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British Red Cross
What we achieved20068
Whenthe Pakistanearthquakestruck in2005,teenagersMiriamandSidra barely escapedwiththeirlives.Sidra remembers:“Ourschoolbuilding collapsedwithmeunderneath.We lost lotsof people that day,including mybaby cousin.”But,helpedby the RedCross,the family have beenrebuildingtheirlives– andtheirhouse.Using bricksandironsheeting,the girls’family built a new,strongerhouse so they wouldbedry andsafe throughthe winter.ForMiriam,hernewhome marksa newbeginning:“Ourotherhouse wasbuilt of mudbut thisisa beautiful home.”
by theBritish Red Cross – wereready forIndonesian families.Ida Sabriwas overwhelmed by tears assheentered her newhome,along with herhusband Abdullah and young son Fadri.Shesaid:“Iwas so stressed thinking aboutthehousebutthis is likea medicineforus.Wearevery thankfulto theBritishRed Cross and peoplein Britain forhelping us.”And this is justthebeginning.In 2007,1,900 further houses willbecompleted –and financialsupportprovided to a further3,400 families – in Indonesia.Thenextyear willalso seeadditionalfinancialsupportwork in up to 30 villages in SriLanka and thecompletion ofmorethan200 houses in theMaldives.
Our firstaiders werealso ready tohelp atmorethan 10,000 publiceventsthroughouttheUK – including theGreatNorth Run in Tyneside,where500volunteers helped nearly 1,000 casualtiesin a singleday.AndRedCrosstrainingmakesalife-savingdifference.InSussex,volunteerJillBartlettusedadefibrillatortobringamanbacktolifeafterhecollapsedandstoppedbreathing.Shesaid:“It’sanamazingthingtosavesomeone’slife,butIcouldn’thavedoneitwithoutthehelpoftheRedCross.”Wealso established a unique‘inclusive’firstaid programme,specially designedto includegroups or individuals withdisabilities.Over thenextthreeyears,wewillwork in partnership with otherorganisations to makefirstaid skillsaccessibleto all.
In recentyears,weresponded to severalmajor crises,including thetsunamiandLondon bombings,whosecomplex naturebroughtparticular challenges to us as anemergency responseorganisation.That’s why,following reviews ofourresponses,wehavebeen makingimprovements to our services so wecanbeeven better prepared to acteffectivelynexttime.
FromAfricatoIndonesiathroughtotheMiddleEast,thepast12monthsbroughtseveralcrisesthatdemandedanimmediateresponse.But2006wasalsoayearinwhichwehelpedcommunitiesacrosstheworldrecoverfromearlierdisastersandrebuildtheirlives.MorethanoneyearonfromthePakistanearthquake,theRedCrossandRedCrescentMovementisstillverymuchtakingahands-onapproach–building13,500newemergencysheltersandimprovinghealthcareforlocalcommunities.As thesecond anniversary ofthetsunamipassed,hundreds ofhigh-quality,earthquake-resistanthomes – constructed