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Welcome

Welcome to the website of the voluntary services team of the German Red Cross federal state association of Saxony-Anhalt

The German Red Cross is offering the possibility to work as a volunteer since 1964. Every year about 10.000 people embrace that offer. In Saxony-Anhalt several hundred persons per annum serve as volunteers.

Voluntary work offers the chance to imminently enter work life on the basis of personal contact with people. Practical aspects of learning processes are combined with vivid seminars that accompany the work as a volunteer. Helping and learning inspire eachother.

Personal effort is in this context worth more than testable knowledge or marks. The volunteers get responses to their actions. They see and feel what they cause and achieve as well as they recognize what they are able to do. They develop a feel for their own strenghts and weaknesses.

History

The story of an idea

Henry Dunant - We are obliged to work in a way that suits him fine ... 

Nobel Peace Prizewinner 1901

Principles

The principles of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent

 

The principles were proclaimed in 1965 in Vienna by the 20th international Red Cross conference. The available text is adapted to the statutes that have been acclaimed later on at the 25th international Red Cross conference in 1986 in Geneva.

Source: www.drk.de

Humanity

The international Red Cross and Red Crescent are created from the intention to indiscriminately help the wounded on the battlefields, keen to prevent and relieve suffering anywhere at anytime. The movement is eager to protect life and health as well as to earn respect to human dignity. It supports mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and durable peace throughout all people.

Impartiality

The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement does not distinguish between nationalities, race, religion, status or political convictions. It is plainly keen to help people by taking the specific degree of their distress in consideration and giving priority to urgent cases.

Neutrality

To keep the confidence of everyone the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement refrains from participating in any hostility as well as in political, racial, religious or ideological quarrels. 

Independence

The Red Cross and Red Crescent are independent. Even though national associations are subjected to state authorities and laws, in case of humanitarian activities, the movement has to keep a certain independence that allows to act on the basis of the principles of the Red Cross and the Red crescent.

Voluntary nature

The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is the embodiment of voluntary and unselfish help without any profit aspirations.

Unity

In every country there can be only one Red Cross and Red Crescent society. It has to be open to everyone and to perform humanitarian activities throughout the whole sphere of influence.

Universality

The Red Cross and the Red Crescent are organisations that have a global extension at one's disposal. Every national association has got the same rights and is obliged to help other associations. 

 

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