Category: Resilience

Nepal floods: mothers with a mission

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Photograph of Padma, leader of the flood committee

Padma

Padma could have kept quiet. Many women in her small community in Nepal do.

Fair enough – they are usually working very hard. Their husbands mostly live abroad to earn extra money so they have sole responsibility for their children, livestock and homes.

Many also work on tea plantations, earning as little as £1.20 a day for their labour – less than the cost of a mother’s day card in the UK.

Padma makes ends meet for herself, her son and daughter by raising two goats, two cows and seven chickens on a small piece of land.

But she spoke up because, on top of all of this, her home and land are threatened by regular flooding. So are most houses in her village, which lies in a flood plain near the Mechi River in Nepal’s Terai region.

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Q&A: What you need to know about El Niño

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p-PHL2894You may have heard about El Niño in the news recently.

It’s been claimed that this global weather phenomenon could lead to a prolonged freezing winter in the UK – more sensationalist headlines than fact.

It’s also been reported that El Niño could have been behind Hurricane Patricia – the biggest storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere – that hit Mexico at the weekend.

One thing is for sure. An El Niño event is well underway and it could have significant repercussions for communities across the world, particularly those in developing countries.

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When a huge earthquake hit Nepal, our planning paid off

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Nepal-Red-Cross-helps-older-woman-BLOGIn 2012 the Red Cross began a programme to get people in and around Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, ready for disasters.

It’s part of a country-wide initiative bringing together the Red Cross, the UN, the country’s government, and other organisations.

The wisdom of planning for the worst became horribly clear six months ago, when a huge earthquake struck Nepal. More

Cyclone Pam: volunteers on the front line

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The amount of destruction caused by Cyclone Pam, which hit a string of Pacific islands last weekend, is still unknown. But we do know the disaster has left people in its path dead or injured, and many thousands homeless.

Aid workers from around the world have been racing to the countries affected, including Vanuatu, in the wake of the disaster.

But one team was in action before the cyclone had even arrived. More

Helping tribal groups fight climate change and drought in Namibia

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©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

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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