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Big hearted Cisco digs deep for Tsunami victims

Cisco and its employees have contributed more than US$2.5 million toward humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts in stricken regions following the December 26 earthquake and tidal wave disaster.

Cisco and its employees have donated more than US$2.5 million for humanitarian relief and rebuilding efforts for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Asia and the east coast of Africa.

From the figure over US$460,000 has been donated from Cisco employees, including those in the Middle East. The rest of the funds have come from Cisco corporate.

The donation will be focused on immediate humanitarian relief efforts to assist local victims of the disaster.

Cisco is working in concert with nongovernmental associations including the Red Cross and government agencies to determine the best allocations for the donations.

Funds could also focus on rebuilding efforts including enhancing early warning systems for seismic activity in the region.

“On behalf of the employees of Cisco, I'd like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Asia and Africa,” says John Chambers, Cisco president and CEO.

“Giving back is a key element of our corporate culture. We are a global company with a strong presence in Asia, and we see it as our responsibility to help the local communities where we have employees, customers and partners rebuild after this tragedy,” he adds.

In addition to the donation, Cisco is working with the NetHope consortium, an organisation incubated by Cisco and includes other companies and nongovernmental associations, to make NetRelief Kits available to its member organisations for immediate deployment to the stricken areas.

These kits will provide an easy to set up and operate communications hub for disaster management where normal communications infrastructure is absent or destroyed and are augmented by NetHope with mobile satellite communications capability from Inmarsat.

NetHope is in the process assessing data to identify locations throughout the region for deployment of these kits.

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