Archive for the Emergency Response Category

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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Aid to Treat 100,000-Plus Cholera Patients Delivered in Haiti

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Since the cholera outbreak began in October 2010 in Haiti, Direct Relief international has provided material aid to treat more than 100,000 people for the disease and to prevent its spread. These items, valued at more than $5 million (wholesale) include: 84,146 liters of IV solutions and the accompanying needles and tubing (enough to treat nearly 17,000 patients with severe […]

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Back to Japan after the Quake

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By Carl Williams, Direct Relief Japan Recovery Coordinator While on a return trip through the broken and washed away city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture to meet with two nongovernmental organizations Direct Relief supports, I saw a familiar house on the other side of a huge ship grounded among immense piles of debris. It was a two-story house, which I remembered […]

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