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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. 

Sharing water emergencies training with Caribbean societies

​In a country surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Cuban Red Cross understands the importance of being prepared for water emergencies, especially as a first responder. Through the CERA (Capacity Building for Emergency Response) Initiative, a Cuban Red Cross expert in water rescue has led trainings for two sister island nations: Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Better communications means improved life-saving operations amidst civil unrest in Nicaragua

Since April, civil unrest has rocked Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan Red Cross is on the ground, providing assistance that is putting recent training to use. 

Three years after the earthquake, the Red Cross remains on the ground in Nepal

Three years after a massive earthquake hit Nepal, the Canadian Red Cross remains on the ground with a focus on improving health in communities that were impacted by the disaster. See their work in action. 

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