The Fiji Red Cross Society
Although an ad hoc nucleus was formed during the First World War (1914-1918), Red Cross activities were not conducted on an organised basis until the early 1950s when the British Red Cross established an overseas Branch in the then Crown Colony of Fiji.
Following the granting of Independence to Fiji in 1970 the former Branch sought recognition as a National Society. National Society recognition was achieved in 1971 when the government officially recognised FRCS as an auxiliary to public authorities and as the only Red Cross Society in Fiji.
Today there are 16 FRCS Branches around the country: Rabi, Rotuma, Seaqaqa, Savusavu, Bua, Taveuni, Labasa, Levuka, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Sigatoka, Suva and Nalawa.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is made up of the International Committee of the Red Corss (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the National Societies.
WHAT THEY DO
Their work focuses on building safe, healthy and resilient communities in Fiji so you will see their programmes, services and activities whether it is in disaster management, health or resource development, they all move towards this goal.
A resilient Fiji, free from vulnerabilities, where people are ready to offer impartial and voluntary assistance to those in need.
To build safe, healthy and resilient communities by working with their partners and empowering volunteers in humanitarian service and advocacy.
The Fiji Red Cross makes the following commitment to the people of Fiji. The Fiji Red Cross will:
Promise a lifelong commitment to the people of Fiji
Provide immediate assistance to those most in need
Build the resilience and well-being of Fiji’s vulnerable communities
Value and work with local volunteers to respond to the needs of communities
Involve local people by using community-centred and participatory approaches to their work
Work in partnership with community, government and other civil society organisations
Use humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy to achieve change at a policy and program level
The Fiji Red Cross is committed to the following values:
The seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Professionalism, transparency and accountability
Teamwork and collaboration
Innovation, learning, continuous improvement and growth
Integrity, honesty and commitment
Diversity and unity in their workforce and programmes
Dignity and respect for all, including the elderly and those with disabilities
Gender equality in their workforce and their programmes
Safety, well-being and the rights of children protected at all times
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