ACT News

Syrian refugees risk lives to find safety in Greece

30 Jun 2015

Summer is the height of tourist season in the Greek isles, but Amina, 35, isn’t on the island of Chios with her husband and three young sons for a vacation. The Syrian refugee family is in flight from Damascus. Their long and arduous trek took them through Lebanon and into Turkey, where they hiked a […]

ICCO: Balkans still recovering one year after catastrophic floods

13 May 2015

It’s been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes and farms, roads, and […]

Nepal: one month after the first earthquake

12 May 2015

ACT Alliance members are continuing relief efforts as a second major earthquake struck eastern Nepal today, two and half weeks after more than 8,000 died in a first devastating quake. The latest earthquake, with a a magnitude of 7.3 hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest. An earthquake on 25 April, centred in […]

Supporting midwifry with the Maasai

18 Apr 2015

Noorkipali Nooloboru is one of the traditional birth attendants in Sitoka village. In the past she would advise women, including her daughter-in-law Christine, to have their babies at home. This was the tradition for Maasai women, despite the risks involved, and she didn’t see any reason for it to change — that is, until Christian Aid’s project […]

Norwegian Church Aid: what we do in Cuba

14 Apr 2015

Norwegian Church Aid has cooperated with local, church based organizations in Cuba since 2001. Today we focus our work on gender based violence. Gender-based violence Our partners develop various local initiatives to overcome violence within close relations. This work is run through the church network in local communities in Cuba. They are often met with […]

Floods in the desert

02 Apr 2015

Heavy rains have fallen in the Antofagasta and Copiapo regions in northern Chile, where rain hasn’t fallen for 20 years. 30mm of rain fell within two days, causing floods and enormous damage. Rivers broke their banks and drainage was hugely inadequate for towns and cities in the region. Local governments have organised evacuations. The President […]

Floods in Acre

30 Mar 2015

In February and March, heavy rain and floods have hit Acre in northern Brazil, 80,000 people have been severely affected  in particular marginal communities and indigenous people. According to authorities the Acre River exceeded its highest recorded height of 17.66 meters, reaching 18.40 meters. The most affected people are communities on river banks and indigenous […]

Christian Aid Supports Vanuatu Relief Effort And Urges Prompt Climate Action

16 Mar 2015

ACT member Christian Aid is to make an initial £25,000 available to partner organisations providing emergency supplies in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam which hit the Pacific island chain of Vanuatu on Friday, killing at least eight people, injuring many more, and reducing many houses and shops to matchwood. The money will go to sister […]

Vanuatu cyclone highlights importance of disaster risk reduction

15 Mar 2015

Peter Rottach, Chair of the ACT Alliance Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Community of Practice, speaks from the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) taking place in Sendai, Japan (14-18 March 2015). He highlights, on the back of the devastating cyclone that hit Vanuatu on 14 March 2015, the urgency of action needed to […]

Mobile cash for sustainable relief

03 Mar 2015

Three quarters of the world’s mobile phones are in developing countries, and in some African countries mobile phones are being used to pay for taxis and street food. Capitalising on this technology, two ACT Alliance members worked together in Zimbabwe to use mobile phones to helpvulnerable families affected by drought. By sending a text message […]

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