Hurricane Otto slammed into Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama late last week, damaging homes, roads and bridges and forcing people to leave their homes. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is supporting relief efforts led by the national Red Cross societies in the affected countries along with support and coordination from the American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Italian Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — October 21, 2016 — More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew began its path of destruction, the American Red Cross has served more than a million meals and snacks, and provided 97,000 overnight shelter stays to people in need, prompting the charity to issue a call for the public’s help.
A week after Hurricane Matthew made landfall, the American Red Cross continues to work with local and international partners in Haiti to mobilize and deliver critical relief.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti who’ve been so tragically impacted by disaster once again,” said Lesley Schaffer, Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, American Red Cross. “Our most pressing concerns on the ground right now are shelter, clean water, sanitation and stemming the spread of cholera.”
Typhoon Meranti is sweeping across the Pacific and the Red Cross in Taiwan and Chinese Red Cross are responding.
The typhoon, with strong winds and heavy rain, is considered the strongest storm since 2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines.
With support from the American Red Cross, Global Communities with its partner Build Change are implementing the $18.8 million Lavi Miyo Nan Katye pa’m Nan (LAMIKA) program over 37 months. LAMIKA is an urban integrated neighborhood reconstruction and recovery program being implemented in Carrefour-Feuilles, a poor residential neighborhood in Port-au-Prince which sustained extensive damage from the 2010 earthquake.
Look at Bisnu Maya Rumba’s hands and there’s no doubt she’s a farmer. Talk to her about the potatoes she grows and you’ll know why she’s passionate about growing food.
“Our seed potatoes are the best because of our cool temperatures and because we don’t use pesticides. Potatoes are the most delicious here,” she states proudly.
Moses Fugwe, 26, is on his phone more than an average teenager. Small framed and bright eyed, his incessantly-ringing phone is almost an extension of his ear. But he is not playing games or texting friends. Fugwe is saving lives.
Moses Fugwe coordinates ambulance services for the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. With only two ambulances - in reality are old Land Rovers stickered with a cross - servicing the entire camp, it is not the small fleet that makes life busy. It is the overwhelming need.
From the winding mountain road, silver flashes in the sharp winter sun. It is reflecting off the new corrugated iron that roofs almost every building in this part of Nuwakot district, five hours’ drive from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
One of these houses belongs to Januka Tamang. After losing everything in the April 2015 earthquake, she now shares a corrugated iron shed with her daughter, 6, and son, 12. Her husband—like many men here—works overseas to support his family. She last saw him 18 months ago.
In most parts of the world, entrepreneurs depend on access to capital for starting and growing their businesses. The same rings true in Haiti, where many families lost their businesses and way of earning income during the 2010 earthquake. In order to help people reestablish their livelihoods, the American Red Cross has invested in savings and loan associations across Carrefour-Feuilles—an area still rebuilding from the disaster.