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Unas palabras bondadosas nunca pasarán de moda

Soy voluntaria desde hace 8 años en el área psicosocial y actualmente formo parte del Programa de Juventud. Me siento… Read more “Unas palabras bondadosas nunca pasarán de moda”

Milena Chacón
Costa Rica Red Cross Society
Supporting the Frontliners

In order to control the spread of COVID-19, the whole island of Luzon was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine. This… Read more “Supporting the Frontliners”

Dennis Sabino Mancilla
Philippine Red Cross Society
Helping people realeased from prison in Oslo

I am a volunteer in Network after imprisonment, a part of the Oslo Red Cross. I am, at the moment,… Read more “Helping people realeased from prison in Oslo”

Roger H
Norwegian Red Cross

First of all, thank you for the opportunity to share experiences. My experience is very particular because I am creating a youth group in the midst of this confusion related to this pandemic.

In fact, the experience is being positive, after some attempts to gather a young group of volunteers, contrary to what I thought, I was more easily able to gather a good group of volunteers who joined for this purpose.

I learned that this virus brought people together much more than it separated them, and united them for a cause, for a common purpose. That makes me very satisfied and proud. Volunteering in this situation made me feel truly useful as I had never felt in any previous volunteering. In the region where I am, the red cross was getting erased, and despite the whole situation, we are managing to reactivate the volunteering of the local red cross, with this return to the origins, where we gathered the community to help in times of war.

We are achieving with our work aimed at the elderly and vulnerable to transmit hope and confidence to overcome this phase. We continue to try daily to provide support in all needs so that people can feel supported.

The main challenge to deal with is fear, ours and that of the people we support, however, we must continue to transmit security.

Helena P. Pereira
Spanish Red Cross
April 5, 2020
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