Resilience

Helping tribal groups fight climate change and drought in Namibia

©IFRC/HannaButler - Children wait outside a  Namibia Red Cross soup kitchen

©IFRC/HannaButler – Children wait outside a Namibia Red Cross soup kitchen

Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa and is increasingly suffering from droughts. 

The north of the country is home to a number of disparate tribal groups. Some depend on crops for their livelihoods, others on cattle farming. 

The Red Cross is working with these communities to help prepare them for natural disasters by providing them with relevant training and cash grants while they recover from the effects of drought. 

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Growing incomes: A vital defence against cyclones in Bangladesh

Bangladesh V2R livelihoodsAs well as threatening lives and homes, cyclones can wipe out people’s incomes. And with no way of earning money, those affected will struggle to rebuild their lives after the wind and waves die away.

That’s why protecting incomes – and even finding new ways of making a living – are key parts of a Bangladesh Red Crescent programme helping about 60,000 people prepare from and recover from cyclones. More

TV star brings earthquake safety message to streets of Kathmandu

© Matthew Percival/BRC

© Matthew Percival/BRC

In a small town square in the Kathmandu Valley, a powerful theatre performance is spreading life-saving information – with the help of a little star power.

The play is called Let’s Live Ourselves and uses drama and comedy to pass on simple messages about preparing for earthquakes. It’s funded by the Nepal Red Cross and features Surbir Pandit, one of Nepal’s top television actors.

Street theatre is a great of way of getting vital information to people who might otherwise miss out on it. And it can have a huge emotional impact – the play brings tears from one audience member. More

World Water Day – Red Cross helping millions of people

A child drinking from a cup

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For most of us in the UK, the journey to get clean water involves walking across the room and turning on a tap. So the idea of having to walk for three hours to get clean water is unimaginable.

But for millions of people across the world, access to safe water is still a struggle. As of 2011, an estimated 768 million people worldwide lacked access to safe water.

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How do you help a stab victim?

Knife crime is a deadly serious issue for young people – who accounted for over a third of all UK casualties last year. That’s why our new short films will be a big help.

It only takes seconds to stab someone, and just minutes to bleed to death.

That’s perhaps the worst thing about knife injuries: the speed at which everything happens.

Anyone who’s been stabbed needs to be treated immediately – it’s literally a life or death matter. But all too often bystanders don’t know what they should do, and so lives are lost. More

Empowering women to save lives in Sierra Leone

Moyamba Red Cross branch mothers' club volunteers in a backyard garden - ©IFRC/Greg RødlandBuick

Moyamba Red Cross branch mothers’ club volunteers in a backyard garden – ©IFRC/Greg RødlandBuick

Child birth in Sierra Leone is a risky affair – one in 23 women die as a result of pregnancy-related causes. 

The West Africa nation has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world and women also suffer from having a low social and economic status.

It’s within this context that the Sierra Leone Red Cross, with support from the British Red Cross, is working with men and women to promote maternal and child health, as well as disease prevention and treatment.    More

One brick at a time, teen’s Lego film is a huge success

Picture of Morgan Spence in his bedroom

Morgan Spence, who created our Disaster Island Lego film – ©BritishRedCross

At the age of just 14, Morgan Spence has already crafted himself an enviable reputation in the world of film animation.

The creator of our Lego Disaster Island film, the young Scot has been producing stop-motion animations since 2011.

In that time, his films have racked up more than 1.8 million views on YouTube, while he has also produced a music video for renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold.  More