Friday, October 26, 2007

Community Information about the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society

Solomon Islands Red Cross Mission Statement:

To improve the lives of people in need without discrimination, through voluntary work with people.

(Solomon Pijin Translation: "Waka bilong Solomon Islands Red Cross hemi fo kamapem gud laef bilong pipol nidim help, nomata hu nao iu, tru waka wetem pipol")

Brief Background of Solomon Islands Red Cross:

Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, by the Act of the National Parliament (a separate Act from the Non Governmental Organizations Act) in 1983 was established as an auxiliary (extra supporter) of the State dedicated to protecting human life and dignity in the Solomon Islands, thereby promoting lasting peace.

Hundreds of people in the Red Cross help those hurt by armed conflict, social disturbances, natural disasters, and other human tragedies. Victims around the country and region come to trust the people of the Red Cross to be there to provide important humanitarian services.

The people of the organization help anyone in urgent need. No regard is paid to political, racial, religious, or ideological differences. No point of view or person is favoured over another. Neither influence nor pressure will change these facts.

But the Solomon Islands Red Cross is more than a philosophy, or a historical institution. It is the part of a worldwide belief that human life and dignity are worthy of respect and protection from ravages of man and nature. It is a belief made real every day by the actions of skilled and trained people who are moved by a deep personal desire to help others without regard for their own material gain.

Red Cross members help people to prepare for, recover from, and, if possible, prevent the effects of tropical cyclones, floods, fires, sea level rise, diseases, or other disasters that threaten individuals or communities.

They help people prevent and handle emergencies through Commercial and Community Based First Aid trainings and health skills. Where needed and possible, they save hundreds of lives by promoting reliable supply of blood. They also share the resources necessary to improve service to people throughout the Solomon Islands, regionally, and internationally. They give new direction in the lives of the disable children through special education to read and write in sign language. Today, disable children are our aspirations who contribute in making Solomon Islands a better place for humanity.

The financial support of individuals, business houses, donor friends, and governments makes this work possible.

For more information, contact the Dissemination Department through email: dissem_sirc@solomon.com.sb,or phone (677) 22682.