Capacity Building

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How the Red Cross helps to protect and build communities after a disaster

In 2019, Hurricane Dorian destroyed the homes of some 70,000 people in the Bahamas. Learn how a Red Cross humanitarian worker helped those in some of the most vulnerable situations rebuild using an innovative and empowering approach.

Partnerships and preparedness: Philippine Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross over the years

The Philippine and Canadian Red Cross have a strong relationship that began in 2013 when responding to typhoon Haiyan. Nearly 10 years later, the partnership has been strengthened resulting in positive impacts on both sides. Learn more about how this partnership came to be and the key to developing enduring international relationships.

COVID-19 testing strengthens the relationship between Canada and the Philippines

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as information began to flow into Canada about how serious this disease might become, Alberta Health Services started ramping up their testing capacity. Some 10,000 kilometres away in Southeast Asia, the Philippine Red Cross took notice.

Strengthening and healing in Indigenous communities

For Shelley Cardinal, working for Indigenous communities started when she was a child and learned of the abuse her father at residential school. The more she learned, the more she wanted her life work to contribute to addressing the harm done to Indigenous communities and help to build capacity and begin to move along the pathways of healing. 

Working in emergencies means accountability, engagement, trust and acceptance: Building capacity in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, volunteers are being trained as branch disaster response team members, to help build the Ethiopian Red Cross' capacity to respond to disasters and emergencies. A key part of this includes having impacted communities participate in all stages of the response - that way, the help being provided is the help that is the most needed. 

Inside the response to provide safe and dignified burials in the face of epidemics

Despite tremendous efforts from healthcare providers, death is a natural and expected part of epidemics. But because of the infectious nature of Ebola, this does leave a logistical issue – how do we bury the dead, someone’s loved one - in a way that is respectful but also protects against more people becoming ill?

The power of a phone call: How the Red Cross helps families reunite in Honduras

During times of chaos and upheaval it can be easy to lose contact with family members. The Restoring Family Links program aims  to prevent separation and disappearance, look for missing persons, restore and maintain contact between family members and clarify the fate of people considered as missing, as consequence of a disaster, conflict or migration.

Getting the experience needed to respond to disasters and emergencies

Read how Red Crossers are sharing experiences and knowledge with fellow aid workers through a "shadow deployment" program, that lets aid workers learn first hand about responding to disasters and emergencies. 

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