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Postcard from the Houston Floods: Cruz Roja Mexicana is Here!

Cruz Roja Mexicana is in the house! Since Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross has become a close partner with its sister society from Mexico. While separate organizations, the two nonprofits are part of an international federation that offers mutual support and aid. As Houston residents reel from the third major flood in less than a […]

Two Ways Technology Helps Red Cross Earthquake Response

American Red Cross disaster relief has taken on many forms since our inception in 1881, when Clara Barton dispatched two men to help distribute relief goods and cash for victims of a Michigan forest fire. Fast forward more than 130 years, and we’re still using whatever means necessary to provide support and relief to disaster victims, sometimes even to disasters […]

Life in Tanzania Refugee Camps

Refugee camps are realities hard to describe, especially to people who have never been to one. I just spent nearly a month in two of them—the Nyarugusu and Mtendeli refugee camps in Western Tanzania—yet often find myself struggling for words when friends ask me what it’s like. I was there for exactly that purpose, however. […]

Red Cross Reconnects Sisters Separated for 72 Years

Story by Krista Schilling, American Red Cross Regional International Services Program Manager, Seattle, Washington Marta Kruk Lysnewycz was born in Hai, in the Chernigovskaya region of Ukraine in 1926. After surviving Stalin’s genocide of the Ukrainian people known as Holodomor or “death by starvation” during 1932 and 1933, Marta was taken to a forced labor camp in Hitler’s […]

International Women’s Day: Fe’s Story

Happy International Women’s Day! Jenelle Eli has traveled to the Philippines with the Red Cross multiple times to help with Typhoon Haiyan recovery. She sat down with us to share the story of typhoon survivor Fe Potente. Potente’s home in the Philippines was built by local workers with funds from the American Red Cross. Elevated from the ground, […]

Migration & Measles Prevention

Story by Carmela Burke, American Red Cross Volunteer, Los Angeles, California Migrants’ stories and photos appear above the newspaper fold line.  Images dominate traditional and social media which draw attention to their harrowing journeys through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Rand Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson cites a staggering statistic from the United Nations Refugee […]

In Big Ways and Small, Haiti Continues to Recover

This post was written by Jenelle Eli, a member of American Red Cross’s international communications team, who travels often to Haiti.   Each time I travel to Haiti, I’m amazed by the progress that has been made in between my trips. What was a school under construction this summer was handed over in autumn to the […]

On the Ground in Nepal and the Philippines

This post was written in September 2015 by Niki Clark, a member of the American Red Cross’s international communications team who was deployed to Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April. I am boarding a plane to Tacloban—a city on the island of Leyte, in the Philippines. It’s one of […]

International Collaboration Key to Disaster Response

Written by Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Red Cross As I write this blog, our thoughts are with the people of Mexico and our partners at the Mexican Red Cross: Cruz Roja Mexicana.  Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, is forecast to make landfall in Mexico […]

How Fire Sensors are Making a Difference in Kenyan, South African Communities

This post was written by Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Project, American Red Cross. Earlier this year, we extended the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign overseas. And given this month’s focus on fire prevention, we wanted to update you on our progress. This July, we announced partnerships with two sensor manufacturers—Lumkani and […]