Emergency Responses


The ILCU Foundation has responded to many humanitarian crises to help and support people who have suffered from a natural disaster. We have partnered with leading international NGO’s, relief agencies and local organisations to ensure that we can restore people’s lives back to normal as quickly as possible. We have the ability to respond effectively and efficiently to an emergency due to the generosity and support of our credit union partners and their members’.


Refugee Crisis 

A young mother with a
child speaks with a first
responder outside
Milan Central Station

Irish credit unions and the ILCU Foundation provided a donation of up to €25,000 to help children who have lost parents and guardians as they arrived in Milan Central Station; the ILCU Foundation has partnered with Plan International Ireland who established a HUB in the station to provide aid to the influx of migrants and refugees.

This donation supported the needs of unaccompanied minors and families with children by providing them with food, water and first medical aid as they reached Milan, Spain.

The generous donation helped to bolster the recovery efforts by supplying and distributing 1,600 emergency kits to unaccompanied refugee minors who are fleeing from insecurity and conflict in Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and the Sub Sahara.

The full report, including the budget breakdown, can be found here.


Nepal - Earthquake 

The disastrous earthquake killed over 5,000 people, injured thousands of men, women and children.

In 2015, Nepal suffered from the most powerful natural disaster since the 1934 Nepal - Bihar earthquake. The disastrous earthquake killed over 5,000 people, injured thousands of men, women and children and displaced millions from their homes.

Irish credit unions in partnership with ILCU Foundation committed to providing €50,000 to support the revitalization of Nepalese credit unions which were destroyed, and to support staff and members affected by one of the worst natural disasters in recent times. The fund enabled thousands of members to begin to rebuild their lives and provide for their families once more.

The full report, including the budget breakdown, can be found here. The remainder of the financial commitment (€40,000) will go towards the revitalisation of the credit union system; the ILCU Foundation will provide an update with regard to this project in the coming months.


Philippines - Super Typhoon Haiyan  

Thousands of homes owned by members of credit unions in the Philippines were completely destroyed.

Irish credit unions in partnership with the ILCU Foundation provided €60,000 to help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. A major element of the fund, administered by the ILCU Foundation, in conjunction with the Canadian Co-operative Association and the World Council of Credit Unions, went towards supporting the National Federation of Co-operatives for Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines (NFCPWD).

The NFCPWD, a federation of worker co-operatives for persons with disabilities, suffered catastrophic damage to their facilities and equipment. NFCPWD members experienced irreparable damage to their homes and communities.

The assistance provided by the Irish credit union movement went towards enabling their members to rebuild their homes and return to their livelihoods as soon as possible. Nearly 2,000 members and their families benefitted from the financial support provided.