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One year after the fires: a Fort McMurray family returns home

Christina and Chris MacKay stand in the kitchen of their new house in Fort McMurray. It’s nearly finished – the walls are painted, the cupboards are in – they are just awaiting the final touches.
Building a new house was never on the young family’s bucket list.

Aviva Canada employees proud of volunteer effort after Alberta Fires

A year ago, Aviva Canada employees and broker partners across the country who received training as Red Cross volunteers through their national Ready When the Time Comes partnership were called upon to help. The task: providing assistance to the thousands of people forced to evacuate Fort McMurray and the surrounding region as a result of wildfires.

In photos: Canadian Red Cross responds to spring flooding

Ongoing heavy rains resulted in flooding in many communities throughout the country, especially in Quebec. The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground to meet urgent needs of families affected by flooding.

Red Cross volunteers helping those affected by floods in Québec

Persistent, steady rains have put several communities in Québec at risk of flooding. Canadian Red Cross volunteers are providing disaster relief services in a number of areas, including accommodation and food. 

Useful tips and resources to prepare for flooding

Several provinces including Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia are on heightened alert for flooding as a result of high water levels that are putting several communities at risk.

Ethiopia: Red Cross volunteer walks hours to feed her drought-stricken family

Tadelech Gontena dreams of the day when she can again have fun. A single mother of five, she struggles under the weight of deciding where to dedicate her meagre resources during the ongoing drought in southern Ethiopia.

Africa drought: First rain of the year comes to Kindo Koysha

Martin de Vries, a Canadian Red Cross aid worker currently in Ethiopia as part of the Africa drought response, shares how the first rainfall of the year brings joy to a community, but doesn't mean the end of the drought.

A call close to home

April 25, 2015 was a day the world watched in shock at the devastating snapshots on TV of century-old monuments tumbling to the ground, homes collapsing amidst the dust and people looking for loved ones under the rubble. But for Bijay Bharati, a Nepali-Canadian, it was his worst nightmare. His wife and children were staying in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Working with the Canadian Red Cross as a Health Delegate in South Sudan, Bijay watched the news unfold.

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