The humanitarian organization Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) was established on July 9, 1945, as an independent national society. In 1946, it was recognized by the State as a public non-profit organization and as an auxiliary team to the medical service Lebanese Army. Later in 1947, the Lebanese Red Cross joined the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement -which has today affiliates in 175 countries- and became a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ever since.
The LRC is led by volunteers, whose mission is to provide relief to victims of different tragedies, aid the suffering and most vulnerable people, as well as helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to, emergencies.
The volunteers, as well as every person working in the LRC, honors and abide by the 7 Fundamental Principles of the LRC, which are: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality.
The goal of the LRC is to spread peace, serve the society, and help human suffering with neutrality and without any racial, gender, social, religious, and political discrimination. The LRC works in both health and social fields, saving people’s lives and influencing positively their minds.
Each year on the occasion of 8 May, the International Day of Red Cross and Red Crescent, the LRC launches its annual fundraising campaigns under a certain slogan. This year’s slogan was Your Support Reverts To You.
That’s actually very true, as the LRC always works hard precisely to provide help and support for the community through its different vital services. The volunteers never hesitate to hop and help a person in need, either on duty or in their daily lives. It is the least they feel they can do to donate time, money, and knowledge to support our people and the LRC’s humanitarian activities.
With all the great work the LRC does across Lebanon, especially in the most difficult times and situations, it is also the least that all the Lebanese people support them as well as per their capabilities.
In the month of May, for example, if you are walking down the street or cruising in your car, don’t turn away your face and act as if you didn’t see the volunteers standing there trying to collect money to sustain their operation and help the suffering ones.
Maybe one day you or your beloved ones will need their services and help. Keep that in mind when you see them. Every dollar, every smile, and every hello helps in a way or another. Maybe exhibiting their services (and centers) for you here will show you how much we need them to prevail in Lebanon with our help.
The LRC volunteers provide first aid and emergency services on the Lebanese territories around the clock, all year long. They are trained to perform different kinds of services for different incidents and accidents, such as road accidents, snow and mountain rescue, water rescue, and sports activities.
In addition to that, they provide some transporting services such as transport of patients from and to hospitals, transport of corpses (in special cases), and transport of blood units to hospitals in emergencies.
The LRC first started providing its first aid services in 1964. Due to the need created by the civil war, the number of volunteers increased in 1975 from 12 to 150.
Today, as people’s passion for volunteering has increased in the light of miseries and accidents in Lebanon, LRC counts almost 2700 volunteers spread over 46 first aid centers and four dispatch rooms across the country. That in addition to 280 ambulances!
The LRC launched its services in the field of health development in 1945. Today, the LRC has various medical centers distributed across the Lebanese territories, 9 mobile clinics, 5 physiotherapy centers, and 1 orthopedic workshop in Aley.
The LRC goes even beyond that. It medical and social centers provide various social services that highly contribute to the enhancement of the social level of the most vulnerable people, and that is done in numerous ways and through many activities and programs that concern marginalized women and children.
Since its launching of the first Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) in 1964 with the opening of the first Blood Bank in Beirut, the demand for such crucial services in Lebanon brought the LRC to open several ones.
Today, LRC counts 13 BTS in the six governorates of Lebanon. Blood can be donated at the LRC BTS, as well as during the occasional blood drives of the LRC. You can always be up-to-date with the locations of the blood drives of the LRC through their social media accounts.
The Lebanese Red Cross Youth Department was created in 1950. Today, the department encompasses around 1700 volunteers distributed in 35 centers and clubs across Lebanon.
Youth volunteers participate in extensive training courses and workshops to enhance their abilities and skills to fulfill the tasks they are responsible for.
Most training courses are taken under the name of one of the three main programs they have: Humanitarian Principles and Values, Youth and Health, and Environmental and Health Awareness. The Youth volunteers carry out several activities directed toward a large segment of Lebanese society.
The activities mainly aim to spread awareness on means to erase wrong practices that fragment society and introduce youth and children to some life skills they are not aware of. The door is opened to volunteers at any club or center once a year or when needed through announcements posted at centers, universities, and schools or through the Red Cross website.
Working on the immediate response to save the most vulnerable and needy during disasters, crises, emergencies, and security incidents, as well as the preparation and readiness to limit risks, the Lebanese Red Cross has a special unit just for disaster management.
As a consequence of the 2011 Syrian crisis, the arrival of nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees to Lebanon, and the urgent need to support and help them overcome the catastrophe, the Disaster Management Unit was activated.
The work mainly focuses on providing a glimpse of peace to the refugees, helping the local community in distributing food and non-food items and implementing some programs to help improve their living conditions.
Faculty of Nursing Sciences:The School of Nursing was first established on November 27, 1947, as the first nursing school in Lebanon.
Located in Baabda, it provides interactive education and specialized clinical training to its students with affordable tuitions, following the principles and recommendations of the International Committee of Red Cross, Red Crescent Movement, and the International Council of Nursing.
Nursing Institutes: The Lebanese Red Cross nursing institute was founded on November 27, 1947, and it was the first nursing in Lebanon. Located then at Spears Street in Beirut, the nursing institutes now are located in Saida, Falougha, and Tripoli.
The graduates have the opportunity to continue their studies and get a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Nursing Sciences at The Lebanese Red Cross – Baabda.
First Aid Training: Teaching First Aid is one of the main services offered by the Lebanese Red Cross to local communities. Under the slogan “Every Citizen is a First Aider”, the LRC started teaching first aid in 1952.
The sessions aim to raise awareness in communities and enable individuals to perform adequate acts of help to reduce danger when any accident or incident occurs. Needless to say that an individual trained in first aid can be of great help at home and around him or her any time, and be a preventer of injuries escalating.
To be noted, the estimated number of beneficiaries in Lebanon is between 20,000-25,000 citizens annually. It is so important to know how to act when you or people around you are in a serious incident and know the do’s and dont’s.
We do encourage every individual to take that training, for everyone could be a lifesaver any time. You may register for a first aid training session at: https://savelives.me/first-aid/