Humanitarian Values

Embracing Humanitarian Values: Our Pledge to Sri Lanka

At the core of our mission within the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) are the guiding principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. These seven Fundamental Humanitarian Principles—humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality—shape our commitment to alleviating human suffering and fostering peace while upholding the dignity of all.

Since our inception, the SLRCS has remained steadfast in its adherence to these principles and humanitarian values. Our dedication knows no bounds as we extend humanitarian aid to communities impacted by diverse crises, whether natural or man-made. Our assistance is solely based on the needs of those affected, devoid of any discrimination.

Fueled by these core principles, we strive to instill positive change in the communities we serve. We firmly believe that fostering an understanding of these principles can transform how people interact, fostering unity amidst diversity. Our diverse cadre of volunteers, representing various ages, faiths, and cultural backgrounds, seamlessly integrate within communities, honoring Sri Lanka’s rich tapestry of cultural heritage. Through our expansive volunteer network, we ensure the delivery of aid and services to even the most remote regions, bridging gaps and offering support where it’s needed most.

In a world grappling with escalating violence, transcending borders and boundaries, our mission expands to promote Humanitarian Values and community cohesion. Embedded within various social contexts, violence underscores the importance of fostering mutual respect and collective problem-solving within communities.

To realize this vision, the SLRCS initiates programs aimed at promoting the Seven Fundamental Humanitarian Principles and values such as preserving life, health, and dignity, fostering mutual understanding, and upholding non-discrimination. These initiatives aim to cultivate lasting peace and cooperation among communities, guided by the selfless service of volunteers.

Aligned with the Fundamental Principles, we collaborate with vulnerable individuals to prevent, mitigate, and respond to violence. Through advocacy and education, we seek to transform mindsets and behaviors, cultivating environments that prioritize human dignity and inclusivity.

Our dedication to Humanitarian Values permeates our organizational structure. The SLRCS National Headquarters boasts a dedicated department focused on promoting these values. Moreover, volunteers across our branches nationwide undergo training to disseminate and uphold the Red Cross Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values, ensuring effective outreach in local languages.

As we continue our mission, we remain steadfast in our commitment to championing these fundamental values, striving to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities across Sri Lanka.