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The Red Cross Movement

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History of Canadian Red Cross

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“Would it not be possible, in time of peace and quiet, to form relief societies for the purpose of having care given to the wounded in wartime by zealous, devoted, and thoroughly qualified volunteers?”

 

This is the question Henry Dunant, the Swiss founder of the Red Cross, asked after he witnessed suffering on an Italian battlefield in 1859. Following Henry Dunant's vision, the Red Cross works to alleviate suffering caused by fighting. But we also help people in times of peace to strengthen their capacities to live safer and healthier lives and prepare for and recover from disasters.

 

On May 19th, 1909, the passing in Parliament of The Canadian Red Cross Society Act established the Canadian Red Cross to serve Canadians as auxiliary to Government and the public authority, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.  Prior to 1909 it operated as a branch of the British Red Cross.

 

For more than a century, Canadians have had their own Red Cross National Society dedicated to improving the situation of the most vulnerable people in Canada and around the world.

 

Within Canada we focus on emergency response, first aid and water safety training, community health, family reunification, and other services in communities across the country.

 

Internationally, we are a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with approximately 100 million volunteers worldwide. The movement includes the International Committee of the Red Cross, which acts as a guardian of the Geneva conventions and is tasked under international humanitarian law to protect the lives and dignity of victims caught in situations of armed conflict.

 

The other arm of the movement is the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which coordinates the national disaster response activities of more than 185 national societies, like the Canadian Red Cross, and each acts as auxiliary to the government in its own country.

 

Our network is vast but our approach is simple. All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by the fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These principles allow us to provide help immediately to whoever needs it, wherever they are, whatever their race, political beliefs, religion, social status or culture.

 

We are a leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need.

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Red Cross actions in disasters in Canada- Canadian Red Cross

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Disasters can strike any time and anywhere and those in need can’t wait; their needs are urgent. Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters – situations ranging from individual house fires to floods that disrupt entire regions.

 

Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people's basic needs, including shelter, family reunification, assistance finding support, first aid, information, clothing and food.

 

 

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Red Cross helps reunite families from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, those living in the Balkans have suffered a relentless torrent of upheaval, violence and chaos.

 

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the outbreak of civil war over a three-year period forced more than half the population to flee from their native lands and seek refuge in other countries.


The Canadian Red Cross responded to the international crisis in the Balkans in more ways than one. Mobilizing support within the country, the organization has been able to raise more than $6 million from generous Canadians just like yourself while also enlisting the support of the Canadian International Development Agency, which has donated more than $8 million to the plight of those in need.

 

The funds have allowed the Canadian Red Cross to maintain a presence in the region through various humanitarian aid programs.

 

From helping protect civilians to ensuring the humane treatment of detainees and supplying areas like Bosnia and Herzegovina with delegates who are expertly trained in several areas including organizational development, health, logistics and water and sanitation, the Red Cross has sought to rally the region and give it the tools needed to thrive.


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Canadian Red Cross International Operations

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From conflict zones to communities destroyed by devastating disasters or debilitating health issues, the Canadian Red Cross responds to the needs of vulnerable communities around the world.

 

Be it through primary health care programs and landmine education for people in countries experiencing internal conflict, trained Red Cross aid workers, water and sanitation projects or primary health care training, Canadian Red Cross International Operations provides a broad spectrum of support and relief.

 

Canadian Red Cross international programming promotes cost-effective, community-based programs, which target large numbers of people with humanitarian aid that is rapid, effective, and large-scale.

 

Thanks to the generous support of Canadian donors and the Canadian International Development Agency, Canadian Red Cross international programs assist millions of people every year.

 

The Canadian Red Cross is one of 187 National Societies that along with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) make up the world's largest humanitarian network – also known as the International Red Cross Movement.

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Concert to help Sandy victims raises nearly $23 million, Red Cross and ... - NBCNews.com (blog)

Concert to help Sandy victims raises nearly $23 million, Red Cross and ... - NBCNews.com (blog) | Red Cross for the Nobel Peace Prize | Scoop.it
OregonLive.comConcert to help Sandy victims raises nearly $23 million, Red Cross and ...NBCNews.com (blog)The Red Cross said website and phone traffic exceeded that of telethons support the charity over the previous five years.
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