Archive for October 2016

‘Roofs flying through the sky like birds’

By Holly Frew, Emergency Communications Manager Florkensia Laguerre was home when the winds and rain from Hurricane Matthew started. It began as any other storm, but as night set in, the winds started blowing with incredible force. As the howling intensified, so did Florkensia’s fear. Her whole house shook violently, then suddenly, her iron roof…

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Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: More people will die if we don’t act now

By Jean-Michel Vigreux, CARE Country Director in Haiti As the impacts of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti started to emerge, the damage from the storm immediately started being compared to the damage of the 2010 earthquake. I could not imagine that a hurricane could possibly leave comparable levels of damage as the 2010 earthquake. But then…

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South Sudan: a life reduced to fourteen rusty cups

Stacked neatly in a pyramid, fourteen rusted metal cups represent all that is left of 11 year-old Regina’s life. Belongings carefully guarded and transported some 2,000 kilometres back from Khartoum, Sudan in 2011 – to mark the family’s new life in the hopeful new country of South Sudan – have all been destroyed. Regina lives…

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Equal partners, better health

Written by Margaret Capelazo, CARE Canada’s gender advisor When you hear the word “gender,” what comes to mind? A man? A woman? Both? Many people I meet equate “gender” with “female.” They often think gender equality is about some kind of special progress for women. In reality, gender equality isn’t about the individual. It’s about…

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It Takes a Neighbourhood to Stop Child Early and Forced Marriage, Too

Written by Margaret Capelazo, CARE Canada’s gender advisor They say it takes a whole community to raise a child. This is especially true when trying to prevent child marriage. I’m travelling through southern Benin with national CARE staff and staff from CARE’s partner organization, GRASID. We are here to ensure that our program activities will…

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INGO Statement on Yemen Ceasefire

The following statment was released on October 19: Action Contre La Faim, ADRA, CARE, Danish Refugee Council, Intersos, Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Relief Germany, as INGOs operating in Yemen, welcome the recent announcement by the UN’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, regarding the commencement…

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Siege in Aleppo: Delivering humanitarian aid inside Syria

“I was in bed when a nearby explosion shook me from my sleep around 5:00 AM. I looked from my room window, and found that a shell had landed and exploded directly in front of my home, destroying the two buildings opposite us.” That’s what 24 year-old Ahmad, a staff member of one of CARE’s…

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