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Our History

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was established on 21 December 1965 through the Kenya Red Cross Society Act. (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya). Its Constitution is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 to which Kenya is a signatory.

The National Society was officially recognized by the Government in the Kenya Red Cross Society Act (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya) as a voluntary aid Society auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and as the only National Red Cross Society that carries out its activities in the Kenyan territory. In relation to public authorities, the Society maintains an autonomy, which allows it to act at all times in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Cresent Movement.

As auxiliary to the national and county governments, we will work with our communities, volunteers and partners to ensure we prepare for and respond to our humanitarian and development needs. We will focus our collective capabilities and resources to alleviate human suffering and save lives.

Over the years, KRCS has remained the leading humanitarian agency and the strongest humanitarian brand in Kenya, the East Africa region and Africa. This is evident with the level of expectation and confidence that the communities in Kenya have bestowed on the Society. At national level, operations are spearheaded by a management team led by the Secretary General while at county level, KRCS is governed by boards and administratively managed by a Regional Manager.

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Our Vision

A sustainable, effective and trusted humanitarian organization serving present and future generations.

Our Core Values

Innovation

For us, this means creating opportunities and creative solutions: we will continue to identify and explore unchartered opportunities for growth and sustainability, mitigate risks, and provide the best humanitarian services that we can.

Respect

We will serve with respect, honouring the people we serve, our communities, partners and one another. We will highly value the relationships we build with our communities, partners, stakeholders and each other.

Integrity

We will be consistent, honest, accountable and transparent in what we say and do. We will safeguard the integrity and dignity of those we serve.

Service to Humanity

Embodying responsibility, accountability and commitment – we will faithfully execute the duties and responsibilities entrusted to us and maintain the highest ethical and professional humanitarian standards.

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