Building Sustainable Disaster Recovery Programs for the Long Term in Japan

Ramona Bajema, our country representative in Japan, has spent recent weeks on an inspiring journey, visiting 20 partners helped by AmeriCares following the 2011 triple disaster. These partners have developed sustainable programs that have become so successful they are now part of the fabric of the community.

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How Hurricane Katrina Inspired a Career and Built a Network

Kate Dischino, our Associate Director of Emergency Programs, tells how her career began with the personal relationships that grew out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and how AmeriCares has built a strong network of partners to meet health emergencies since that time.

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When the Rains Come, What Happens Then?

An AmeriCares team arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, just 48 hours after the April 25 earthquake. AmeriCares teams have been holding mobile health clinics for survivors and traveling to rural areas with stocks of medicine and supplies, to treat survivors and assess needs at hospitals and clinics. What is going to happen when the monsoons hit Nepal? Once the rains come, they are really torrential. The tarp shelters will be inadequate, but we hope the tents will keep the water out – for those who have them. Currently, there are not enough tents or tarps, and, moreover, it … Continue Reading ››

The Consequences of Survival

An AmeriCares team arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, just 48 hours after the April 25 earthquake. AmeriCares teams have been holding mobile health clinics for survivors and traveling to rural areas with stocks of medicine and supplies, to treat survivors and assess needs at hospitals and clinics. On Day 5 after the earthquake, patients were still sleeping in the waiting room of the hospital –afraid to sleep in the wards, in case they couldn’t escape in time if there was another earthquake. As the aftershocks continue, the impact of the earthquake is not just the people killed or … Continue Reading ››

The Critical Need for Safe Shelter and Temporary Health Care Facilities

An AmeriCares team arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, just 48 hours after the April 25 earthquake. AmeriCares teams have been holding mobile health clinics for survivors and traveling to rural areas with stocks of medicine and supplies, to treat survivors and assess needs at hospitals and clinics. The word for the day is “tents”: small tents, big tents, really big tents, medical tents, home tents and tarps (for a little variety). The monsoons are coming, and everyone is trying to get tents to protect people, clinic spaces and medical supplies. Tents are coming from the U.S. and India. … Continue Reading ››

Stories of struggle, strength and inspiration. Our emergency blog gives you a personal glimpse of brave people facing desperate situations, along with firsthand accounts of our determined efforts to save lives, restore health, and bring hope to communities in crisis.