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The world's humanitarian organization
by The Ovi Team
2007-01-17 09:05:46
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Ovi magazine has a history of promoting organisations that deserve further recognition and encouragement, which is why today we are highlighting our support for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian organization.

The symbols of the red cross and red crescent, plus the latest addition of the red crystal, are recognised around the world and are often a symbol of hope for those who need them. The International Federation has been providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions since 1919 and now has 185 member Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, a Secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world.

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. Vulnerable people are those who are at greatest risk from situations that threaten their survival, or their capacity to live with an acceptable level of social and economic security and human dignity. Often, these are victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic crises, refugees, and victims of health emergencies.

The Federation carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. All their work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The unique network of National Societies - which cover almost every country in the world - is the Federation's principal strength. Cooperation between National Societies gives the Federation greater potential to develop capacities and assist those most in need. At a local level, the network enables the Federation to reach individual communities.

Together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Federation makes up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. There are more societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.

Ovi magazine invites you to support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as much as you can, whether it is an online donation or promotion of their activities on your website or blog. We all have a social responsibility and through the support of a humanitarian society, such as the IFRC, we can effect that change we all want deep down.

- International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

All information taken from International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement website.

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Sand2007-01-16 10:41:53
No one could question that the Red Cross has proven to be a great human asset since its establishment but a quick look into Google indicates the organization has serious problems such as at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/07/30/eveningnews/main516886.shtml

Asa2007-01-16 10:44:18
That is wrong on so many levels.

Sand2007-01-16 12:03:51
I am not trying to piss on your celebration,I freely admit that the world has benefitted from the Red Cross and its associated organizations. Nevertheless there is no sense in ignoring history.



Asa2007-01-16 15:28:28
I totally agree, Jan.

It always seems as the few spoil it for the many. I wonder what changes have been instigated since those 2001 donations.

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