Hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict and political instability in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many times, one of the only items they carry with them, their only safety net, is their phone. Phones provide access to information and connection to loved ones. Learn just how important these phones can be by watching the following video (best viewed from a mobile device).Read More
In September 2015, the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Red Cross received a call from Linda*, asking for assistance to find her mother Anna’s missing brother in Germany. Anna fled East Germany as a young adult during the Cold War in the mid-1950s. She married an American and they settled in the United States. Anna’s last contact with her family in East Germany was in the mid-1960s by telephone when she was advised to no longer call. Anna is now experiencing early signs of dementia, and wished to find and visit with her brother Emmett before her health deteriorated further.Read More
Since 48-year-old Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago, she has struggled to provide for herself and her teenage daughter. Over the years, she has undergone surgery and chemotherapy that forced her into early retirement.
Single mum Helena receives 296 Euros (315 Swiss francs) a month in pension and child benefit, leaving her with little to cover costs beyond housing.
“I pay 231 euro (246 Swiss francs) a month for rent,” she said. “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay for the rest of the bills and all the medication I need”
The Lisbon branch of the Portuguese Red Cross offered Helena legal support through the process to prove the paternity of her child. As a result, her 15-year-old-daughter established contact with her father and started receiving a monthly child allowance of 100 euro (106 Swiss francs). The Red Cross also provided Helena with toiletries, a fridge and a pair of prescription glasses she could not otherwise afford.Read More
Portugal: A program set up by the Portuguese Red Cross has helped a single mother diagnosed with cancer. Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago which has caused her to retire early. Mateus said “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay the rest of the bills and all the medication I need.” Mateus not only has to provide for herself but her teenage daughter.Read More
The Restoring family links works with families to ensure that separated family members are able to reconnect with their loved ones. We have been successful in connecting families since the end of WW2. Currently, we are working with Syrian families that have fled the conflict, and are looking to connect to loved ones abroad or in Syria.
One of our success stories is when Mohammed was separated from his family for 11 days after fleeing the conflict to get to Bulgaria.
We also work to provide individuals with psychological support, to help children affected by war. For example, our Turkish Red Cross is currently working with Maria Huseyin’s son Ayham, who is unable to speak.Read More