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Training the next generation of Red Cross leaders

Participants crouch down in groups on the ground of a hotel in Ottawa with dried spaghetti sticks and marshmallows. The aim of the team-building exercise is to work together to come up with a way to create the highest structure topped by a marshmallow. The exercise is part of a training of future Red Cross Operations Managers.

Clean water keeps communities safe after flooding

Canadian Red Cross aid worker, Nicole Robicheau, shares the story of Jacinto Martinez Mendez who was impacted by floods in Costa Rica - and how the Red Cross helped. 

​Distributing relief in hard to reach communities in Nepal

At around eight in the morning on a dry Thursday morning during monsoon season, a big Red Cross truck full of relief supplies shows up in front of the local school in the community of Kalikasthan.  Volunteers start unloading hygiene kits, blankets, kitchen sets and tarpaulins.

Photo of the day: helping two sisters return to school in Nepal

Two sisters, 12 and 6 years old, used to come by the child friendly play space at the Canadian Red Cross field hospital every day. It was set up in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, in the community of Dhunche. One day, the older sister opened up to the Canadian Red Cross aid worker providing psychosocial support and told her their story.  Her family was experiencing issues that affected the two sisters and the girls hadn't been to school for at least a year. 

​Keeping communities healthy after the earthquake in Nepal

Eight colourfully dressed Tamang women sit in the community health post in Goljung in Rasua district, high in the Himalayas of Nepal. They’re the local community health volunteers and they usually take care of 10 to 15 patients a day in the remote community of 1,000. Today they’ve gathered around to meet the Canadian Red Cross health team.

Drought in Honduras affects hard to reach communities

I’ll admit it. I’m not much of a hiker. If I had to choose, I would pick reading a book on the beach to hiking mountains any day. But I just came back from hiking through the mountains for seven hours in Honduras and even though my legs are sore, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.

Dispatch from the Balkan Floods

While packing my bags to come to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d seen pictures of the devastating floods on TV. But it’s one thing to see something on TV, and something else entirely to be standing in the middle of it.

Russian visitor caught in Alberta floods gets Red Cross help

Natalia Parshutkina was staying with a friend in Calgary's East Village neighbourhood when the flood hit. She works for a Canadian company in Russia and was in Calgary for a mixture of business and pleasure. Luckily her friend lives on the ninth floo...

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