RedR UK CEO Martin McCann shared the work of RedR UK in the past year, responding to humanitarian crises from flooding in India to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia:
When the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia in September last year, RedR UK Members were on the ground, providing life-saving assistance as part of the emergency response. Indonesia is one of the most seismically active countries on earth, meaning that another disaster on this scale in the future is very likely. With the generous support of our donors, we were able to work with RedR Indonesia to build national capacity in-country, in terms of refugee camp coordination and management.
In India, vulnerable communities felt the full force of climate change when the worst monsoon in the last 100 years triggered widespread flooding and landslides in Kerala, leaving over 1 million people stranded in relief camps across the region. Along with devastating homes and livelihoods, the floods contaminated most of the wells, Kerala’s primary water supply, leaving isolated communities without access to clean water. Working with RedR India, we deployed emergency water filters to local communities, provided training in emergency water testing to government health workers and gave expert WASH advice to support the clean-up operation.