Baby Born in Shelter, Caberet, Haiti – Photo

September 16, 2008
Six-day old Alicia was born in a crowded Haitian shelter less than one week after heavy rains from Hurricane Ike pushed the half-island nation to the brink of catastophe. The American Red Cross is working hand-in-hand with the Haitian Red Cross to get relief supplies to Alicia and other people living in the twelve government-run shelters in the western city of Caberet, Haiti.

This photo is available to the media for distribution. Courtesy American Red Cross/Matthew Marek.

For more information, please visit the Red Cross Online Newsroom for Hurricane Ike.

Hurricane Ike, Caberet, Haiti 9.16.08


Video: Flooding in Gonaives, Haiti [repost from Hanna Online Newsroom]

September 9, 2008

The American Red Cross Sends Help to Flood-ravaged Haiti

Aerial assessment shows some cities completely inaccessible;
people stranded

Editors note: For interviews and photos from the American Red Cross in Haiti, please call Christy Feig at 202-303-5074

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4, 2008 – The American Red Cross has two relief workers currently in Haiti to support the Haitian Red Cross respond to the mounting humanitarian needs following Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna hitting within a week of each other.

“We are very concerned for the people living in Haiti. To help our sister society the Haitian Red Cross, we are sending two disaster specialists to help assess and respond to the needs of the community.” said Christine Burkhart, American Red Cross program officer for Latin American and the Caribbean. .

In addition to the response workers in Haiti, the American Red Cross is sending $100,000 to help replenish the prepositioned relief supplies distributed by the Red Cross in Haiti and Jamaica and another disaster response worker to the Bahamas, where Hanna is hitting now.

Hurricane Gustav made landfall last week on the southwestern peninsula of Haiti with winds of up to 95mph, prompting heavy floods before proceeding westward. Before the water receded, Tropical Storm Hanna slammed the region and drenched the rest of the country causing an already bad situation to get worse.

“The devastation is widespread and there is no access to the city of Gonaives at this time,” said Matt Marek, Head of American Red Cross Programs in Haiti after viewing the damage from the air. “From our colleagues at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, we’re hearing 650,000 people near the city of Gonaives are at risk.”

The American Red Cross has a long history of working with the Haitian Red Cross during disasters-including after Hurricane Jeanne which claimed 3,000 lives in Gonaives-and has had health programs in Haiti for nearly five years.

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Brother and Sister Give Back to Chinese Earthquake Victims

July 18, 2008

Everyone can give back to the Red Cross in various ways. Thomas Yue Wu and Christna Yi Wu, a brother and sister, who’s Mother hometown was struck by the earthquake in China decided to act after they heard the news. They decided to raise money to help the efforts of Red Cross in China doing relief work.

When it was all said and done the brother and sister team raised over $1,000 to help victims of the earthquake in China. You can see a picture of them below. They’re students at Machesney Park Elementary School and Ralston Elementary School.

Thanks Thomas and Christina! They are pictured below.


Earthquake in China: Yao Ming PSA

May 20, 2008

If you’re an NBA fan, you probably caught Yao Ming’s PSA during the game over the weekend.


He is helping us get the word out that survivors of the earthquake in China need our assistance.


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