Afghan Red Crescent Society and Its Volunteers

Afghan Red Crescent Society was established in 1934. Thus, the International Committee of the Red Cross officially recognized Afghan Red Crescent Society as a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in 1954. On 11th November 1955, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies approved Afghan Red Crescent Society’s membership as its 83rd member of the Federation. Afghan Red Crescent Society is the sole country-wide humanitarian organization that impartially and independently provides relief items to affected and vulnerable people in natural and man-made tragedies. Volunteers are the back bone of Afghan Red Crescent Society. The country-wide network of volunteers enables ARCS to render its services throughout Afghanistan. In order to focus on volunteers, ARCS established the Youth and Volunteers Department in 1987. In 1999, ARCS established Organizational Development Department that works in close relation and collaboration with Youth and Volunteers Department. CBF program focused on volunteers’ training at provincial level in 1997. Accordingly, the training process extended to volunteers in district and village level. In addition, focus on volunteers motivate further locals to take part in humanitarian behaviors. Volunteers are the pillar of ARCS. It is estimated that ARCS has registered 46000 of volunteers throughout country. Accordingly, ARCS can provide relief items to vulnerable people in the most remote areas of country through its wide network of volunteers. ARCS volunteers, in addition to their commitment for rendering services to affected and vulnerable population, are well trained humanitarian social welfare service providers that their ultimate goal is to prevent or alleviate human suffering. ARCS volunteers are well respected within their communities and area of residency. ARCS volunteers are the chain of communication between affected people, ARCS and other Movement’s components. Basically, ARCS has five categories of volunteers that work under Youth and Volunteer Department framework.

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