Haiti: The American Red Cross is working to build resilience in Haiti through the use of Community Engagement and Accountability or CEA. The community engagement aspect means providing communities with information, involving them with programs in which they are able to participate and have their wants and needs listened to. The accountability aspect of the program ensures that the Red Cross will be held accountable and follow through with its commitment.Read More
Hurricane Matthew: Due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the Bahamas Red Cross is attending to the need of storm hit communities by dispatching emergency response teams to provide aid. The Red Cross attempted to evacuate communities before the storm hit and relocate them to shelters to avoid the dangers of flooding and landslides. Those who were not evacuated will need emergency assistance.Read More
World Humanitarian Summit: From May 23 to May 24 in Istanbul, Turkey, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon initiated the first World Humanitarian Summit. The summit was convened at a time period when “protracted conflict, instability, and forced displacement are the defining features of the global landscape,” and when the growth of financial needs for these crises increases significantly. The summit thus urged world leaders, organizations, and others to take more actions to aid those needs as well as to prevent further human suffering.Read More
With the holiday season upon us and as we observe International Migrants Day, I can’t help but reminisce on my family's first few Christmases here in the United States. Having migrated from Mexico, coming to a new country brought many unexpected difficulties. My second Christmas here is especially memorable for me, but not for all the joyous reasons Christmas is expected to have.
Unable to travel and visit family back home, we had gathered together with friends who had also immigrated to the United States from Mexico. My parents had prepared everything, from the food to the Christmas tree, to places for all our guest to sleep. But with an unpredicted twist, we awoke from a joyous Christmas Eve to a Christmas nightmare.Read More