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    Red Cross' from around the world have been lending aid to the residences of Nepal after the devastating earthquake that shook the nation. With a death toll of 7,700 and thousands more injured, this was the second most grueling disaster the world has seen in human memory, the first being the Tsunami of 2004.

    Originally posted by American Red Cross
    In Dhunche, the hospital is destroyed and patients are in tents outside. More patients are expected from remote villages in the area. The Canadian Red Cross, in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross and Hong Kong Red Cross, set up a field hospital to Dhunche. The road to the town is blocked so the equipment is carried in by helicopters from Kathmandu. Helicopters bring in supplies and staff, and take out the injured and the dead.
    Follow the link to read more.
    Red Cross workers from all over the world, including American Red Cross disaster specialists, are helping in Nepal after the devastating April 25 earthquake.
    Where there is an beginning, there is an end.
    Where there is an end, there is a new beginning.

  • #2
    That is so sad, and a really difficult situation to try to get aid to the people in need who are stranded. I hope they are able to clear roads efficiently so that people can get to those who need help and supplies without having to use helicopters. It's good that they have access to some, but helicopters are going to be pretty limited and busy with so much need.

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    • #3
      Many of the red cross workers have lost people and homes of their own, but they are still working hard to help the people of Nepal. That takes dedication. Here is the story on that.
      The global Red Cross network, led by the Nepal Red Cross and supported by the American Red Cross, has mounted an international response to provide emergency humanitarian assistance.
      Where there is an beginning, there is an end.
      Where there is an end, there is a new beginning.

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      • #4
        They are doing a remarkable work in there with a contribution too of $5 million.They are also providing remote mapping and information management support, with nearly 4,500 volunteers contributing to mapping Nepal.

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        • #5
          I have very high respect for the Red Cross. It is just sad that the local Red Cross here is connected to politics. I'm not saying that it is not doing its job albeit it is continuing its legacy in providing assistance to those in need especially in blood related problems. The head of the local Red Cross here is a politician, a defeated presidential candidate, former mayor, former senator. And what? It taints the image of the Red Cross so I wish those politicians would stay away from that organization.

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          • #6
            Red Cross specializes in blood. When my father needed blood transfusion, we went to the Red Cross for help. We were given the blood that we need but we owe them for that. It means we have to donate blood in the future or we get donors for blood to repay what was given us. Red Cross had saved countless of lives with their system and their assistance has no limits - no discrimination or prejudice.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Corzhens View Post
              Red Cross specializes in blood. When my father needed blood transfusion, we went to the Red Cross for help. We were given the blood that we need but we owe them for that. It means we have to donate blood in the future or we get donors for blood to repay what was given us. Red Cross had saved countless of lives with their system and their assistance has no limits - no discrimination or prejudice.
              Actually they specialize in Emergency Aid. Blood is a part of Emergency Aid. Here is a link to the history of the Red Cross, Clara Burton (an American nurse) was the one who created it based on a Swiss idea. It is an interesting story actually.
              Learn more about the history or the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross was established on May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
              Where there is an beginning, there is an end.
              Where there is an end, there is a new beginning.

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              • #8
                The world needs more societies like the American Red Cross. KimberlyD that was a good read. Thanks for the share.

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                • #9
                  Did anyone else read this article in ProPublica that exposes the Red Cross's efforts in Haiti? They raised half a billion dollars, and built just six homes. The list of missteps, idiocy, and naivete is eye-opening. Perhaps the most outrageous part of the article was uncovering the "overhead" scam.

                  In one case, the Red Cross sent $6 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross for rental subsidies to help Haitians leave tent camps. The IFRC then took out 26 percent for overhead and what the IFRC described as program-related “administration, finance, human resources” and similar costs.

                  Beyond all that, the Red Cross also spends another piece of each dollar for what it describes as “program costs incurred by the American Red Cross in managing” the projects done by other groups.

                  The American Red Cross’ management and other costs consumed an additional 24 percent of the money on one project, according to the group’s statements and internal documents. The actual work, upgrading shelters, was done by the Swiss and Spanish Red Cross societies.

                  “It’s a cycle of overhead,” said Jonathan Katz, the Associated Press reporter in Haiti at the time of the earthquake who tracked post-disaster spending for his book, The Big Truck That Went By. “It was always going to be the American Red Cross taking a 9 percent cut, re-granting to another group, which would take out their cut.”


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                  • #10
                    I have not heard of that, but it is easy to prove or disprove. Organizations such as the Red Cross are required to make their financial statements public information. You just need to look it up or call and request a copy. Then you can see for yourself if the claim is true or not.
                    Where there is an beginning, there is an end.
                    Where there is an end, there is a new beginning.

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                    • #11
                      This is one big move from the Red Cross organization. I am a part of the Red Cross Rescue team but we are too far from Nepal. I would love to join the Nepal rescue though the team is not sending us on that country. I do believe this is a big help to the Nepal People. This is a great move from the american red cross, I salute!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Corzhens View Post
                        Red Cross specializes in blood. When my father needed blood transfusion, we went to the Red Cross for help. We were given the blood that we need but we owe them for that. It means we have to donate blood in the future or we get donors for blood to repay what was given us. Red Cross had saved countless of lives with their system and their assistance has no limits - no discrimination or prejudice.

                        That's a new one for me. You have to give back later in order to get blood now!!! You should document that and report it to main headquarters. I have never heard of that before. That is the typical attitude in the Philippines. Nothing is free, and you have to pay back for our good will.

                        Seriously, go document that and send it to main headquarters of the Red Cross.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KimberlyD View Post
                          I have not heard of that, but it is easy to prove or disprove. Organizations such as the Red Cross are required to make their financial statements public information. You just need to look it up or call and request a copy. Then you can see for yourself if the claim is true or not.
                          The article that I linked to includes a wealth of internal memos reports and emails from the Red Cross to further backup the claims and data presented within the article. Vice also aired an episode about a month ago that focused on the graft and corruption within USAID's Haiti efforts.

                          Unfortunately, this is not the first such incident for the (American) Red Cross, which may have entirely botched the aid it raised after Hurricanes Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in 2012, too.

                          During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, “just to be seen,” one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls.

                          "We were sent way down on the Gulf with nothing to give,” Dunham says. The Red Cross’ relief effort was “worse than the storm.”

                          During Sandy, emergency vehicles were taken away from relief work and assigned to serve as backdrops for press conferences, angering disaster responders on the ground.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JoshPosh View Post


                            That's a new one for me. You have to give back later in order to get blood now!!! You should document that and report it to main headquarters. I have never heard of that before. That is the typical attitude in the Philippines. Nothing is free, and you have to pay back for our good will.

                            Seriously, go document that and send it to main headquarters of the Red Cross.
                            I have heard of the process too. I just think it should be on a voluntary basis though. If a person feels grateful for the help that the Red Cross has done for him/her, then he/she can decide to pay back by donating blood. I see no problem if the main reason is an act of giving back as long as I know that the blood goes to someone badly needing it. There's actually a lack of blood in blood banks here in the Philippines that's why the Red Cross and other organizations conduct blood letting activities every now and then.

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                            • #15
                              Oh I'm sure there are just as many evils as there is good in many of these organizations. That is why I prefer to give my donations directly as opposed to through organizations. Then I know for fact my donations are reaching where they are suppose to go. Not to mention, many times the issues come from all the red tape they are required to get through which causes a lot of issues too. Through direct donations, there is less red tape to deal with.
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                              Where there is an beginning, there is an end.
                              Where there is an end, there is a new beginning.

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