AN INTERNAL company appeal for aid for victims of the 2004 tsunami has led to the creation of a new 'direct-action' charity organisation, it was announced this week.
International consultant Halcrow and its staff raised £76,000 immediately after the Asian tsunami. The money was put to direct use with Halcrow staff helping to build new schools, houses and shing boats for people in Galle in Sri Lanka and Aceh in Indonesia.
The body through which the funds were channelled - the Halcrow Foundation - has now received ofcial recognition as a charity by the Charity Commission.
The Foundation's aim is to improve the lives of people in need 'by mobilising the goodwill and expertise of Halcrow employees'.
Halcrow Foundation chairman David Kerr said at the of cial launch of the charity on Monday: 'We will continue to work towards our purpose of alleviating poverty and suffering around the world.' Halcrow has pledged to pay 0.5% of annual profits to the foundation and will contribute staff time and skills. Halcrow employees can also make direct donations.
The Foundation has been operational since January 2005 and apart from work in tsunamihit areas is also helping bring clean water to communities in Malawi and sanitation facilities to people in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.