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  1. "RedR cured my fear of log frames!"

    Christoph Altheim is Head of Mission for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (DHW). With a background in civil protection, he's a relative newcomer to the humanitarian world - but RedR's training has helped him hit the ground running.

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  2. World Humanitarian Day 2015: Sanna-Leena Rautanen in Nepal

    World Humanitarian Day 2015: Sanna-Leena Rautanen in Nepal

    For World Humanitarian Day 2015, we interviewed our Members about their experiences, the challenges they face, and what drives them. Sanna-Leena Rautanen works for the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Western Nepal (RWSSPWN).

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  3. World Humanitarian Day 2015: Khemraj Upadhyaya in Nepal

    World Humanitarian Day 2015: Khemraj Upadhyaya in Nepal

    Khemraj Upadhyaya is the Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser for HelpAge International in Nepal. He explains some of the effects of the Nepal earthquakes, the challenges facing aid workers today, and explains his role in the current HelpAge project.

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  4. World Humanitarian Day 2015: Steven Gordon in the Middle East

    World Humanitarian Day 2015: Steven Gordon in the Middle East

    For World Humanitarian Day 2015, we interviewed our Members about their experiences, the challenges they face, and what drives them. Steve Gordon is the Middle East Regional Security Advisor for Mercy Corps, mainly focused on Syria.

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  5. World Humanitarian Day 2015: Arno Coerver in Nepal

    World Humanitarian Day 2015: Arno Coerver in Nepal

    For World Humanitarian Day 2015, we interviewed our Members about their experiences, the challenges they face, and what drives them. Arno Coerver is leading Malteser International's response to the earthquakes in Nepal.

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  6. Spotlight on: Geoff Morgan, Future Relief Worker

    Spotlight on: Geoff Morgan, Future Relief Worker

    Geoff Morgan, an engineering consultant in the International Development Team at RedR Patron firm Arup, has recently returned to the UK after taking part in the Future Relief Worker Scheme (FRWS).

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  7. Haiti - four years on

    Haiti - four years on

    Nathan Fieldsend is a graduate structural engineer with WSP Group. He first became involved in development work with the charities Engineers Without Borders and The EcoHouse Initiative, at university. He has previously worked on shelter projects in Brazil

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  8. Spotlight on: John Phillips, Future Relief Worker

    Spotlight on: John Phillips, Future Relief Worker

    John Phillips, an engineer at RedR Patron firm MWH, recently returned from a placement in Kenya as part of the Future Relief Worker Scheme (FRWS). RedR runs the FRWS with the Engineers Without Borders UK

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  9. Building a house, making a home in Kosovo

    Building a house, making a home in Kosovo

    Crystal Whitaker of the Danish Refugee Council explains why there's more to building a home than just providing shelter from the elements.

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  10. Paul Jawor explains why low tech is often better than high tech

    Paul Jawor explains why low tech is often better than high tech

    I don’t know who invented the tin-roof, but it’s not ideal as the roofing material of choice across Africa. If the outside temperature is 40 degrees it’s likely to be even hotter than that inside a building with a tin roof, writes Paul Jawor.

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  11. Portable, practical, inflatable: surgery in the bubble

    Portable, practical, inflatable: surgery in the bubble

    Performing surgery in a plastic bubble and other portable, practical solutions used by doctors in emergencies, by RedR Member and MSF engineer Paul Jawor.

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  12. Building disaster-resilient homes in cyclone-prone Madagascar

    Building disaster-resilient homes in cyclone-prone Madagascar

    In Madagascar, where cyclones regularly destroy thousands of homes, poverty and deforestation make timber hard to come by and prevent rebuilding. RedR Trustee Rumana Kabir worked with local NGOs to build disaster-resilient housing using limited resources.

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  13. So you want to be a Communications Officer?

    Working in the humanitarian sector is rewarding but difficult. We spoke with two Communications Officers to pick their brains about the steps to take, the skills to acquire and what it is really like when you get in.

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  14. Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight

    Dr. Andre Steele, one of RedR’s newest Members, discusses his humanitarian experience, working for a RedR Corporate Partner, and why RedR Membership is so important to him.

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  15. South Sudan: Independence at a price

    South Sudan: Independence at a price

    Arriving just days after South Sudan’s independence last year, Philip Okanya Aurugai says he has seen a flowering of enthusiasm and activity in the nation. But, as he tells RedAlert, a lack of infrastructure and a weak currency are making it hard for ...

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  16. Needs Assessment in Somalia

    Needs Assessment in Somalia

    Aleksandra Godziejewska is Head of Mission for Polish Humanitarian Action in Somalia. This June, as part of her job responding to one of the most complex crises in the world, Aleksandra did a ‘Needs Assessment’ training with RedR in Prague...

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  17. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Karameldin Adam, Child Development Foundation

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Karameldin Adam, Child Development Foundation

    When people ask me why I do the job I do, I think of the challenges our children face every day. It still shocks me that 80% of our school-age kids don't go to school. Or that 50% of our youth today hasn't made it through education.

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  18. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Simeneh Gebeyehu, National Water and Sanitation Officer, UNHCR

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Simeneh Gebeyehu, National Water and Sanitation Officer, UNHCR

    I know how important my skills are when it comes to saving lives. I am based in Jijiga, Eastern Ethiopia. It's a challenging location as we're close to the border with Somalia and we work with refugees who have fled civil war...

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  19. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Tom Ogol, WASH Engineer & Project Assistant, Norwegian Refugee Council

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Tom Ogol, WASH Engineer & Project Assistant, Norwegian Refugee Council

    Here in the Dadaab region of North West Kenya, we know only too well that the East Africa food crisis and drought is still far from over. I work in a refugee camp called Ifo 2 and I've been here for nearly a year.

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  20. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Ahmed Khamis Alnour, Education Superviser

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Ahmed Khamis Alnour, Education Superviser

    We provide basic education services - like reading, writing and playtime - for children living in a local camp for internally displaced people called Alhujaj. The camp is home to about 5000 men, women and children...

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