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The Bri­tish Red Cross is car­ry­ing out valu­able work in Nepal – even be­fore dis­as­ter strikes

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As a hu­man­i­tar­ian aid or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Bri­tish Red Cross is used to re­spond­ing to com­mu­ni­ties in cri­sis. But its ground­break­ing work in Nepal is as much fo­cused on help­ing peo­ple pre­pare for po­ten­tial dis­as­ter as on sup­port­ing them in deal­ing with the af­ter­math.

Since 2012, the Bri­tish Red Cross has been work­ing with peo­ple in the Kath­mandu Val­ley, pro­vid­ing train­ing on how to min­imise risk and take ac­tion when an earth­quake strikes. When the last one hit in 2015, more than 8,000 staff and vol­un­teers across the af­fected dis­tricts were ready to re­spond, car­ry­ing out search and res­cue oper­a­tions, evac­u­a­tions and first aid – with 10,000 emer­gency kits al­ready pre­pared and ready to dis­trib­ute.

To en­sure Nepal can deal with a ma­jor emer­gency, the Bri­tish Red Cross, with sup­port from DFID, have also built a so­lar-pow­ered blood bank in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal. Blood sup­plies need to be kept chilled so this fa­cil­ity, built from sturdy ship­ping con­tain­ers, will en­sure re­serves are kept cool even if there’s an earth­quake-in­duced power cut.

All of this work is only pos­si­ble thanks to the gen­eros­ity of sup­port­ers. By leav­ing a gift in your will, you can leave your own le­gacy and en­sure this vi­tal char­ity can sup­port peo­ple in cri­sis around the world – as well as those who des­per­ately need help right on your own doorstep.

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