Category: Resilience

Photo gallery: teaching first aid to children in Syria conflict

Syrian boy listens during first aid training session in Aleppo

©SARC/ Hagop Vanesian

Here at the Red Cross, we see first aid as an essential skill that all children should learn. So much so that we’ve been campaigning to have it put on England’s national curriculum.

Of course, it goes without saying that when you teach children first aid you hope they’ll never need to use it. Nobody wants children to witness a nasty injury or to be hurt themselves. More

The hunger issue: Communities work together in Zimbabwe

Women water crops in community garden


Almost a billion people go hungry every day and 165 million children under five suffer from malnutrition – a startling fact when you consider there is enough food in the world to feed everyone.

In the lead up to the G8 summit, where eight of the world’s leaders will be discussing how to tackle hunger on a global scale, I have been looking at the British Red Cross’ response to this complex issue. Last week I focused on the link between HIV and hunger in Lesotho. This week I am looking at how communities are working together to overcome food insecurity in Zimbabwe. More

Ben’s Story: A life-saving volunteering adventure


British Red Cross volunteer Ben Moon is spending 10 weeks with the Paraguayan Red Cross, strengthening the organisation and help its volunteers and staff do more for people in crisis.

Ben, who normally uses his first aid and emergency response skills to help people in the UK, is one of nine volunteers from across Europe heading to the Paraguayan town of Encarnación as part of the Volunteers in Capacity Building Projects (VinCaB) scheme. Dozens of VinCaB volunteers from European Red Cross societies and other organisations are visiting countries across Latin America and the Balkans to work on humanitarian projects.

In Encarnación, their work includes setting up a group of Red Cross lifeguards in the town, teaching first aid and helping local organisations work together to deal with disasters and emergencies. Ben, an environmental consultant from Cardiff, has shared some highlights of the trip so far: More

Communities in Haiti take the lead

Red Cross staff member speaks to local community at a meeting

Red Cross staff member speaks to local community at a meeting
© Jethro Sereme/BRC

“Mwen kontan we w” – a simple yet touching Haitian saying that marks the start of the working day for British Red Cross staff, volunteers and community members in Haiti. It means “I’m happy to see you”, and with the Haiti recovery in its third year, this is one working relationship that couldn’t be more important. More

Investing in peace: the Red Cross supports communities in Kenya



Signatures on the Choose Peace campaign

Signatures on the Choose Peace campaign
©Kenya Red Cross

The recent elections in Kenya saw millions of people queuing for long hours to vote, highlighting their commitment to influence social and political change.

Sadly, this ballot paper has often come at a cost. Election campaigns in the past decade have seen violence, loss of life and thousands of people forced to leave their homes.

Recently the Kenya Red Cross, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and other donors, has been working with communities to encourage a peaceful election and to prepare for potential unrest and violence, which has featured so frequently in the past. More

What do a mobile cinema, wind-up radio and emergency response have in common?

Girl looking at mobile cinema poster

Girl looking at mobile cinema poster
© Sharon Reader/BRC

In the time it takes to send a text, the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 destroyed an entire city. In a high-tech world where we can find out about a global disaster minutes after it has happened, aid agencies are increasingly asking how they can use technology to communicate with those affected. More

Resilience starts at home

Live sketching was used to illustrate the discussions


This is a guest blog from Corinne Evans, head of UK operations communications.

When the Mongol army went into battle, they wore flowing robes of silk. Unlike European chainmail armour, which was easily pierced, the fine mesh of silk enfolded spinning arrows and protected the flesh beneath.

So said clinical psychologist Elie Godsi, one of the many inspiring speakers at the British Red Cross conference on resilience yesterday. More

Get your questions in for the resilience conference


 A plant growing through the cracks in a pavement


This is a guest post by Alison McNulty, a Senior Researcher at the British Red Cross.

The British Red Cross is set to hold a conference in London next month that will bring together experts from many fields to discuss the best ways of putting resilience into practice.

Now you have an opportunity to put your point across and help shape questions for our panel members on the big day itself.