mats and tarpaulins. “We then extended our activities to the villages in the northwest. We often had to walk three hours to reach them, carrying 40 kilos.”

... it’s time to start rebuilding

“With aid of 500,000 euros, plus another 97,500 euros in donations from employees, the Foundation provided us with invaluable support and highly flexible options for action. Part of the donations went on purchasing necessities. The rest will be used for projects in disaster risk prevention and reconstructing health centers.”

« We distributed 100,000 first necessity items to 20,000 families. »


Typhoon Hayian hit 16 million people in November 2013, causing 6,000 deaths and destroying one million homes. Immediate support from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the generosity of Sanofi employees provided emergency and post-emergency assistance to the victims of one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. This included: establishing mobile clinics, providing medical tents and health kits offering essential care for the wounded.

With Médecins du Monde, activities focused on the island of Leyte to rehabilitate 12 health centers in four districts for about 185,000 people in cooperation with local authorities.

With the French Red Cross, which sent its field teams to the north of the island of Cebu, Sanofi shared in efforts coordinated by the French embassy and helped build health centers.