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Establishment

The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society was established as a branch of the British Red Cross on the 20th of October 1941 and gained full autonomy when the country became independent from Britain in November 1981. By an act of Parliament in August 1983, it became a National Society. In November 1992, the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross was recognized as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Mission   

To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Objectives  

  • To help provide support in the event of a crisis.
  • To operate on the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

Major Objectives

  • Quarterly cleanup campaign programs  with youth volunteers
  • Provided relief support for food and shelter in Barbuda post-Irma
  • Provided fisher folk with new tanks and other gears post-Irma
  •  Provided relief packages to persons in need within communities
  • Launched backyard feeding programs by providing seedlings to households
  •  Successfully renovated our Red Cross thrift shop to provide support services
  • Launched Campaigns such as “Together We Can” (sexual reproductive health)  and “YABC” (Youth As Agents of Behavior Change) to address bullying discrimination across schools
  •  Provided disaster first aid and first response services to those in need, including making crutches and wheelchairs available to the public for rental


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