Haiti earthquake: Red Cross reconstruction brings new beginning

Construction work

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Tucked away in a corner of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the community of Delmas 19 is still recovering from the effects of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The British Red Cross has been working in the neighbourhood to help rebuild lives ever since the devastating quake struck. Our work has gone through many phases and many challenges and it will soon be coming to an end. 

Over the coming months, I’m going to chart our progress through the final stage of our recovery programme – housing reconstruction. 

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True stories from WWI: The Crimson Field and hospital food

Hermione Norris, Oona Chaplin, Suranne Jones and other cast members on the set of BBC's The Crimson FieldTo accompany the BBC series The Crimson Field, we’re sharing some of the best First World War stories, letters and diaries from our archives. This week: sheep-brain soup, ‘egg flip’ and what happens when your cook can’t cook…

It reads like an extract from a TV script: “Clickety—click. Clickety—click. Clickety—click. In the circle of light a VAD [Red Cross volunteer] is frothing the white of an egg. Behind, in the ward, men badly gassed are panting away their lives. Over all the moon shines.”

It was actually written in 1918 by staff from a hospital in Etaples, France.

Sarah Phelps, the writer of The Crimson Field, said that this “tiny little description… went like a knife into my heart”. She loved it so much that she included the scene in episode two. More

UK floods inspire family challenge

Picture of Louise and Jasmine together

Louise and Jasmine will be doing the London Red Shoe Walk together – ©BritishRedCross

There is no finer way to celebrate your birthday than taking part in a Red Shoe Walk with your daughter.

That’s exactly what Louise Mullenger will be doing come May. The 34-year-old will be hitting the streets of London with her 12-year-old daughter Jasmine, who came up with the idea of fundraising for the British Red Cross after seeing the charity’s work during the recent UK floods. More

Bouncing back after a fall – Red Cross lends a hand

Hannah Murray with Red Cross support worker Jane Morrison

Hannah Murray with Red Cross support worker Jane Morrison – ©BritishRedCross

Red Cross Week 2014 is a great opportunity to fundraise for the British Red Cross so we can carry on helping people like Hannah Murray. Read how we helped her and Oscar the kitten… 

“I’ve just been in hospital – I can’t have any work done,” says 82-year-old Hannah Murray when an electrician arrives at her door. 

Hearing her becoming increasingly distressed, Jane Morrison, a visiting British Red Cross support worker, goes to the door to see if she can be of any help.  More

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: the neighbour carrying a huge burden

A crowd is given boxes by men in red jackets

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This month the number of Syrian refugees registered by the UN in Lebanon passed one million. Most Lebanese people will tell you the real number is much higher.

Syrians have been fleeing for three years, and not everyone registers their arrival. Some won’t register out of fear of reprisals if they return home. And some who arrived with money feel registering once their cash runs out would take away their last shreds of dignity and identity.

The Lebanese Red Cross is giving vital help, including food and blankets, to thousands of refugees. But even with this support, day-to-day life can be incredibly difficult. More

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