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American Red Cross Provides Training to Sierra Care Inc.

Sierra Care Members and Volunteers

 

By Christian Foday Sesay Jr. PV Correspondent, Texas.

Saturday, May 2nd 2009, marked a representational high point in the partnership between the Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross and Sierra Care Incorporation, a non-profit organization based in Dallas whose primary goal is to help war amputees in Sierra Leone and other war affected areas for the right reasons.

This relationship was taken a step further when an intensive hands-on classroom training opportunity was provided for Sierra Care members and volunteers to learn how to conduct safe and effective disaster relief operations.

This humanitarian-driven event which took place between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm at the American Red Cross main office located in Dallas will become useful for Sierra Leoneans and others living around the natural disaster prone Dallas areas in the days lying ahead.

 

Sierra Care Inc. Members and Volunteers

In all, about 14 Sierra Care members including Mr. David Kessebeh, Executive Director, Sierra Care Incorporation and Mrs. Nanette Thomas, the All People’s Congress Party Chairlady, Dallas Chapter, attended this valuable training session which lasted for almost six hours. In his opening remarks, the training instructor, Dr. Will Williams, welcomed Sierra Care participants and admonished all regarding the significance of such volunteering venture.

 

Sierra Care Inc. Members & Volunteers

 

 He went on to say that the occurrence which had helped reshape his positive dedication to the Red Cross was the assistance rendered to him by the Red Cross during a fire outbreak in which he was a victim.

“From that point, I became deeply involved in the organization”, he concluded.

The training was centered on three main courses: Fulfilling our mission, Overview of Mass Care and Shelter Operations. Issues such as the core values of the Red Cross, Sponsorship and accountability within the organization, the need for assistance in our localities, responsibilities of volunteers, and the nuts and bolts of shelter operation management to volunteer-client relationships were widely addressed.

For over 100 years, the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has offered training in CPR, First Aid, water safety, disaster preparedness, nursing and health.

With a proven record of success, American Red Cross programs reflect the most recent changes in health and safety. Thus, it was befitting and laudable for Sierra Care to join the bandwagon of organizations that have been served by this noble institution.

This thorough training recreates the challenges and conditions humanitarian operators encounter in the real world. Past participants have included students and practitioners in emergency management, humanitarian assistance, post-conflict reconstruction, stability and peace-building.

With this partnership, Sierra Care volunteers will help deliver hope, compassion and comfort to their neighbors in times of trouble thereby ensuring that their communities become safer places to live.