Message of Hope from Kathmandu

Finally, came back to my workstation after few stressful days. The earthquake last Saturday drained everyone to the core. I spent three nights under the open sky with my family and community, and we were constantly hit by strong aftershocks.

It was hard to believe that this had happened – that we had lost our centuries-old heritage, our identity. I was crying with my family as memories of us roaming around the old city came flashing back. However, as hard it was living in that trauma of 72 hours, it made me realize how everyone who survived that disaster was given a chance.

A Picture of Nepal: The Land, the People, the Response

As a Program Officer at the American Red Cross, I understand the devastating impact disasters have on people and the immense effort it takes to implement a successful humanitarian intervention. In my role, I am responsible for South Asia, which includes some of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. In fact, my first trip to Nepal was unforgettable, not because I was traversing its idyllic countryside, but because I was seized by an absolutely paralytic fear of being in an earthquake (something hard for a California native to admit).

“Typical Kathmandu”

InterAction and USAID/OFDA Launch Shelter and Settlements E-learning Course

Currently, one sixth of the world’s population lives in unsuitable, unsanitary, and disaster-prone settlements; this ratio is projected to increase to one in four by 2030. Rapid urbanizations, displacements due to ongoing crises, and an increasing strength of disasters continue to deplete people’s coping capacity in general, and with housing issues in particular.

New Goals for Reducing Disaster Risks

A focus on health, a larger role for women and a look forward to the Sustainable Development Goals

AmeriCares gathered with 40,000 people in Sendai, Japan, last month for the United Nations’ Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The goal of this high-level international meeting and public forum was to agree on a framework to significantly decrease death and destruction from earthquakes, extreme weather, and man-made and other hazards by 2030.

2014 FedEx Global Citizenship Report – Moving Possibilities

FedEx Global Citizenship is about connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully.

Our seventh-annual Global Citizenship Report will be released on April 2nd. It’s titled Moving Possibilities because it focuses upon our efforts to align business goals with citizenship objectives.

Are You MAD For Gender Equality?

Across the globe, people are MAD for gender equality. In this instance, they are Making A Difference and taking a stand to support equal rights for women and girls.

Violence at the Workplace: ‘They Treated Us Like Slaves'

Gender-based violence on the job occurs far more often than most people realize, and domestic workers – isolated in individual homes – are especially vulnerable to abuse, said domestic workers, union organizers and experts yesterday at a panel discussion focusing on women and violence at work.

“They treated us like slaves,” said May Joy Guarizo Salapare, describing her experience as a domestic worker for a family in Saudi Arabia.

Education is the best hope for the future of Syrian children

Every number has a name

This week the conflict in Syria will enter its fifth year, and at times the numbers are overwhelming. More than 6.6 million children have been affected. Over 1.6 million have fled Syria, and another 7.6 million are displaced within the country. After working in development for 25 years, I can’t help but think of each of these numbers as a name – a child with hopes and dreams for their future.

Global Food Security 101

InterAction, along with a broad group of NGOs and other stakeholders, is continuing to work with Congress and the administration to ensure final passage of the Global Food Security Act. This legislation would continue the momentum of the Feed the Future Initiative to help families and farmers build the foundations for more independent and prosperous lives.

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