Flooding in South Asia
Photo: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
I’m taking over the blog this week while Judy’s away on holiday. As I’m writing this, nearly 6 million people are under threat from rising flood waters following heavy monsoon rains, with more than one million displaced in one Indian state alone. Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers across Bangladesh, Nepal, India and other countries are racing to deliver emergency supplies to communities and prepare them as the situation in many areas is likely to worsen in the coming days. The number of people affected is likely to rise and there are growing concerns about potential food shortages and disease outbreaks.
Our Crisis Appeal is open to support our work in the camps in Bangladesh that are affected by this flooding. We’re supporting the distribution of shelter kits, hygiene kits and dignity kits to people who have lost their homes. We’re also supporting the small scale building of retaining walls and drainage.
The Heatwave Guide for Cities
The Heatwave Guide for Cities: a new publication from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre has just been launched by IFRC President Francesco Rocca in New York.
In the guide, the Climate Centre’s experts show that deaths from heatwaves are not inevitable: the risks can be greatly reduced through the implementation of relatively simple and cost-effective actions.
“Heatwaves are silent killers because they take the lives of people who are already vulnerable,” said Rocca. “It’s vital that everyone knows how to prepare for them and limit their impact.”
Heatwaves are a deadly threat not just in Australia but also in many countries worldwide. Around 5 billion people live in regions where extreme heat can be predicted days or weeks in advance.
I encourage you to have a read at this guide, which offers a good range of case studies from preparing for an imminent heatwave to simple actions you can take during and after the action.
Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices
The theme for NAIDOC this year is Voice, Treaty, Truth. In honouring the theme, we're amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, members and volunteers. Meet some of our deadly colleagues from whom we will learn more about their countries, cultures and communities, and how they walk in two worlds as unique humanitarians, bringing significant and lasting change in the communities they work alongside.
In her blog last week, Judy called for a blog takeover. Here are a few of your submissions.
Blog takeover: Helping mums and bubs through crowdfunding
By Karl Uhrich, Engagement Manager (Acquisition)
During NAIDOC Week, Red Cross joined forces with an amazing group of Yolngu women in Galiwin’ku, NT to launch a campaign that blends community building with digital storytelling and social media-driven fundraising.
Our first crowdfunding campaign, the Baby Hub Sewing Project is raising funds for a sewing centre where young mums can learn how to make clothes, build lasting friendships, and access the Baby Hub centre and its health check-ups, parenting classes and playgroup.
How did it start?
Kerry Klimm is the Content Producer for the project: “Timing is everything! I spoke to Jenny Dally in Darwin, who told me that Nancy at the Baby Hub had just spoken to her about this idea of a sewing group for the mums. Nancy explained that there was only one store in Galiwin’ku that people could buy kids clothing. She was thinking of creative ways to bring the women together as well as creating something practical for them and their bubs.”
What’s it been like to work with Nancy and the local community on this project
Kerry Klimm: “It’s exciting to see that we can all work together to bring this project to life. In today’s digital age, it’s wonderful that Nancy is able to communicate her ideas through video on a mobile phone and from this create a beautiful campaign. At every step of the project, Nancy had input and final approval. So this really is a special project to work with a remote community, work in Yolngu and bring it to a national audience.”
How you can help
Visit the Baby Hub Sewing Project to find out more, and to share with your friends and colleagues. Here are some of the feedback from Betty and Sandra who both contributed to the project.