Telenor provides aid to flood victims in Asia
August 8, 2007 - Grameenphone, Telenor Pakistan and Telenor have initiated voluntary efforts and made donations to help the flood victims in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Expressing their sympathy for the flood victims in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the management and employees of Grameenphone, Telenor Pakistan and Telenor have initiated voluntary efforts and made donations to relief funds.
In Bangladesh some eight million are affected by the flooding, according to UN figures. Grameenphone has joined the combined emergency relief distribution efforts in different flood affected districts of Dhaka, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions. Relief materials such as food and other essential items are distributed in the affected areas. A good number of volunteers from GP are also participating in the relief distribution efforts.
To complement this community involvement, Grameenphone CEO Erik Aas today handed over three cheques worth Tk 4.31 crore (approximately NOK 3,6 million) to the Chief Advisor's Relief Fund. The cheques included Tk Two crore from Grameenphone, Tk Two crore from Telenor, the majority shareholder of Grameenphone, and another Tk 31 lakh as contribution from the Grameenphone employees, as part of their one day's salary.
The South Asia monsoon is causing floods in the whole region, also in Pakistan. Telenor Pakistan and its employees have continued their efforts to provide relief to the flood-affected people, by distributing food and drinking water to almost 10,000 families in the badly-hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan.
Telenor Pakistan employees across the country also contributed generously to a flood relief fund set up by employees themselves. The funds collected were matched by Telenor Pakistan's Corporate Responsibility department with an equal amount. The resulting amount has helped to meet the basic needs of several thousand people.