Lava, ash and mudflows spewed in to communities for several days after the initial eruption of Fuego Volcano. More than one month later, Red Cross teams are still providing aid and comfort to survivors in the Guatemala City area.
The more than 1,600 volunteers on the ground “are exhausted, but their resolve is unwavering,” said Francesca Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He added, “These families are our priority”.
Understanding the impact
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.
More than 625,000 people are grappling with severe flooding in northern Peru, as heavy rain continues to fall. The flooding is the result of record downpours that have engorged rivers, triggered landslides and washed away people, crops and buildings.
More than 2.5 million people in Kenya are being impacted by severe drought conditions, which have gripped much of the country. As families deal with the effects of the drought—food insecurity being a principal one—Red Cross teams are stepping up efforts in the east African nation. American Red Cross has contributed $500,000 to meet the immediate needs of families affected by this emergency.
January 10, 2017
When a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, much of the country’s healthcare capacity and infrastructure was destroyed. But over the course of the past seven years, Haiti has made significant strides in rebuilding and expanding its medical capacity, thanks in part to funding from the American Red Cross.
January 06, 2017
No matter how a flood starts, its consequences are equally dangerous to the people in its path. Most floods are caused by heavy rainfall, storm surges, or insufficient drainage. In Iraq, the global Red Cross Red Crescent network is preparing residents for another type of flood: one resulting from possible collapse of the Mosul dam.
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.
Families who raise and grow their own food depend on favorable weather conditions to get them through the growing season. Too much rainfall means crops can be washed away. Too little means a lack of nutrients for plants and animals.
When a rainfall shortage struck the Sahel region of Senegal, farmers and families who depend on their own production found themselves in a very tough spot. Seasonal floods at the end of 2015 made the situation even more difficult. This scarcity left many people hungry, malnourished, and out of options.
American Red Cross Issues Two-Year Report on Typhoon Haiyan
The American Red Cross today released a two-year report on its work in the Philippines and how donations have helped families recover and rebuild following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
The report can be found here.
For the past two years, the American Red Cross has been on the ground in the Philippines, helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors to rebuild their communities, reclaim their livelihoods, restore infrastructure, and move forward from the strongest storm ever recorded in that country.