Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It’s a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work…

PAKISTAN: As flood waters continue to wreak havoc on communities across Pakistan, the American Red Cross is increasing its support to $5 million to help families who have lost their homes and jobs and have little access to clean water and food.

HAITI: The IFRC is beginning its second round of tarp distribution to more than 80,000 families. They’re also sending hundreds of thousands of text messages to help people prepare themselves for hurricane season.

GHANA: Some 2,000 families are coping with a food shortage following the violence that erupted in the north this spring. The ICRC and Ghana Red Cross Society have begun distributing maize, beans, salt and cooking oil.

GENEVA: In an effort to give young people a stronger voice concerning today’s most pressing humanitarian issues the ICRC is launching a global “young reporter” competition for 18 to 25-year-olds.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies