The Red Cross Society is a worldwide, well known, universally accepted, admired and internationally identified humanitarian service organisation. It is the biggest, independent non-religious, non-political, non-sectarian and voluntary relief organisation treating people equally all over the world without any discrimination as to their nationality race and religion beliefs. It was established in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Father of Red Cross movement and recipient of noble award for peace in 1901 was “Jean Henry Dunant”, who was a successful businessman. While going on a business mission, Dunant came on 24th June 1859 to Castiglione. It was on the same day, the battle of Solferino was fought nearby between French and Austrian armies. Dunant was horrified and moved by the sight and plight of the wounded soldiers. On witnessing the pathetic scene he forgot his business and started relief operations to all the wounded soldiers without any discrimination taking the help from people in villages nearby. In 1862 Dunant wrote a book “A memory of Solferino” which paved the way for the first Geneva Conference in 26th October 1863.The Geneva Society for Public Welfare, consider the Dunant’s proposals which was mentioned in the book and convene a multinational conference for implementing them.

The two proposals are:

  • Formation of trained medical relief team in every country in peace time to be employed in the relief work for wounded soldiers in the battle field.
  • Framing of rules to alleviate the suffering of war victims and to have international treaty among the nations once agreed upon and satisfied might assure humane care for wounded.

The Red Cross, through its junior and youth programmes, plays an important role in channelling and guiding this young energy in the cause of humanitarian action. The following lines throw the glimpse of youth red cross.

The main purpose of organizing the Youth Red Cross is:

  • Informing youth members and others the role and the responsibilities of the Red Cross and encourage them to contribute
  • An awareness on the care of their own health and that of others
  • The understanding and acceptance of civic responsibilities and acting accordingly with humanitarian concern, to fulfill the same
  • To enable the growth and development of a spirit of service and sense of duty with dedication and devotion in the minds of youth
  • To foster better friendly relationship with all without any discrimination

Youth Red Cross has the following three principles:

  • Protection of Health & Life
  • Service to the Sick & Suffering
  • Promotion of National & International Friendship, to develop the mental and moral capacities of the youth

From the time of inception it started growing like a banyan tree in various avenues:

  • Organizing Blood Donation Camps
  • Render help and assistance to the needy and meritorious physically challenged people