Cyprus Red Cross
3 Kypriakos Erythros Stavros street
2063 Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus
P.O. Box 25374, 1309 Nicosia, Cyprus
Telephone: (+357) 22 666955
Fax: (+357) 22 666956
Annual Report 2013
Previous Annual Reports:
Annual Report 2012
The Cyprus Red Cross Society (C.R.C.S.) was founded in 1950 as a branch of the British Red Cross. After the nomination of the Cyprus Democracy, and once Cyprus had access to the conditions of Geneva, the C.R.C.S., was established as legal on the basis of Law 39 of 1967.The C.R.C.S., just like every Red Cross, immediately adopted the principles which govern the existence and define the nature of the organization. From the start, it functioned on a Pancyprian scale and its members came from all communities of the country, Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Maronites, Latins, English and other foreigners which lived in Cyprus.
The C.R.C.S. was recognized on the 23February 2012, by the International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) and admitted on the 12 November 2013 in the Internation Ferederation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and constitutes the 188th member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.
The C.R.C.S. is the largest organization of Cyprus and amongst others it helps prevent and alleviate human suffering and supports individuals and communities prepare for, and respond to emergencies, in times of peace and war, without any discrimination as to race, gender, age, social, religion or politics. Specifically it offers material and ethical support to the poor, ill and disabled, grants wheelchairs, gives special help to patients, disabled, elderly etc, helps cover all the needs of those who are captured, offers First Aid lessons, organizes blood donations, helps confront emergencies, covers the needs of migrants, organizes campaigns for various social, environmental, health issues, offers tracing services and restoring family links etc.
Its largest activity in Cyprus is the functioning of the Children Therapy Centre Stella Soulioti (former Home for SickChildren)in Limassol. There, children aged up to 18 years oldwith severe physical disabilities, such as brain paralysis, muscle dystrophy, various syndromes and other serious developmental and mobility problems are cared for. In parallel, with medical and nursing instructions, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy is offered to the children and special help is provided so that they can move easier.
Particular emphasis is given to the appropriate entertainment of the children, to the creation of a family atmosphere, to their incorporation into society and generally to offer a better quality of life.
In response to calls of the International Red Cross, humanitarian help is sent and financial contribution is given to cope with disasters in all areas of the world and it undertakes major projects such as the resurgence of the Hospital in Sri Lanka and it helps the resurgence of a second hospital in Badulla for the victims of the Tsunami, the resurgence of the Community Health Centre in municipality Oleni, in the fire-affected area of Peloponissos, the future resurgence and function of the Telephone Communication Centre for emergencies in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and the commencement of the resurgence of two Ambulance stations is Gaza.