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Looking Back on 2021 – A Message from Our CEO, Jo de Serrano

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Jo de Serrano

Jo de Serrano

Jo is RedR UK's CEO and has worked in international development for almost 20 years, working tirelessly to deliver the best emergency responses in the most pressing humanitarian crises.

Celebrating RedR UK's achievements in 2021 with you, our valued supporters.

As we reach the end of 2021, it’s time for us to look back on the year and to celebrate what we’ve managed to accomplish as an organisation with the support of our donors, patrons, staff, trainers, trustees, and volunteers.

In 2020/21, we trained 5,413 people from 106 countries, who have in turn delivered life-saving aid in some of the most pressing humanitarian crises.

RedR UK continues to focus on developing the capacity of local people for local response, so that communities affected by humanitarian emergencies are able to recover faster. The reach and positive impact of our work is clear.

I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved with the help of our valued supporters. As CEO, being part of RedR UK, and being part of the fantastic work we achieve is an honour and a pleasure.

Happy Holidays

Rony Quintero






Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

Since 2014, there has been an 8,000 per cent increase in the number of Venezuelans seeking refugee status. Driven to leave as a result of political and economic instability, hunger, and shortages of basic medicine, the region is facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis.

In response, we delivered online training modules for aid workers on topics such as shelter, gender-based violence, and protection. The skills and knowledge we provided have ensured that humanitarians are better able to deliver the aid and assistance that the refugee crisis demands.

Humanitarian Skills in Uganda

Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa, at around 1.5 million people, many of whom have fled conflict and violence in neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Through our engineering expertise, we delivered training for local Ugandan engineers on how best to transfer their technical skills to the humanitarian sector for the benefit of refugee populations. You can read more about the impact of the project here.

Rony QuinteroClimate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCADRR)

For the third consecutive year, we delivered CCADRR courses tailored for the Philippines and Bangladesh. Climate change could displace more than 1 billion people by 2050 and will affect every region of the world. Following COP26, it is clear that the international community as well as NGOs must do more to respond to the climate crisis, and to this end we expanded our CCADRR programme to East Africa.

Rapid Training in the Asia-Pacific Region

In the last 50 years, 6.9 billion people have been affected by natural hazards in Asia and the Pacific. Cyclones, floods, and other disasters have resulted in widespread suffering in the region.

In the aftermath of these disasters, local actors are often the first to respond. They need the skills and knowledge to deliver immediate aid. To meet this need, we set up the Rapid Onset Localisation Team (ROLT); a cadre of experienced humanitarians on standby to deliver rapid training in the event of a disaster in the Asia-Pacific Region. Swift action can ensure that lives and communities are protected.

Responding to the Earthquake in Haiti

The earthquake that struck Haiti in August claimed more than 2,200 lives and displaced more than 38,000 people. It was the second devastating earthquake to affect Haiti in recent memory.

In response, RedR UK provided training modules to equip local humanitarians with the skills to alleviate the suffering of affected populations. So far, we’ve trained 213 aid workers, 98% of whom are local or national responders in Haiti.

Once again, thank you. None of these programmes would have been possible without our supporters all of whom in some way have contributed to the continued success of our organisation.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are particularly appreciative of the supporters whose compassion has led them to think of others’ suffering, despite the difficult circumstances in which we all find ourselves.

From me and all at RedR UK, we hope you stay safe and healthy over the holiday season, and we will see you in the New Year.