Zimbabwe Red Cross Society to enhance its Financial Management

By Takemore Mazuruse

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society is on a drive to enhance its Financial Management following a successful workshop courtesy of Norwegian Red Cross. The workshop which was held from the 20th to the 22nd of June 2011 at the ZRCS National Training Centre in Westwood Harare was facilitated by Samuel Asamoah from Norwegian Red Cross and Offorbuike Nwobodo the International Federation of the Red Cross, IFCRC’s Head of Delegation in Zimbabwe. The Financial Management workshop covered key issues namely Organisational Development, Financial Management and Accountability, Corruption, Governance, Sustainability and Resource Mobilisation, Internal and External Auditing, Working Advance – document presentation; Terms of Reference and Volunteerism. All the topics covered are relevant in the progression of the National Society’s vision and mission.

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Results for the charity car raffle drawn on the 10th of September 2011 at Red Cross National Training Centre, 165 Kambuzuma Road, Westwood, Harare are as follows:

First Prize  - Audi A6 Car - ticket 025052 Bulawayo

Second Prize - 8 Cubic Feet Deep freezer - ticket 031579 Masvingo

Third Prize - DSTV Decoder with three months subscriptions - ticket  009812 Harare

Forth Prize - accommodation for 2 at Montclair Hotel in Nyanga - ticket 031626 Rutenga

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society would like to thank all who supported this worthy cause; it was all about raising awareness and supporting the humanitarian cause. We welcome your continued  support to the humanitarian work we are doing in Zimbabwe.

presidentZRCS National President Mr Lemon Sigauke Shumba

The late ZRCS National President Mr Lemon Sigauke Shumba

ZRCS National President passes away

By Takemore Mazuruse - Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Marketing and Public Relations Officer

The Zimbabwe Red Cross family learnt with great shock of the death of the organisation's National President Mr Lemon Sigauke Shumba. The Late Mr Shumba was a true visionary, an uncommon leader, orator par excellence, true volunteer, father of all and indeed the leading light of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society.

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img 1161David Peppiat and Diane Moody from British Red Cross gets a briefing from ZRCS Secretary General Mrs Emma Kundishora and other officers during a field visit in Shurigwi

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Hailed

 By Takemore Mazuruse

A visiting British Red Cross Delegation has hailed Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) for its humanitarian work in Zimbabwe. Speaking after a tour of British Red Cross funded Food Security and Livelihoods project areas in Mashonaland West and Midlands Province, David Peppiatt the International Director for British Red Cross said the Zimbabwe Red Cross was doing a lot to alleviate human suffering and capacitate the disadvantaged communities. Project areas that were toured include Hurungwe in Mashonaland West and Shurugwi in Midlands’s provinces.

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Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

Climate Change Project Proposal Writing Competition

University Red Cross Youth Clubs

 Project background

The Red Cross Red Crescent movement has been actively involved in the humanitarian consequences of climate change for more than a decade and particularly in recent years young people have been playing an ever growing role in responding to these challenges. In 2009, hundreds of youths of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement met in Solferino, Italy for the World Red Cross Youth meeting which had Climate Change as one of its key focus themes. A Youth Declaration and Call to Action was drafted which confirmed young people’s  commitment to live up to their commitments on climate change and make little moves every day,

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Red Cross Nurse Aides and staff offloading the donated noon food items at Rujeko Clinic in Dzivaresekwa 3

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, a local voluntary humanitarian organisation has responded to the Typhoid outbreak that has caused a scare in Harare’s Dzivarasekwa high Density suburb. A total of 81 suspected cases have been reported with suggestions that they may be more than have been discovered. The water situation in the high density suburb has not helped the situation with residents reportedly getting water during the night only. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society together with other humanitarian organisations is working with the City Health department to curb the crisis.

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Netherlands Red Cross salutes Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

By Takemore Mazuruse – Marketing and Public Relations Officer Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

A visiting Netherlands Red Cross delegation has saluted the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society for effectively implementing its Community Based HIV and AIDS programme in Manicaland. The Programme which covers wards 12, 15, 17 and 27 in Mutare Rural district and wards 19, 20, 21, 23 and 32 in Buhera district is funded by Netherlands Red Cross to the tune of USD86 612.80 running from 2011 to 2012.

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dsc 1214Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Commissions Disaster Preparedness Warehouse

By Takemore Mazuruse

Minister of Health and Child Welfare Dr Henry Madzorera and Norwegian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mrs Ingerbjorg Stofring commisions the new warehouse while the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Acting National President Mr Mandlamakhulu Moyo looks on

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) on Wednesday 7 March 2012 commissioned a USD217 000 warehouse in Gweru. The warehouse which has got a life span of 50-60 years and was funded by Norwegian Red Cross comes as a matter of humanitarian prudence for the organisation which also has disaster management and preparedness as one of its core activities. Other humanitarian programmes for the organisation include Food Security and Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation, Health and Social Services, Restoration of Family Links and other areas of interest like First Aid and Nurse Aide Training services.

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dsc 1214Zimbabwe Red Cross Society launches $3 286 121 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project

By Takemore Mazuruse

A beneficiary of the ZRCS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project pumps water from a rehabilitated borehole

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has launched a $3 286 121 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project (CHIWASH) in Chivi Masvingo. ZRCS is an impartial, neutral and independent voluntary humanitarian organisation which is there to complement government efforts in saving lives and alleviating human suffering wherever it maybe and however it is caused.  The 4 year project is part of the organisation’s nationwide humanitarian projects seeks to improve the health and quality of life of the vulnerable communities through increased access to safe and sustainable community managed water and sanitation hygiene promotion.

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img 0869Red Cross Nurse Aides Graduate

By Takemore Mazuruse

Graduating Nurse Aides Recite the Red Cross Creed ; a vow to provide humanitarian service and alleviate suffering wherever it is found and however it is caused

A total of 48 Red Cross Nurse Aides have graduated from the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society’s Nursing Services unit. The graduants; 45 females and 2 males had undergone a 3 month training coupled with attachment in leading private and government hospitals and other referral medical centres in Harare. Some of these hospitals include St Annes Hospital, Harare Hospital and KGV1 to name a few.

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Rangarirai Mahachi, one of the CHM-PSS participants receives his certificate of participation from (L to R), Guest of Honour from Civil Protection Unit Mr Nyoni, ZRCS Acting Secretary General Mr Lucky Goteka and the Norwegian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mrs Ingerbjorg Stofring

The Norwegian Red Cross in partnership with the Canadian and Australian Red Cross Society successfully organised a Community Health Module Psychosocial Support (CHM-PSS) Training Programme in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe from the 22nd of October to the 2nd of November 2012. CHM-PSS Training Coordinator Ms Tonje Tingberg from Norwegian Red Cross said the training sought to strengthen existing Red Cross health response units by focussing on a community level public health interventions, epidemic control and disease prevention in the field. Zimbabwe is the fourth country to host this training after Fiji, Canada and Solomon Islands and 53 of the participants came from countries like Norway, German, Australia, Croatia, France, Canada and Switzerland.

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