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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”

Remix your Role in Tackling Social Problems

Let’s be honest—the business-in-society space is filled with events big and small. Professionals working in development, sustainability, CSR, and related fields could hopscotch to a different conference every week. So why choose the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit? What’s different about this event? Here are the top five reasons to come to the Conrad New York this May 12-13—all ways in which you can jump-start a smarter strategy for your organization’s role in society:

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.

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.

Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives Worldwide

The unfolding outbreak of measles across the country has focused attention on whether parents should get their children vaccinated against measles and other diseases. This is a question the Red Cross answers approximately 100 million times a year around the world with life-saving vaccinations.

Turning the tables for better health care in Haiti

Imagine traveling for hours to meet with your doctor. You arrive at the office, exhausted from your journey, only to hear that your doctor is not in. 

Or imagine you are pregnant with your first child and you receive regular visits from a community health worker. When she submits the data from the visit to the nurse at the closest facility, the nurse only copies down half of the information, or has even lost your medical records by the time you arrive to deliver your child. 

This happens too often in Haiti. 

Three key reasons why Ebola is also a food security crisis

“Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Build it and they will come? Yes, with creativity, evidence, and cross-sector coordination.

In many remote regions around the world, it is extremely difficult for women in labor to reach a hospital or a clinic, causing risks to their lives and the lives of their babies. The important role mobility plays in health in the developing world is well documented. In India, the convening of key stakeholders across many government sectors was critical to galvanize a statewide, lifesaving ambulance service. 

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