Singapore Red Cross helps communities recover from natural disasters and build resilience during peacetime. We go beyond our shores to bring humanitarian aid to those in need.
Natural disasters strike without notice but there are systems that can provide forecast and warning based on studies and experiences. When it comes to disaster management, preparedness during peacetime is as important as response after the disaster hits.
WHAT WE DO
Singapore Red Cross works to prepare the community and build resilience against disasters through training and capacity building activities.
Often, disaster strikes without any warning. At Singapore Red Cross, we strive to put in place, a strong monitoring system to warn us of impending disasters based on studies and experiences. From vital signs, we are sometimes able to timely prepare for immediate response and to support the community.
When a disaster strikes, Singapore Red Cross assesses the situation and help those affected with immediate relief efforts by providing urgent aid (food, water, shelter etc). Our volunteers are trained to provide first aid, medical care, water and sanitation and psychosocial support. Teams would be deployed overseas within 48-72 hours after any disaster. We also work closely with Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and partners to support various services, such as:
- Relief Distribution
- Medical aid
- Psychosocial Support
- Water and Sanitation
- Restoring Family Links
After the initial stages of post-disaster emergency relief, our efforts shift to focus on medium-term recovery work as well as long-term rebuilding projects. We support affected communities, rebuild lives and re-establish sustainable livelihoods beyond the emergency phase. Our recovery and rehabilitation efforts include: rebuilding of community facilities like schools, activity centers and hospitals.
In times of war and aftermath of natural disasters, we also assist families in tracing their loved but lost ones via the Red Cross Restoring Family Links Service. When we re-connect lost-and-found family members, we see the power of human connections amid devastation.
The Overseas Humanitarian Programme (OHP), mainly headed by our Red Cross Youth, is organised during peacetime to assist communities in improving their living environment, conditions and quality. These are mission trips for which volunteer groups are organised, trained and deployed to carry out humanitarian aid projects overseas.
“To say that OHP has been a life-changing experience for me is an understatement. From teaching elementary students basic hygiene through songs (in midst of laughter) to hearing their conviction in continuing education against all odds to fulfill their dreams, I gleaned from them to not take things for granted and to stand strong during tough times. Hearing these children singing the hand-washing song taught during hygiene lessons with pride and seeing their faces breaking into joyful smiles, I felt a sense of accomplishment, as well as an intangible happiness in knowing that a small action of mine can make such huge difference to these children’s lives.” Isabel Toh, Raffles Girl’s School (Secondary), member of OHP Project S.P.L.A.S.H June 2014 – Schools Promoting and Learning About Safety and Hygiene
“It’s really amazing to see how resilient the survivors from Typhoon Haiyan were. Most people lost their homes but what was important was that the people did not lose hope.” Nicholas Boon, volunteer and Full-Time National Serviceman
“Singapore’s friendship has provided hope to the people of Soma City… This gift, [the re-built Isobe Community Centre] from the people of Singapore will stay with us for another 100 years.” Mr Hidekiyo Tachiya, Mayor of Soma City, Japan. The Isobe Community Centre was the first to be re-built after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Donate when disasters strike to help with the relief, recovery and reconstruction work. Donations are encouraged as it enables us to purchase suitable supplies for the disaster stricken area and climate, and eliminates logistical challenges. This allows us to swiftly provide the affected communities with much needed relief.
Donate during peacetime to support the overseas humanitarian programme that build the community’s resilience in face of disasters
Volunteer if you have expertise in areas of medical care, water and sanitation, and psychosocial support; or if you are passionate about relief operations in the field overseas; training will be provided to prepare you for deployment when the need arises
Fundraise to support the operations and projects in the long run