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Message of Hope from Kathmandu

Finally, came back to my workstation after few stressful days. The earthquake last Saturday drained everyone to the core. I spent three nights under the open sky with my family and community, and we were constantly hit by strong aftershocks.

It was hard to believe that this had happened – that we had lost our centuries-old heritage, our identity. I was crying with my family as memories of us roaming around the old city came flashing back. However, as hard it was living in that trauma of 72 hours, it made me realize how everyone who survived that disaster was given a chance.

After the Earthquake: Responding to the Nepal Crisis

Meet 12-year-old Nanu Tatya standing in front of the rubble in Bhaktapur in the outskirts of Kathmandu. 

Nanu was still scared from the earthquake. She was too afraid to speak about the massive quake and the aftershocks. Her relatives said her house had been destroyed and she was living in a plastic tent with her family.

Within 24 hours, the UN Refugee Agency emptied our warehouse in Damak, Nepal and delivered supplies to the areas that needed it most and were the hardest to reach – including the hilly, remote districts of Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, and Sindhuli.

Nepal: A Call to Action

Six months ago many in the humanitarian system wondered if it was the worst it has ever been, with crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central Africa Republic. Then came Ebola. And Yemen. And now Nepal. The thing is, we are all part of a larger system. And that system is overstretched. It takes individual and institutional supporters to provide the flexibility demanded to quickly respond in these high-stakes situations.

A Picture of Nepal: The Land, the People, the Response

As a Program Officer at the American Red Cross, I understand the devastating impact disasters have on people and the immense effort it takes to implement a successful humanitarian intervention. In my role, I am responsible for South Asia, which includes some of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. In fact, my first trip to Nepal was unforgettable, not because I was traversing its idyllic countryside, but because I was seized by an absolutely paralytic fear of being in an earthquake (something hard for a California native to admit).

“Typical Kathmandu”

Multi-purpose Nutrition Indicators: Measuring Progress of Comprehensive Post 2015 Development Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are meant to be a comprehensive and universal framework for improving development and eradicating hunger and poverty – in all of its forms. Its current draft is favorably ambitious. However, there is wide concern among implementing multi-laterals, NGOs, and member states about the capacity to achieve the goals given the large number of targets and a possibly exponentially larger set of indicators.

Rana Plaza 2 Years Later: Garment Workers under Siege

In the initial months after the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, 2013, a preventable catastrophe that killed more than 1,130 Bangladesh garment workers and injured thousands more, global outrage spurred much-needed changes.

InterAction and USAID/OFDA Launch Shelter and Settlements E-learning Course

Currently, one sixth of the world’s population lives in unsuitable, unsanitary, and disaster-prone settlements; this ratio is projected to increase to one in four by 2030. Rapid urbanizations, displacements due to ongoing crises, and an increasing strength of disasters continue to deplete people’s coping capacity in general, and with housing issues in particular.

Remix your Role in Tackling Social Problems

Let’s be honest—the business-in-society space is filled with events big and small. Professionals working in development, sustainability, CSR, and related fields could hopscotch to a different conference every week. So why choose the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit? What’s different about this event? Here are the top five reasons to come to the Conrad New York this May 12-13—all ways in which you can jump-start a smarter strategy for your organization’s role in society:

Lily Gomes, Champion of Bangladesh Garment Workers

In the hours and days after the multi-story Rana Plaza building collapsed in 2013, killing more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh, Solidarity Center Senior Program Officer Lily Gomes was an ever-present figure in the hospitals, where she went from bed to bed checking on injured workers and offering support. She also visited workers at their homes, to offer assistance and to document details of the world’s deadliest garment factory disaster.

New Goals for Reducing Disaster Risks

A focus on health, a larger role for women and a look forward to the Sustainable Development Goals

AmeriCares gathered with 40,000 people in Sendai, Japan, last month for the United Nations’ Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The goal of this high-level international meeting and public forum was to agree on a framework to significantly decrease death and destruction from earthquakes, extreme weather, and man-made and other hazards by 2030.

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