About Ketsana Foundation
The Name Ketsana (or Ondoy) was from the name of the typhoon that devastated the Philippines in 2009
Wikipedia: "Typhoon Ketsana (International designation: 0916, JTWC designation: 17W, PAGASA name: Ondoy) was the second most devastating tropical cyclone in the 2009 Pacific typhoon season with a damage of $1.09 billion and 747 fatalities, only behind Morakot earlier in the season, which caused 789 deaths and damages worth $6.2 billion. The storm was the sixteenth tropical storm, eighth typhoon and the second major typhoon in the season. It was the most devastating typhoon to hit Manila,surpassing Typhoon Patsy (Yoling) in 1970."
Filipinos all over the world reacted quickly by sending all forms of help they could to the Philippines. In Zürich, two Filipino nurses, reacted the same and were quick- together with their Partners and friends- in organising Fundraising activities. They approached a lot of People and institutions to get the necessary help in differentr forms. In this moment. the Ketsana Foundation was born. Clearly, its mission is to help with the vision of making this life on earth beautiful for everybody, especially for those who are less fortunate. Its operation is naturally focused in the Philippines not becuase it's their homeland but because it's visited by numerous natural calamities every year and the sufferings are real.
These two founders are Frankliny Patricio and Milagros Asuncion. Supporting them from the very start are Elizabeth Patricio and Jun Asuncion of Bulan Observer. The first Benefit Concert was organized in 2009 with the help of the Filipino Pianist- conductor Aries Caces. The proceeds then were used to acquire materials and medicines for the victims in Bulan, Sorsogon. All these events were documented in Bulan Observer.
Now, the Ketsana Foundation is raising funds again for a small library building for a public school in Bulan, Sorsogon. Friends of Ketsana, Filipinos, Swiss and many other nationalities, have shown their interest in this Project. The Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Leslie Baja even wrote a message of support for this undertaking. A Swiss cardiovascular surgeon has offered to help by playing the piano for this fundraising concert. Indeed, the Ketsana foundation believes that giving and caring inspire others to do the same- irrespective of nationalities, colors, religion and political orientations.