By: Sydney Morton, American Red Cross
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”.
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.
The approaching 2014 rainy season in Haiti and the Dominican Republic could mean an increase in the threat of waterborne illnesses such as cholera, and the American Red Cross continues its efforts fighting the disease in the region.
Additional $5 million is Latest Donation for Red Cross Work in the Philippines
The American Red Cross today committed an additional $5 million to support the global Red Cross response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, bringing the total to $11 million to date.
The $11 million in funding will be used to purchase and distribute relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, and mosquito nets and to provide cash grants for use when markets begin functioning normally.
The American Red Cross today announced an initial contribution of $6 million in support of the global Red Cross response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. These funds will be used to distribute relief items, repair and rebuild shelters, provide healthcare and ensure access to clean water and sanitation systems.
The Red Cross Response
Japan is an earthquake-prone country that was well prepared for disaster, with tsunami early warning systems and community disaster drills in place before the earthquake and tsunami struck. This foresight and investment in preparedness did, in fact, save hundreds of thousands of lives. However, the massive wave’s impact was greater than anything previously imagined, killing an estimated 19,000 people. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless and lives were changed forever.
Providing Critical Emergency Services and Shelter
Additional $3.6 million given to support Project Medishare program in Port-au-Prince
WASHINGTON, Friday, January 06, 2012 — The American Red Cross has committed an additional $3.6 million to underwrite operating expenses at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Critical Care Trauma and Rehabilitation Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This increases the total funding of the hospital to $8.6 million since the earthquake struck. The funding will support services until December 2012.
$5.5 million committed to facility built by Partners in Health and Haitian Ministry
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Friday, December 16, 2011 — Since 2009, massive, widespread drought has plagued the Horn of Africa region, bringing intense suffering to areas of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Djibouti and affecting more than 13 million people. Although seasonal rains have returned to the region, flooding and security issues hamper humanitarian operations in the region.
Friday, October 28, 2011 — The deadly earthquake in Turkey and devastating floods and landslides in Central America have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and Red Cross and Red Crescent workers are responding with emergency relief assistance. The American Red Cross is providing support to the relief efforts in both disasters.
By Francis Markus in Ishinomaki, Japan
Thursday, September 08, 2011 — In the six months since the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, donations to the American Red have helped the Japanese Red Cross meet the emergency and longer-term needs of families living in evacuation centers and temporary housing.
The American Red Cross has contributed nearly $260 million to Japan’s recovery since the March 11 disaster.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - The January earthquake not only left thousands of newly disabled Haitians without legs and arms, it also completely destroyed one of the most important rehabilitation clinics in Haiti designed to provide long-term specialized care. Currently there are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 amputees in need of professional care.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - The American Red Cross has increased its contribution by $100,000 to relief efforts in Mexico, where record rainfall has devastated the country's southern states, causing deadly landslides and leaving some areas under water. This contribution raises the total American Red Cross support for the flood response to $200,000.
The Mexican government has already declared a state of disaster in Veracruz. Officials estimate as many as 100,000 families have been affected, and as the rain and flooding continues, the damage may worsen in some already inundated areas.
WASHINGTON, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - The American Red Cross today announced it is allocating an additional $24.4 million for Haiti earthquake relief and recovery, increasing its total commitment to date to $106.4 million.
The Red Cross made its funding announcement the same day that Haitian President Rene Preval is visiting the White House to discuss the urgent need for more aid from the international community to help that island nation recover from the January 12th earthquake.
The latest allocation of funds by the American Red Cross includes $16.1 million to support the …
Commits Initial $50,000 to Chile Relief and Prepares for Tsunami in Hawaii
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