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