Inconsistent rainfall, extreme heat, flooding, and low crop yields have led to severe food insecurity for more than 20 million people in east Africa. In response, the American Red Cross has contributed $650,000 to help people struggling to feed their families in two countries, Kenya and South Sudan. The financial contribution is aiding local Red Cross teams in their efforts to save lives.
“My crops were last full four years ago,” says Adumasu Lulalu, one farmer affected by the severe drought. “Since then, there has been almost nothing. It comes and goes.”
It is dawn in Peru, but Andres Medina has been awake for hours. He and his fellow Red Cross volunteers are gearing up for a busy day of delivering aid to people impacted by heavy floods. They know what’s needed, and where they’re going. They don’t know when they’ll sleep next; but sleep-they figure-can wait.
“That’s the way it is, the emergency does not follow working hours,” says Andres.
Volunteer teams from the Bangladesh Red Crescent were out in full-force this weekend as Cyclone Mora barreled towards the South Asian country. Volunteers helped their neighbors before the storm struck—working with local government authorities to evacuate more than one million people from low-lying coastal areas such as Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, and some of the offshore islands. Red Crescent teams spread early warnings in communities via megaphone and also helped families find safety in storm shelters.
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The American Red Cross (ARC) is jointly implementing a recovery program with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) called “Tindog Tabang Leytana” (TTL) and is scaling up other developmental programs under their five year strategic engagement plan 2018 - 2022. The TTL project facilitates community and household recovery through a range of interventions in the areas of water and sanitation, shelter and settlements, livelihoods, community-based health and disaster risk reduction whereas other projects focus more on disaster preparedness and readiness.
The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. With programs and partners in 70 countries, the American Red Cross is working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network in order to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, reaching 100 million people annually.