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Capturing the Hearts of American Teens with International Humanitarian Law

I think I may be turning into an IHL nerd (Does that exist? Like a band nerd?). I just got an e-book copy of the Geneva conventions. Soren, IHL Action Campaign Participant and New Roots Charter School Student via Facebook In a world of ever-decreasing attention spans and instant connectivity, it takes something special to [...]

How Do You Prepare for Hurricanes…in Haiti?

You might know how to prepare for a hurricane in the United States, but have you ever wondered how countries like Haiti prepare? The 2014 hurricane season is here, and with the help of the American Red Cross, Haitians are cleaning ravines to prevent flooding, discussing evacuation routes, and testing their storm sirens. The people in [...]

Learning that Even Wars Have Limits

Some created Monopoly-style board games. Others held highly-attended flash mobs on their college campus. Still others role-played as soldiers, civilians, prisoners and humanitarian workers in the simulation game Raid Cross. But no matter the style or approach, the more than 300 students participating in this year’s International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Action Campaign had an eye-opening [...]

One Red Cross to Reunite Them All

For anyone that has ever traveled, you know each country offers something unique, something that makes it stand out from other places. Which is why people travel. It’s an awesome thing to experience new foods, cultures and customs.  Countries—and even cities–look/taste/smell/feel a little bit different as you move place to place. The global Red Cross [...]

Part of the Puzzle – Our International Movement

Today is world Red Cross/Red Crescent Day – here’s kind of a cheesy – but effective – way to look at the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement: Technically, the movement is comprised of more than 150 “societies” around the world – the American Red Cross being one of them. We’re all pieces of a larger puzzle [...]

The Volunteers Reconnecting Families

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, I am reminded that the work of American Red Cross volunteers never does. For our Restoring Family Links volunteers, the impact of their time and efforts literally brings families back together. This process can take months, sometimes even years. Sometimes, volunteers are like Thu-Thuy Truong or Manyang [...]

Digital Mapping Volunteers Save Lives from the Comfort of their Homes

It’s National Volunteer Week – the time of year when we all put extra effort into recognizing the generous people who make the world a better place. This is the week to high-five that front desk volunteer at the blood donation center; fist bump a crossing guard; and flash those pearly whites at families working [...]

Your Role in Helping Refugees Worldwide

This past weekend, over 500 students participated in a simulation that allowed them to have a taste of what life is like for millions of refugees worldwide. For six hours, they dealt with rebel troops interrogating them and confiscating possessions, building makeshift tents, and looking for medical and humanitarian aid from agencies in the area [...]

Coastal Towns Prep Tourists for Tsunami Threats

Editor’s note: Jenelle Eli traveled last week to coastal Ecuador, where the American Red Cross prepares communities for emergencies and disasters.   Familiar phrases every person hears before going on a trip: Call me when you land. Don’t walk by yourself at night. Please just be careful. Whether I’m traveling for work or hitting the [...]

“Heads Together” in Haiti

This post was written by Jonathan Garro, an Information Analyst for the American Red Cross who traveled to Haiti in mid-March.   My first visit to Haiti came four years after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and forced more than 1.5 million people into camps. Of course I’d heard much about [...]