Since 2009, we have taken hundreds of volunteers from across all our markets in Asia to communities across the region in times of need.
In addition to providing important financial assistance when disasters strike, Prudence Foundation also manages at the appropriate times the Regional Volunteers Programme.
We provide a platform for Prudential’s staff and agents with the support of executive management to work in partnership with local NGOs and government. Our volunteer efforts aim to provide meaningful, sustainable and long term assistance to communities in times of disaster. To date, hundreds of PRUvolunteers have joined forces to help thousands recover from natural disasters in Asia.
Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, Prudence Foundation formed a multi-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to help rebuild the lives of the community on Bantayan Island, North Cebu.
The Foundation provided funding for the building of 126 new disaster-resilient houses, together with donating 183 fishing boats and 140 pedicabs to the community to help restore their livelihood.
Between 2014 and 2017, almost 400 PRUvolunteers staff and agents from 13 Prudential markets travelled to the island for one week to assist with the rebuilding efforts.
In June 2017, the homes were completed and handed over to the beneficiaries.
In September 2016, Prudence Foundation led a team of 46 volunteers from 10 countries across Asia to build a safe school in the Quang Binh Province of Vietnam that would also serve as an evacuation centre for the community in the event of natural disasters such as storms or floods. The school will consist of 5 classrooms to cater for 63 pupils.
In June 2015, Prudence Foundation led a team of volunteers from Malaysia and 11 of our markets to help build homes for a community in the Kelantan province of Malaysia. This community was severely affected by severe flooding in January 2015. With support from local NGO partner EPIC homes, over 400 volunteers were involved in this initiative, with 100 participating each week in the build at Kampung Serasa.
In 2012, with FOPDEV, our local NGP partner, 65 regional PRUvolunteers travelled to Mae Ai District in Northern Thailand for one week to help repair and construct old people's homes, improve waterways and flood paths to reduce the risk of further damage. The volunteers also undertook a disaster simulation to prepare the district for future disasters.