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Some of the programme beneficiaries redeem their vouchers durimg the 2nd Phase of the programme in 2011

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has launched its USD1.4million Japanese government supported Food Voucher programme at Tendayi Hall in Bindura. This Japanese Government – Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Food Security programme has entered phase 3 since 2010 and is benefiting 5 provinces namely Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West, Matebeleland South, Manicaland and Masvingo.

Of this project, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Acting Secretary General Mr Lucky Goteka said it is one of the many interventions through which the National Red Cross Society is answering to the clarion humanitarian call in Zimbabwe. “As an auxiliary to the government of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has got a role to play in alleviating human suffering, hunger included. I am thus happy to say the Japanese Government through the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has availed resources towards successful implementation of this food security programme. It is my hope that this particular project will achieve the expected success and impact that all the previous Red Cross humanitarian programmes across Zimbabwe have achieved.”

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By Takemore Mazuruse

jap-rcThe global Red Cross and Red Crescent movement on Saturday the 13th of October joins the world in commemorating World Disaster Day. Commonly referred to as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the day is a celebration of how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by fostering community based solutions to disasters.The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. The theme for the 2012 commemorations is “Women and Girls: the (in)Visible Force of Resilience”.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Originally

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By Takemore Mazuruse

A new and substantive Board has been elected for the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society. This follows the hosting of the humanitarian organisation's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in December 2012 in Harare. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has been operating without a substantive Board following the passing on of the organisation's National President Mr Lemon Sigauke Shumba.

Read more: New Board for Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

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By Takemore Mazuruse

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society's newly appointed Secretary General Mr Maxwell Phiri has highlighted that good times will roll again for the National Society. Mr Maxwell Phiri who assumed office on 1 January 2013 was appointed substantive Secretary General of the National Society following interviews conducted by the new Board which was elected in December 2012. He takes over from Mr Lucky Goteka who acted as the Secretary General following the resignation of Mrs Kundishora in June 2012.

Of his appointment, Mr Phiri said this was more of a challenge than a promotion in view of the challenges which the organisation needs to circumvent. "I take it that this appointment is a call for commitment and unit of purpose amongst staff, the board, our partners and other stakeholders so that together we can work towards a stronger National Society. A national Society that can adequately respond to the emergency and developmental needs of all vulnerable people in Zimbabwe".

Read more: Zim Red Cross - Dawn of a New Era

muzarabani intervention 004By Takemore Mazuruse

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has called for support towards its ongoing response to the nationwide storm disasters and flooding as well as the Chitungwiza blast that has claimed over 15 lives to date. The storm disasters and flooding in particular have destroyed homes and killed more than 10 people, destroyed and contaminated water sources at the same time affecting food stocks and crops in the field.

Mr Desmond Mudombi who is the organisation's National Disaster Management Coordinator said it was imperative that all partners and stakeholders of the organisation come on board and help lessen the burden as well as minimise the suffering of the affected communities. "As a disaster relief organisation and a member of the government mandated Civil Protection Unit (CPU), the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has assisted the affected communities by availing tents for temporary shelter, blankets, buckets for safe water storage, water tablets for water treatment, tarpaulins. polythene plastics for  construction of temporary latrines, soap and jik as well as food packs in some instances. However, our supplies are not adequate given the swelling numbers of targeted beneficiaries and we call on our traditional partners, Corporates, individual philanthropists and members of the public to join us in our disaster response drive."

Read more: Red Cross calls fror Disaster Response Support