Who is the Kenya Red Cross Society?
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is a humanitarian relief organisation created in 1965 through an Act of Parliament, Cap 256 of the Laws of Kenya. As a voluntary organisation, the Society operates through a network of eight Regions and 64 Branches spread throughout the country. The Society is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the largest humanitarian relief Movement represented in 189 countries worldwide. Its mission is to be the leading humanitarian organization in Kenya that is self-sustaining, delivering excellent quality service of preventing and alleviating human suffering to the most vulnerable in the community.
The ICRC’s role is based on the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977. It offers protection and assistance in armed conflicts to military and civilian victims, be they prisoners of war, civilian detainees, the wounded or civilians on occupied or enemy territory. IFRC facilitates the development of National Societies at a national level, coordinates their activities at an international level and encourages the establishment of new Societies. It also plays an operational role in international relief actions in the event of natural disasters and encourages the humanitarian activities of National Societies. The Kenya Red Cross Society, formed under Kenyan Legislation – The Kenya Red Cross Societies Act - is the recognised National Society for Kenya, auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.
The Kenya Red Cross Society’s mandate is broadly classified into three major operational areas. These are:Disaster Preparedness and Response Department: This includesDisaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, Tracing services and logistics. Health and Social Services Department: This includes First Aid, Blood Donation, HIV/AIDS, Water and Sanitation (WatSan), Disease Prevention and Control and Social Services.Organisational Development Department: This includes Youth Programmes and Branch Development, the networks through which the Kenya Red Cross carries out its mandate.
At the national level, there is a Council, which is the highest policy making organ of the Society and is led by a Governor. The Governor is assisted by First and Second Deputy Governors. The Council consists of elected members and two representatives from each of the 64 Branches.The Council elects a National Executive Committee (NEC), which is mandated to provide supervision to the management. The NEC appoints the Society’s Secretary General, who directs the Secretariat staff. The Secretariat assists the Branches to develop their humanitarian programmes. This institutional arrangement is manifested in two distinct structures within the Society: the Management and Governance. The Governance is the policy-making organ while theManagement implements the policies and decisions of the Governance both at Headquarter and Branches.
Who are the donors of the Kenya Red Cross Society?
Private individuals, corporate bodies, other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, ICRC, IFRC, international institutions and intergovernmental organizations and the public.
Henry Dunant is the founder of the Red Cross Movement. In June 1859, in Northern Italy, Dunant was on his way to meet the French Emperor Napoleon II on business matters. Close to the village of Solferino, Dunant watched as the French and Austrian armies clashed in a bloody slaughter, in which thousands were killed and wounded in the battle.Dunant changed his course and turned a church in the village of Castiglione into a makeshift hospital and begun organising for help. He even took messages for the victims’ families. Back in Geneva, Dunant wrote a book about his experience, which ends with two proposals: To set up in every country national societies for purposes of having care given to the wounded in wartime by volunteers, and to get the states to adopt an international agreement to form the basis for societies for the relief of the wounded. His actions led to the formation of the Red Cross Movement.
A membership subscription fee is payable upon registration either as a life, corporate, fellow, ordinary or youth member. Save for life membership all other memberships expire on a yearly basis.Membership is open to all at the following branch levels: Nairobi, Mombasa, Karen-Lang’ata, Kisumu, Parklands, Machakos, Malindi, UasinGishu, Rachuonyo, Nakuru, Kwale, Murang’a, Kakamega, Kilifi, Limuru, Kariua/Maragua, Nyeri, Turkana, Garsen, Garissa, Trans-Nzoia, Embu, Wajir, Butere/Mumias, Moi’s Bridge, Busia, Kericho, Thika, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Migori, Nandi North, Nandi South, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Bungoma, Siaya, Makueni, Ol’kalou, Mt. Elgon, Lamu, Marsabit, Moyale, Isiolo, Kajiado, Mpeketoni, Mandera, Kitui, Homa Bay, Marakwet, West Pokot, Meru, Gucha, Nyando, Vihiga, Bureti.
You can volunteer with the Kenya Red Cross Society by registering as a volunteer with any of the Branches countrywide. You can also donate in cash or in kind to support the activities of the Kenya Red Cross Society countrywide.
The three symbols are emblems of the Movement. Their main function is identification and protection. They ensure the protection of those wounded in war and those who care for them. Components of the Movement may use them as a form of identification. In such cases they are used in small dimensions so as not to be confused with wartime protective sign. It is strictly forbidden for persons outside the Movement to use them without authorisation.
Where is the Kenya Cross Society Headquarters based?
KRCS headquarters is based Off Mombasa Road, Popo Road, on Red Cross Road, in South ‘C’ Estate, Nairobi.