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The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, ZRCS, was founded in 1981. The Society existed as a branch of the British Red Cross for 49 years until it was established by an act of parliament, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Act Chapter 30, in 1981. In 1983, it was recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and became a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities.
The ZRCS operates in all the provinces in Zimbabwe. At present, there are 282 branches. As a gender sensitive organization, women constitute more than 52 per cent of the total members. At headquarters, women constitute 53 per cent of the senior staff members. This is a result of the equal opportunities and affirmative-action policies.
WHAT WE DO:
> Disaster Management and Preparedness
> Health, HIV & AIDS
> Water & Sanitation
> Food Security & Livelihoods
To become a dynamic voluntary organization which leads in the satisfaction of humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable groups.
To provide timely appropriate and acceptable humanitarian services to the most vulnerable groups through well managed programmes in:
* Health education and services,
* Youth Development,
* Disaster preparedness and response,
* Resource Development,
while encouraging self-reliance and promotion of human dignity.
Our Core Values
Central to the achievements of the mission, the organization will uphold the following values:
Integrity and Professionalism, Transparency and accountability, Commitment to serving humanity.
The Fundamental Principles are the result of a century of experience. Proclaimed in Vienna in 1965, they bond together the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and guarantee the continuity of the Movement and its humanitarian work.
The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours in its international and national capacity to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours only to relieve suffering, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
The Red Cross is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their Governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross principles.
The Red Cross is a voluntary relief organization not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
There can be only one Red Cross Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.
Branches Contact Details for Zimbabwe Red Cross Society