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An Americares worker puts an emergency response tag on a shipment of goods in a warehouse.
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Growing up, my favorite show was Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Many of you have likely heard one of his famous quotes, recalling advice his mother gave him in times of crisis: “Always look for the helpers; there’s always someone who is trying to help.” He also went on to say, “I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.”  

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Emergency Women's Health Canters Equipped After Disaster
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Edy Irianto / Americares

Fadliah clutched her 4-day-old baby as dirty water rose quickly around her. In Palu City, Indonesia, an earthquake had triggered a tsunami, collapsing Fadliah’s house and sending a muddy wave over her and her tiny boy.

Once she was safe in a neighbor’s car, the young mother cleaned mud from her baby’s mouth, relieved to see him breathing. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake on September 28, 2018, killed more than 4,000 people, destroyed 70,000 homes, and wrecked roads and bridges.

Americares responded immediately, working alongside local health organizations to quickly set up and equip 15 emergency women’s health centers near where Fadliah and other homeless survivors sought shelter in tents. Fadliah brought her little boy for checkups every couple of weeks.



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