Honiara, 22 March 2017 - The Solomon Islands Red Cross today launched its Strategic Plan for the next four years, with the aim of reaching 30 per cent of the population by the end of 2020.
The Strategic Plan is the culmination of six months’ work and consultation with staff, members and volunteers, as well as stakeholders and communities.
The plan has three goals – to improve community resilience, to build a strong Red Cross National Society, and to strengthen influence and partnerships with key partners and stakeholders.
These goals will help the Red Cross to achieve its mission: “To prevent and alleviate suffering by working with communities and partners providing quality humanitarian services to vulnerable people, in accordance with Fundamental Principles of the Movement.”
The Solomon Islands Red Cross Secretary General Thomas Bebeu says the main change in direction will be the decentralisation of Red Cross work from headquarters to the branches.
“We will be driven by volunteers and members in our branches. A strong branch network is critical for our sustainability and for our responsibilities to the Solomon Islands government,” says Mr Bebeu.
The Red Cross will form new branches in Makira, Isabel and Choiseul provinces.
The plan also mentions investing more time and resources in Red Cross volunteers, forming new domestic partnerships and helping communities to become more resilient to disasters and emergencies.
“We will also be trying to increase our pool of voluntary non-remunerated blood donors, encouraging more youth to join the Red Cross and continuing to support the education of children with special needs through the Red Cross Special Development Centre,” Mr Bebeu adds.
“I look forward to leading the Solomon Islands Red Cross as it works towards achieving these goals.”
The launch was attended by government representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, friends and partners of the Red Cross, Solomon Islands Red Cross board, management, members, volunteers and staff, and students from the Special Development Centre who performed a traditional dance to mark the occasion.
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