Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weekly Worldwide Wrap-up

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Wondering what has been happening around the world with the Red Cross and Red Crescents? Well, thanks to Kate Swartz, an amazing Red Cross/Blog Master from the Oregon Trail Chapter, you can find out! Below, she's compiled a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of the work we do internationally

PAKISTAN: In response to some of the worst floods on record, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) deployed volunteers trained to operate water treatment plants, pump accumulated water, and turn it into safe drinkable water. They have so far reached over 127,000 people with 638,700 litres of safe drinking water. Over 39,000 water purification tablets or sachets have been distributed to more than 6,200 people.

PHILIPPINES: Two years after two typhoons devastated the island of Luzon, the IFRC and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has ensured that more than 3,500 displaced individuals have homes. The PRC has installed 21 communal water supply points, and constructed or rehabilitated water and sanitation facilities for 30 schools that were affected by the typhoons.

NEPALRed Cross National Societies from three countries have joined emergency relief efforts to bring aid and medical care to the survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck the Himalayan region bordering north India and Nepal on September 18.

TUNISIA: The ICRC is helping to meet the needs of people fleeing the conflict in Libya and of the local population. Work is under way that will result in a considerable increase in the volume of water supplied to some 100,000 people.


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