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Giving back to his community soon after arriving

Even before he left Iran, 22-year-old Mohammad H. Asadi Lari knew he wanted to volunteer with the Red Cross.
“I applied to volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross three or four months after I moved to Canada,” Mohammad said. “I’ve always been the sort of person who has wanted to in some capacity or another, participate in community activities, help out. Where I can learn, where can I help, where can I make an impact and where can I really develop. The [Canadian Red Cross] has been all of that.”

What I wish I had known: Advice for new volunteers

A note to new or aspiring volunteers: “I know this volunteer position will be one of the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. To help a fellow citizen in a time of disaster will make you feel unbelievably great.”

Everyone Counts: new report on Red Cross and Red Crescent activities worldwide

Where in the world did people receive help from the Movement in 2016? A new report published by IFRC can tell you exactly where. The report gathers data from 190 National Societies worldwide, and offers insights into humanitarian and societal trends such as spontaneous volunteering; how volunteer numbers rise and then stabilize following a major disaster, and how indicators are affected by sociodemographic factors such as population size and the Human Development Index.

How access to clean water is protecting and empowering rural women in South Sudan

Amid swirling dust clouds and gnarly thorn bushes in the dry, arid landscape of northern South Sudan, a water point is enveloped with women’s laughter. A group of women catch up during their morning errand to collect nearby water. It hasn’t always been like this in Pacyic village. Before the water point was rehabilitated by the Red Cross, women and girls would trek more than two hours by foot to the river side three times a day, often risking their safety and security for a few litres of water.

10 inspiring women who made a difference

For International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re bringing together a collection of stories depicting remarkable women who have made a contribution to Red Cross efforts whether through international aid, volunteering with us or putting our programs, such as bullying and violence prevention, into action.

From CFL player to bullying prevention advocate: Meet Luc Mullinder

Saskatchewan Roughrider players have been spending their off-seasons teaching kids how to prevent bullying since 2009. The partnership between the Roughriders and the Canadian Red Cross started with Luc Mullinder and Weston Dressler, and has since grown to involve other former and current players.

What to do if you witness bullying

We started this series to provide more information on what to do in common emergencies – such as what to do if someone is experiencing a panic attack, or if someone were having a stroke. In this post, we take a look at what to do if you witness bullying.

Protecting children from violence through education in Sri Lanka

After a devastating tsunami in 2004, survivors had many needs – one that emerged in Sri Lanka was the need for child protection.

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