Thursday, March 20, 2008

It is a good common cause why we are here for Red Cross

Solomon Islands Red Cross is a non profitable humanitarian organization different from non governmental organizations established by the Solomon Islands National Parliament in 1983 as an auxiliary to public authorities in humanitarian assistances.
SI Red Cross as one of the 186 Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (National Societies) has things in common with other National Societies: Observe the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (Movement) 7 Fundamental Principles, Code of Conduct in disaster response, Observe the Movement’s Constitution, and carrying out voluntary service to all corners of its territory without any consideration nationality, sex, race, political or religious beliefs. While on Voluntary activities there are four core activities (Promotion of International Humanitarian Law and Fundamental Principles, Health and Care in the communities, Disaster Preparedness, and Disaster response) you can find anywhere in the Red Cross/Red Crescent family.
As Red Cross people we are ought to observe the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality. Prior to those, the action principles of Impartiality (no regard is given according to race, sex, nationality, political or religious beliefs. Help is given priority to the level of need only). We are expected to be neutral and be independent from any action or behaviors which can jeopardize the hope and confidence the needy people have on the Red Cross.

Naturally to follow those action principles especially in circumstance directly affecting us is difficult. But please look up to your principles as the working tools to reduce human suffering- as stated in the Principle of Humanity.

Weather it be a health promotion in our communities, promotion of disaster risk reduction from Climate Change, campaign for blood donors to give blood to those need it to see another sunrise, someone saved by our knowledge sharing about the rules of war to those fighting, efforts we put to raise funds to support those lost all their belongings in fires, or actively involving the vulnerable communities in our disaster preparedness, this is another expression of our caring and love to humanity.

This inner fire is what Red Cross asks from us.

This is an address given by Niniu Oligao (SIRC Dissemination & Information officer) to the two new SIRC staff during their dissemination briefing today.