MANDATE AND MISSION
“To be a leading voluntary organisation rendering relevant humanitarian services to the most vulnerable people in Lesotho”
“To alleviate human suffering by promoting capacity in building resilience of the most vulnerable communities in Lesotho as well as inspiring, attracting and retaining skills and partners”.
In All Our Dealings We Shall Observe The Following Principles:
To involve all the various structures within the Lesotho Red Cross Society in decision-making and planning.
To increase the capacity of the Divisions and Branches to implement Red Cross activities.
To develop the financial and material resource base of Lesotho Red Cross Society.
To improve the ability of volunteers and staff to undertake Red Cross activities in an efficient and cost effective way.
Red Cross Image:
To improve the image of the Lesotho Red Cross Society.
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE MOVEMENT
The Red Cross was born of desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours – in its international and national capacity – to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all people.
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, political opinion, sexual orientation. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
The Red Cross is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross principles.
The Red Cross is a voluntary organization not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
There can be only one Red Cross Society in any country. It must carry out its humanitarian work throughout the territory.
The Red Cross is a world-wide institution in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.
HISTORY OF LESOTHO RED CROSS SOCIETY (LRCS)
Red Cross activities in Lesotho began in 1949 as the Basutoland branch of the British Red Cross Society.
The then activities of the Society comprised mainly of health clinic operations, to support government’s health programmes.
A few volunteers did relief work on an ad hoc basis. When Lesotho becam independent on October 4 1966, steps were taken to form a National Society in the country.
Initially a branch of the British Red Cross, the Lesotho Red Cross Society was established on November 9 1967 by an Act of Parliament number 31 as a voluntary aid Society auxiliary to health authorities.
Its Constitution is based on the Geneva Conventions to which Lesotho is party and on the Fundamental Principles.
The Society was recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and on September 7th1971 and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on October 7th 1971.
ts headquarters is located in Maseru; the capital town of Lesotho and it has a Divisions in each of the country’s ten districts.