2017 is upon us and the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society together with other humanitarian players continues to grapple with competing humanitarin challenges among them the nationwide food insecurity. At this juncture, it is imperative that Zimbabweans from all walks of life play a part in contributing to the efforts by governement and other relevant stakeholders in the fight against drought. We are however encouraged by the meaningful rains we continue receiving and we hope for a better agricultural season. 

Indeed the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society continues answering to the clarion humanitarian call through its nationwide programmes in an impartial, neutral and independent manner. For the benefit of those not in the know, we are not an NGO but a humanitarian organisation which is auxilliary to governement humanitarian efforts and enacted through an Act of Parliament, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Act Chapter No 30 of 1981 also known as Chapter 17.08. Our operations are both emergency and developmental so that while addressing the present pressing needs of beneficiary communities we also inculcate community based or home grown solutions to their problems to foster self-sustenance. 

Our programmes provide a holistic approach to the diverse humanitarian challenges affecting Zimbabwe and these include Food Security and Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation, Disaster Management and Preparedness, Health and Social Services, Restoration of Family Links, Organisational and Youth Development  as well as First Aid and Nurse Aide training. We are also happy to annouce that we have introduced two new programme components for this year namely Migration and Urban Disaster Risk Reduction. These we believe will enhance our operations and humanitarian reach.

Special mention goes to our volunteers and staff, Partner National Societies like the British Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, American Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, the International Commitee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), other humanitarian agencies, corporates and individual philanthropists for their continued support. Together we will make the world a better place for the less priviledged. 

It is our hope that 2017 will be a better year and we take this opportunity to wish all our partners, the Red Cross family and relevant stakeholders a fruitful 2016. As the in-country chapter of the global Red Cross movement, we will continue with our life saving programmes and we pray for your continued support. Together for Humanity!!!