Relief Efforts

The Takeaway

Gaza: A Day of Rage & The Search for a Cease-Fire

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yesterday in Gaza, an apparent Israeli strike rocked a school run by United Nations relief workers and killed at least 10 people. As the violence intensifies, international aid workers are finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing their job.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Earthquake in Haiti

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it the earthquake occurred, and he writes of the terror of that day, the devastation ordinary Haitians experienced, and the monumental—yet he says misbegotten—rescue effort that followed in The Big Truck That Went By.  

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In Hard-Hit Areas, Red Cross Runs Into Image Issue

Monday, December 03, 2012

The group was criticized in New York City following Hurricane Sandy when residents from Staten Island to Breezy Point were asking themselves: where is the familiar red-and-white logo of the Red Cross? But In New York, the organization works with FEMA, city agencies and other groups — meaning it is often less visible on the ground.

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The Takeaway

The One World Fútbol: A Durable Ball that Can Last for Decades

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Every year thousands of soccer balls are donated to the developing world by relief agencies. But they often go flat, so Tim Jahnigen, with the help of Sting and others, created a new type of ball that never wears out or needs a pump.


The Brian Lehrer Show

After Sandy: Volunteering This Weekend

Friday, November 09, 2012

Interested in helping with Sandy recovery but don't know where to start? Steve Streicher, Communications Director for New York Cares, and Sherry Lynn Fazio, Senior Director of External Affairs for Jersey Cares, discuss volunteering opportunities this weekend, and the role of private vs. government help for those recovering from Sandy.

→ WNYC Guide To Helping

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Disaster Relief After Sandy

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and founder of the Children's Health Fund, looks at the disaster relief operation underway and talks about the roles of the various organizations, from FEMA to ad hoc grassroots groups.

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New Yorkers Help Catskill Communities Damaged by Tropical Storm Irene

Thursday, September 01, 2011

As clean up efforts continue in the Catskill towns severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, residents of New York City are helping out.



Tri-State Residents Aid Ongoing Relief Efforts in Tornado-Torn Missouri Town

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Local volunteers continue the response effort in the nation's heartland nearly a week after one of the worst tornadoes on record ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing more than 130 people and injuring hundreds of others.