Together we can reach those in need.
These times we’re living reminds us that we always need each other. The Galp Foundation and the Galp Group have joined together in response to the fight against COVID-19 and have implemented a set of initiatives that are designed to support those in need.
National Food Emergency Network
One of the most urgent needs is the protection of those who have more social and economical needs. We are mobility partners of the Food Emergency Network, an initiative of the Food Bank, which allows helping those who need it most. This support reaches 9 food banks nationwide and more than 270,000 people.
Community Life and peace
The need to support people in need is increasing at times like this pandemic. The Community Life and Peace is one of the entities that saw the number of people to whom it provided help grow to double. In this way, we support this institution with more than 1,800 food meals and as a mobility partner for the increasing movements of food deliveries to more than 800 people with economic and social needs every day.
We support IPSS with our energy
Because we know that IPSS - Private Institutions of Social Solidarity have a great responsibility towards the communities, especially in times as challenging as the one we are facing, we unite to jointly support a month of electricity and natural gas consumption to more than 500 IPSS. This includes nursing homes, day care centers, nursing homes, kindergartens, among other social centers. To date, the group of IPSS registered represent more than 83,000 people in 18 districts in Portugal. This support will allow entities to focus more on what really matters at this moment, people's wellbeing.
Temporary reception pavilions for homeless people
Looking out for those who need it most is also means giving them some comfort. In this way, hotspot heaters were made available for the Atlético Pavilion, in Tapadinha, Lisbon region. An initiative of the Lisbon City Council, this is one of the pavilions that temporarily shelters homeless people, providing a comfortable place to protect themselves from the risks of their condition, which are aggravated by the pandemic. Galp's energy also supported the Moscavide Day Center, in Lisbon, by offering gas, which allowed this institution to respond to the growing necessities of the local community and to continue offering meals and care both in the center and at home.
Supporting the School Community
Computers for distance learning
Education moves our world. We must continue to encourage our young people, inspired by their teachers, to continue their school career. Therefore, in view of the conditions imposed by the pandemic, Galp and its partners join the Ministry of Education to donate computers to the school community, thus contributing to the fact that less resourceful students continue their teaching activities at a distance. Together with Student Keep, more than 400 computers have been delivered.
Initiative "Response to COVID-19"
Together with the Portuguese Government, the European Union and other companies, Galp contributed to the "Global Response to Covid-19" initiative. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, Portugal has managed to raise 10 million euros, which will be used to meet the challenge we are all facing.
National Volunteering Campaign
A gesture changes everything
Galp offered television space in a national broadcaster for the Ministry of Labor and Solidarity to launch a campaign to recruit volunteers to care for the elderly - the largest volunteer grant in Portugal. Based on this idea, it was created the campaign "A Gesture Changes Everything", which aims to mobilize Galp employees and the community for the various forms of volunteering, face-to-face or distance, promoting the participation of all. Galp and its Foundation are therefore associated with the largest campaign to raise awareness of volunteers in Portugal.
Galp Voz Amiga
In order to minimize the impact that social isolation can have on the mental health of Galp employees, a helpline was created - Galp Voz Amiga. Through this phone line, Galp pensioners can request support in the form of a conversation, thus contributing to a possible decrease in anxiety and increased emotional stability influenced by this context, or volunteer to help with their time.
Delivery of computer equipment to homes in the communities of Matosinhos and Sines
In order to minimise the risks and to mitigate the consequences of social isolation on users in nursing homes, Galp and its Foundation delivered computers and tablets to these groups so that they can keep in touch with their families during the pandemic period.
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Providing support to health care systems
The health and well-being of the community are urgent topics in the present context, as well as the innumerou social emergencies that arise as a consequence of the pandemic. Together with Galp Group companies and partner entities, there have been implemented a set of initiatives that address all those who are on the front line and all those who are in the most vulnerable situations. Get to know the ongoing and already implemented initiatives.
National Health Service and INEM
To support health institutions and professionals on the front line in the fight against the pandemic, we have joined forces to strengthen the Portuguese National Health Service – NHS with 40 ventilators that have been delivered to the following hospitals: São João Hospital, Santa Maria da Feira Hospital, Fernando da Fonseca Hospital, Setúbal, Beja, Évora and Montijo Hospitals, Local Health Units of Matosinhos and the Alentejo Coast, the University Hospital Centre of São João and the Hospital Centres of Algarve, Lisboa Norte, Setúbal, Coimbra, Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho. Galp also joined eight Portuguese companies to jointly acquire 126 ventilators that will be donated to the NHS in order to boost the responsive capacity of intensive care units in Portuguese hospitals. The delivery of the ventilators is scheduled for May. In parallel, Galp has contributed to the refuelling of vehicles of the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM), thus supporting the operations for the transport of infected patients and the home collection of samples for analysis.
Camião da Esperança
Camião da Esperança is a mobile unit that travels from north to south of the country, to perform about 100 tests on Covid-19, per day, for a month. The Esperança Truck will be on the road, fully equipped, with a team of health professionals, to test and inform the inhabitants of the interior of Portugal. An initiative developed with the support of the Ministry of Health, and in partnership with TVI and Rádio Comercial, which will be coordinated by the National Association of Public Health Physicians, which ensures the articulation of all procedures with the RHA - Regional Health Administrationof each region, to identify priority outbreaks, official screening procedures and subsequent procedures.
Advertising granted to the General Directorate of Health
In order to inform communities and combat disinformation, Galp has contributed more than 2,500 outdoor spaces at national level and the equivalent of more than 340,000 digital advertising impressions in order to disseminate prevention and awareness messages.
We stand with field hospitals and health professionals
The Super Bock Arena, in Porto, is one of the concert halls transformed into field hospitals to respond to the emergency. Galp offers the consumption of all electricity that powers this space created to relieve pressure from public hospitals at this stage.
It also takes part in an initiative with the Portuguese Hospitality Association that aims to offer more comfort and proper social isolation for professionals who are at the frontline fighting the epidemic. During this period, Galp will offer energy to hotel clients that join the initiative. A measure that helps health professionals not to put their families at risk.
Also thinking of those who are at the front line, it was created ISTAR against COVID-19, a movement that provides 300 campervans to support overnight stays for health professionals near the units where they fight every day for the lives of the Portuguese. Galp is a partner in this initiative, ensuring the necessary means for vehicles to travel through the various hospitals and fire stations across the country. Learn more about this movement.
Supporting fire brigades
Firefighters' Coporations are part of the entities that provide support to local communities in responding to the emergency during the pandemic. Thus, Galp is helping the travel costs of the Sines, Santo André, Santiago do Cacém and Leça da Palmeira Fire Brigades.
Delivery of 31,000 personal protection equipment units to the community
One of the main needs and protection mechanisms to prevent the contagion of COVID-19 is the use of protective material
such as masks, gloves and visors. Galp and its Foundation have delivered more than 31,000 units of this material to civil
protection and fire brigades, as well as to Portuguese private welfare entities (IPSS) and Galp customers.