Typhoon volunteers tell their stories

Philippines Red Cross volunteers are using an innovative mobile phone app to help thousands of people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, by collecting vital data about the impact of the disaster.

We asked the volunteers to describe their experiences, inspiration and hopes for the future.

What conditions are the people affected by the typhoon living in?

“Sad and heartbreaking conditions. Some of the stories I hear really get to me, especially when I interview elderly people. They act like nothing’s happened but their situation is really sad. It’s really hard to look at the makeshift houses as they’re so cramped. The walls are tin, the roof is collapsed.”
Daniel Uytiepo Amane, 19, from Ilo Ilo City

“They don’t have easy access to medicines, hospitals. They are frequently affected by drought and other seasonal shocks. The weather is unpredictable, which also affects them”
Mark Uytiepo Amane, 23, Ilo Ilo City

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Haiti earthquake: Red Cross reconstruction brings new beginning

Construction work


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. 


Syrian refugees in Lebanon: the neighbour carrying a huge burden

A crowd is given boxes by men in red jackets

© Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

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

Video: building healthy futures in Sierra Leone

Poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water mean communities in Sierra Leone are vulnerable to preventable diseases.

Nestled between Guinea and Liberia, the West Africa nation also has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world: an estimated one in 23 women will die from pregnancy-related causes.

This video, produced by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, explains how the Red Cross is working with communities to save lives.


Picking up the pieces from South Sudan: one man’s hopes for his family

Philip Alier Achiek and his family fled South Sudan -  ©IFRC/Rose&Sjölander

Philip Alier Achiek and his family fled South Sudan – ©IFRC/Rose&Sjölander

Philip Alier Achiek gazes at the sun as it rises over the Baratuku refugee camp in northern Uganda. His four children sit patiently on a mat as their mother prepares their breakfast of porridge on a cooking stove.

For two weeks now, their home has been a temporary shelter made from reeds and plastic sheeting.

When violence broke out in South Sudan in mid-December last year, Philip and his family fled on a motorcycle, not knowing where to go or how long they would be away.


Working amid conflict in Central African Republic – the life of a Red Cross aid worker

A Red Cross lorry with supplies piled up on the ground


“Every field trip we go on at the moment is incredibly tough. We’re seeing a lot of suffering and quite significant humanitarian needs.”  

British Red Cross delegate Nick Hamilton has just returned to base in Bangui, the capital of war-torn Central African Republic (CAR), where he is on a year’s secondment with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Months of unrest have left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and an estimated 2.5 million in need of aid.


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