The Formation of NRCS
Known as SWA Red Cross, NRCS was established in 1954 under a branch of the South Africa Red Cross society. As auxiliary to the South African Defense Force under the leadership of Mrs. Ruth Kiwi the branch was staffed with white Namibians until 1990. They had close links with Germany Red Cross Society. Activities were running of day care centers, distribution of food and other relief materials to the most vulnerable people. It is a requirement that the state must be independent to have its own society; hence the presence of the SARCS branch since 1954 in what was known South West Africa.
After the Independence the country also obtained a status to have its own Red Cross society.
Preparations for the transformation of the society from the South African Red Cross branch to Namibia Red Cross Branch started as early as 1990. Documents were processed to change the name while the Red Cross Act was busy drafted. In November 1991, an Act 16 of 1991 was promulgated and the first Annual General assembly was held February 1992, marking the official establishment of the Namibian Red Cross Society known as Namibia Red Cross Society.
This period was distinct change in many facets of the organization. The members of the governance board left, so are most of the white staff members, leaving very little institutional memory and capacity. It was noticed that as the white Namibians left the society, they took along their connections to the funders local and international and well as members of the Red Cross.
Namibia Red Cross Society is a national humanitarian organization, established by an Act of Parliament, Act 16 of 1991 following Namibia’s independence, as a voluntary aid national society auxiliary to public authorities. The Namibia Red Cross Society is one of the youthful National Red Cross Societies in the southern part of Africa. Since inception the NRCS has been enjoying high visibility and a positive image nationally and internationally. These attributes attract both local and international donors to support the National Society with technical and financial support.
We are volunteer-led humanitarian organization that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.
Following its recognition by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in March 1993, and admittance as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross
And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in October the same year, the NRCS implements humanitarian services in the country within the framework of the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, its strategies, the Geneva Conventions, country strategies and plans.