75-year Vietnam Red Cross Society: For Everyone, in Everywhere

Since its establishment on November 23, 1946, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) has made great contributions to national construction and defense and poverty reduction and social welfare policy implementation. As a humanitarian and social organization which gathers all Vietnamese people at home and abroad regardless of their class, ethnicity, religion and gender to carry out humanitarian activities, the VRC is a member of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Throughout the glorious history of the nation, the VRC has contributed to ensuring political stability and implementing humanitarian activities to realize the International Humanitarian Law in Vietnam during the two resistance wars. In the “Doi Moi” (Renewal) cause, the VRC has been one of the pioneering organizations in supporting people hit by disasters inside and outside the country, contributing to implementing the foreign policy of the Party and State. After 75 years of development, to date, the VRC has had over 15,000 full-time officials, more than 3.4 million members, 383,000 volunteers and over 3.5 million youngsters and adolescents in 23,900 member organizations. In the past five years, the VRC has made positive contributions to major humanitarian movements and campaigns of the country. The program to support the poor and Agent Orange/dioxin victims in the Lunar New Year festival have raised nearly VND5.5 trillion, while the campaign of “Each organization, each individual sponsors a humanitarian address” has received VND536 billion for 415 addresses. The humanitarian blood donation program has also collected 6.5 million blood units. At the same time, VND1.93 trillion has been raised for disaster prevention and control activities. Particularly, in 2018, for the first time, the VRC launched a Humanitarian Month, which has become an annual event in May each year across the country since 2021, aiming to call for joint efforts in supporting the needy. After four years, the Humanitarian Month has assisted nearly 3.7 million people with total assistance of over VND1.54 trillion. Over the past two years, VND915 billion has been raised for COVID-19 prevention and control activities. In the 2020-2021 period, amid difficulties brought by COVID-19, the VRC has initiated many flexible humanitarian models, including the free rice ATM, support packages for people in locked-down areas, and assistance in farm produce sale. In the first half of 2021, total value of humanitarian aid that the VRC has raised reached over VND2.7 trillion for 10.3 million needy people. In recognition of the VRC’s contributions, the Party and State have presented many noble rewards to the organization, including the Labor Order, first class and second class, Independence Order, first class, and Ho Chi Minh Order (two times in 1998 and 2011). According to the VRC Central Committee, in the future, the VRC will focus on effectively organizing humanitarian models and activities, strengthening communications, developing its volunteer force and speeding up digital transformation to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. (Vietnam Plus)