This Week in Restoring Family Links 4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links 4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

Ecuador: Ecuador is still reeling from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the coast on April 16, which has caused 655  deaths and about 4,600 critically injuries. both of which continue to climb as rescue crews search and pull people from the rubble. The capital of Quito did not report extensive damage, but six coastal provinces have been placed under a state of emergency. Much of these provinces' infrastructure is severely damaged, and thousands are still left stranded without reliable communication, aid supplies, or running water. The Ecuadorian government has deployed 10,000 armed forces members to these provinces to set up temporary shelters and hospitals. 

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Human+Kind: Yolanda's Story

Human+Kind: Yolanda's Story

"I was deported in 2010 on New Year’s Eve. My then-fiance and I had dropped off his aunt in Tecate, Mexico and were driving back across the border when we got detained. He was an American citizen but had forgotten his wallet at home. We were sent to a secondary inspection station and that is when I was told that my tourist visa had expired and that I would not be allowed to return home.

"I had lived in the United States for 17 years. I had worked as a manager in the fast food industry. I had a good job, a good income. We were living a good life. I am not sure if I hugged or kissed my daughter goodbye that day. I haven’t seen her now for more than 5 years.

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Volleyball Latino: Serving for Humanity

Volleyball Latino: Serving for Humanity

As part of the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming Region’s outreach to the ever growing Latino community, we have been putting in efforts towards innovative ways to become more accessible and involved with our communities. Recently, I became involved with Volleyball Latino as we started up a Red Cross team called the Humanitarian Servers. Volleyball Latino began in 2013 as a fun and interactive fundraising effort for the nonprofit Casa de Paz, which offers free short-term lodging, meals, visits, and transportation to individuals and families affected by migrant detention. 

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Sarajevo Hosts European Restoring Family Links Conference

Sarajevo Hosts European Restoring Family Links Conference

The annual European Restoring Family Links conference was this week in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and more than 100 representatives of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 40 countries around the world are attending the three-day conference, which was organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Restoring Family Links (RFL) is a term describing a range of activities aimed at preventing people from getting separated, restoring contact between family members and clarifying what has happened to people who have gone missing as a consequence of armed conflict, natural and man-made disasters and international migration. 

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How a Simple Phone Call Reduced Anxiety on Two Continents

How a Simple Phone Call Reduced Anxiety on Two Continents

Mrs. C is a gentle, quiet, positive woman who doesn't like to draw attention to herself. That’s why she agreed to share her story, but asked not to share her name and photo. That’s also why she didn't initially think to ask for help with a somewhat unusual need: help placing a call to Italy.

Mrs. C is petite, with dove grey hair and a soft, round, smiling face. Neatly coiffed and dressed in clean clothes that fit her small frame well, you wouldn't know at first glance that she was an evacuee who had spent the past 7 nights in a Red Cross shelter.

Mrs. C is one of the 130 seniors who were displaced from their apartments last week due to an apartment fire. She has been staying at the Red Cross shelter in Littleton since then. And while she quickly met her physical needs at the shelter through hot meals, fresh clothes, and help obtaining medications, she didn't know that the Red Cross could also help her with her other most pressing need. It wasn't a physical need, but it was just as important: she hadn't spoken with her family in over a week, and she was worried about their inability to reach her and that they would be anxious about her well being after such an extended period of silence.

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