Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Direct Relief Providing Critically Needed Medical Aid to Pakistan

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Direct Relief International is providing urgently needed medical aid for people affected by widespread flooding in Pakistan. Murshid Hospital, a longtime partner in Karachi, has specifically requested aid to treat patients with flood-related medical conditions. To speed the delivery of needed medicines, Direct Relief is providing an immediate cash grant of $25,000 for the hospital to procure items in-country. Sourcing […]

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Direct Relief Community Grants Support Two Orphanages in Haiti

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Melissa’s Hope is an orphanage located in the area of Lizon, where the director, Tony Manshino and Jean Pascal Bain, are taking care of 18 orphans of which 13 have special needs. Taking over the orphanage was a learning experience for both Tony and Pascal, but mostly for Tony, who is a music producer and entrepreneur. Pascal turned it into […]

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Story: “Mr. H” Reminisces About Tsunami

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by “Mr. H,” disaster victim and IVY employee (edited for understanding) “Before the earthquake, I worked for a fisheries processing company delivering styrofoam packages and cardboard cases. On March 11, it was good weather, and I was busy working as usual. At about 2:45 in the afternoon, I felt the earth shake strongly. I told with my boss, “It will […]

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Grant Supports Mobile Library for Tsunami Survivors

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Direct Relief and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) awarded this week $82,000 to the Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) to support the remodeling of a mobile library vehicle. The current mobile library, which serves 150 households in Iwate Prefecture on the tsunami-affected coast, is a small truck with bookshelves. To continue operating and expand services to additional temporary housing establishments, […]

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Aid Offered Following Himalayan Earthquake Today

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Direct Relief International’s emergency response team has contacted the organization’s partners in India and Nepal to offer assistance in response to the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck in the Himalaya today. News reports indicate that the earthquake is causing mudslides on waterlogged hillsides and hindering aid efforts. 71 people have been killed in India, Nepal, and Tibet and search-and-rescue efforts are […]

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Famine Relief to Support Patients at Refugee Camps in Northern Kenya

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Direct Relief has provided $30,000 in cash and $50,000 (wholesale) in medical supplies to respond to the Horn of Africa famine crisis that has affected nearly 1 million people along the northern border of Kenya. Provided primarily through the Kenyan NGO Council (of which Direct Relief’s Regional Medical Adviser in Kenya, Dr. Hezron Mc’Obewa, is a member), the aid supports […]

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