Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan
The idea of establishing voluntary societies and international assistance to the victims of war and natural disasters belongs to Mr. Henry Dunant, a businessperson and humanist from Switzerland who organized the first team of volunteers in 1859 to help victims of the bloody Battle of Solferino in the North of Italy. Today the international Movement of The Red Cross and Red Crescent strives to prevent and alleviate suffering of people in social crisis via significant expansion of its activities. The idea to establish the National Society came to Kyrgyzstan with the Russian Red Cross, which easily harmonized with the humanitarian traditions of the Kyrgyz folk. Since ancient times Kyrgyz people had a tradition to feed the starving, give water to a thirsty one and clothes to the one who needs it, shelter to a pilgrim and treatment to a sick person. The concepts of ethnic consent, friendship, cooperation, humanism, generosity and tolerance were reflected in the unique monument of the ancient Kyrgyz culture, the “Manas” epos. The Red Crescent has always been providing assistance to those who need compassion and support. The emblems of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have always been and remain symbols of hope and courage, humanity and mercy.
The chronicle gives the opportunity to follow up the development process of the Red Crescent in Kyrgyzstan, expansion of its activities, changes in targeted groups and accents of assistance, and to see the trends of the development today. Due to the scope of its work, the global net of regional divisions, the wide range of international communication and recognition of public, the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan is now one of the leading non-governmental organizations in the republic implementing humanitarian activities during 90 years. The philanthropy system of the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan has been formed based on high traditions of mercy, sincere sympathy to the faith of the people in need. It allows the organization to adapt to changing environment and conditions, find ways of resolving of vital problems. It remains to be seen what the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan will be in the coming 10 years, the perspectives are already being developed now. It depends not only on the professional skills of staff and volunteers of the Red Crescent, but also on the challenges that the life will create tomorrow.See more