Un devastador terremoto de magnitud de 7.8 en la escala de Richter sacudió la zona costera de Ecuador y Colombia el pasado sábado 16 de abril. Al menos 413 personas perdieron la vida y más de 2,600 resultaron heridas según fuentes oficiales. La zona más afectada fue la provincia de Manabí donde se encuentra la ACJ-YMCA de Puerto Viejo.
Geomara Rodríguez, Presidenta de la ACJ-YMCA de Ecuador, informó la noche del sábado que ninguno de los empleados y voluntarios resultaron heridos.
After the tragedy occurred in the Andean country, the YMCA of Ecuador was immediately present by organizing an emergency response team and turning the YMCA centers in the towns of Santo Domingo and Portoviejo in emergency operation centers collecting donations and emergency supplies. YMCA staff and volunteers worked long hours to collect water, food, blankets, mattresses, first aid kits, and other emergency supplies receiving an overwhelming response from the community.
The deadly Ebola virus has claimed more than 2,400 lives throughout five affected West African countries. More than half of Ebola-related deaths have been in Liberia.
44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
Thursday night, on July 17, the Israeli government approved the expansion of its military operation in the Gaza Strip and launched a ground incursion. This follows 10 days of heavy airstrikes and shellings by Israeli forces which have killed 266 Palestinians and injured over 1,700, the majority civilians. This new development is likely to dramatically increase the already high level of violence and suffering of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, particularly in the case of children.
The earthquake that occurred off the Sanriku coast of northern Japan on 11 March 2011 caused one of the most destructive tsunamis ever recorded. Aside from the devastating loss of human life and damage to physical infrastructure, 470,000 survivors were evacuated to shelters and as of December 2013, about 117,000 remain displaced in temporary accommodation.
11 January 2013
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A serious situation created by floods and strong winds in Sri Lanka has still continuing and affected nearly 328,000 people in 10 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka in the provinces of Sabaragamuwa, North, East, West, Uva, Central, South, North Central and East. So far the floods have claimed 45 lives and 8 disappearances have been reported up to today. Two deaths, due to drowning, were reported from Pundaluoya and Hali-ella on Jan. 8 - 2013.
Since the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on 12 January, YMCA Haiti and its international partners have been responding to the urgent needs of affected communities and developing plans for long term rehabilitation.
YMCA Haiti has developed a one year plan to provide support to 14,400 young people and their families, to rebuild the Konbit Service Centre that was destroyed by the quake, and increase the capacity of YMCA staff and volunteers.
Specific activities include:
- Providing after-school education, arts and crafts, youth leadership and recreational activities …
9 March 2010 - The World Alliance of YMCAs and Latin American and Caribbean Alliance (LACA) of YMCAs are launching an emergency appeal of 106,000 USD to support YMCA Chile's life-saving work with earthquake victims.
Nearly three weeks after the devastating earthquake that struck central Chile, the full extent of the damages and loss of lives is becoming clear.
Ten days after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, the humanitarian situation remains critical. With a whole country, including government and public services, deeply affected, the international community is responding as quickly and efficiently as possible to the most urgent needs of the survivors.
Today, the World Alliance of YMCAs together with the Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs (LACA) is launching an international appeal to the YMCA movement in support of the Haiti earthquake victims.
The Haitian people are suffering a crisis of a magnitude that no one can comprehend.
Since early April 2009, YMCA Sri Lanka has been providing much needed emergency support to internally displaced children and youth affected by the armed conflict. Though the conflict officially ended on 19th May 2009, the situation remains desperate; according to government reports the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) exceeds 280,000 across four districts.
Southern Sudan rarely makes headlines, and yet in the areas bordering with DR Congo and Uganda, the humanitarian situation is desperate. 17,000 people have now taken refuge in the town of Yambio after falling victims to brutal violence, looting and killing by the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army.
The health and nutritional risks for the internally displaced population, particularly children and young people, are extremely high. YMCA Yambio is planning to provide emergency support to 2,500 people taking refuge in three locations in Yambio town: Hai Soudia, Makpandu, and Hai Malekiah.
Continued violence in the northeast of Sri Lanka has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, including children, and displaced thousands more.
Exactly one month after the escalation of violence in the Middle East, the full extent of the damage to human lives, infrastructure, economy, and livelihoods is becoming painfully clear. Isa Saba, General Secretary of Gaza YMCA, told the World Alliance that "the halt in the fighting has given people an opportunity to assess how much they have lost...those who tried to go back to their homes did not even recognise the streets they were in and on seeing their houses destroyed went back to the schools where they took refuge during the 20 days of bombing." Shortages in food, …
From October 27 - November 2, Timotheus Kamaboakai, Young Professional at the World Alliance of YMCAs, was part of a delegation of the World Council of Churches to Uganda.
The violence in Georgia may have subsided, but the impact of this devastating conflict will be felt for a long time; 80,000 civilians have been displaced in Georgia alone.
Georgia YMCA reacted quickly in the immediate aftermath of the conflict, delivering food, clothes and hygienic items to over 2000 refugees in Tbilisi.
An estimated 200,000 civilians have been displaced by the devastating conflict in Georgia. The YMCA of Tbilisi is acting swiftly to respond to the most urgent needs of the local population.
YMCA Tbilisi reports that it has been difficult to coordinate with those in charge of supplying aid.