The French Red Cross thanks all the people who supported its action during the last month and year.
Please find below information about of our last activities:
Hurricane Matthew: the number of victims is increasing
The hurricane Matthew that stroke Haïti at the beginning of October is one of the most powerful hurricane of the past ten years. It killed at least 372 people, and more than 750 000 people now need humanitarian aid. The French Red Crossprovides assistance, in order to respond to the emergency, but also to build a long-term response: prevention responses and actions to fight the cholera epidemic, response to food insecurity. The French Red Cross’ regional emergency hub for the America-Caribbean zone brought 40 tons of emergency products (hygiene kits, shelter kits, etc.) in the country.
Caregivers’ national day
There are currently more than 8 million people of all ages in France who care for a close family member suffering of illness or disability on a daily basis. The French Red Cross signed an agreement with the French Association of Caregivers, in order to collectively contribute to develop actions in favor of caregivers, who play a major role in accompanying dependent persons. The objective of the collaboration is to develop initiatives that encourage the preservation of the relationship between the cared-for person and the caregiver, whatever the living environment, medical institution or home.
A military attack hampers the action of the Syrian Red Crescent
During the night of 19 to 20 September 2016, a humanitarian convoy carried by the UN and the Syrian Red Crescent, and a warehouse of Syrian Red Crescent were attacked in Orem Al Kubra, near Alep. About 20 civilians and a member of the Syrian Red Crescent were killed, while they were unloading trucks transporting humanitarian aid. This attack takes food aid and medical aid away from a thousand civilians. These attacks represent a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.
Back-to-school season: a School supply bank to collect material for vulnerable families
Cultura corporate Foundation and French Red Cross associate to help vulnerable families, by giving to the children essential school material for starting the school year. Clients of Cultura (sales of cultural items and creative leisures) website can choose among a selection of 15 school material products (pen, copybook, ruler, etc.) and add one to their shopping cart, to participate to the School supply bank. French Red Cross volunteers will also be in store to ask the clients to mobilize for this cause. In 2015, the School supply bank has allowed to collect 28 tons of school material.
The French Red Cross « Summer Caravan » teaches you how to save lives
In July and August 2016, the French Red Cross « Summer Caravan » travels throughout France to offer free introduction to basic first aid, in a family and friendly environment. The Summer Caravan makes stopovers in 9 cities to meet, inform and initiate inhabitants and vacationer into first aid, into the use of an automatic defibrillator and into the right behavior to adopt in case of dangerous situation. Since its creation in 1999, the « Summer Caravan » allowed to introduce around 47 000 persons to life-saving techniques.
The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.