Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced Monday the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar in the Philippines.
The community school replaces a facility that was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), a Category 5 storm in November 2013.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, immediately partnered with Operation USA, to rebuild this elementary school in this region.
It was funded by more than 1,800 Honeywell employees who contributed to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF), which provides direct support to Honeywell employees and communities in need whenever a natural disaster strikes.
One hundred percent of employees’ donations go directly to the people who need help rebuilding their lives as they cope with destruction from wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, earthquakes and other types of natural disasters.
The Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School is more than 6,000 square feet in size and currently serves 250 students and eight teachers in grades 1-6. The facility includes eight classrooms, an administrative office, two bathrooms, a playground and a basketball court. Honeywell will continue to support the project through a 5-year term agreement.
The school was designed to withstand winds up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour and has been designated as an evacuation center for the residents of Ngolos Barangay in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. In December 2014, the school was used as an emergency shelter during Typhoon Hagupit and kept the community safe from harm.
Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately funded relief, reconstruction and development aid.