Vision and Mission

Our Principles:

Humanity         Impartiality          Neutrality         Independence        Voluntary service      Unity          Universality

Our Vision: “Communities vulnerable to risks and hazards are resilient and treated with respect and dignity”

Our Mission: “Enhance volunteer actions, maximize capacities and mobilize resources to build community resilience and create a safer environment for those exposed to disasters, emergencies and social exclusions”


Established in 1936, we’ve been a beacon of hope and assistance for communities across Sri Lanka. Formerly known as the Ceylon Red Cross Society, we’ve been proudly serving under various names, but our commitment remains steadfast.

Recognized internationally by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and admitted into the League of Red Cross Societies in 1952, our journey has been one of dedication and service. Renamed as the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in 1972, we’ve continued to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of our nation.

With a strong foundation laid by a Royal Charter in 1951 and further recognition as a charitable organization by the Finance Ministry, our roots run deep in humanitarian values.

In 2002, we embraced a new constitution and organizational changes, reflecting our commitment to progress and efficiency. Our National Headquarters boasts a dedicated core management team led by the Director General. Supported by seven “Focal Points” overseeing key areas such as Disaster Management, Health, and Finance, our programs are executed with precision and care.

Spanning across all 25 administrative districts of Sri Lanka, our 25 branches ensure that help is never far away when it’s needed the most. At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to the Seville Agreement of the Movement. Through partnerships outlined in our Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding, we ensure that every initiative is carried out with integrity and purpose.

In 2004, our resolve was further strengthened with the signing of an International Federation Status Agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka, solidifying our role in the global humanitarian network. Today, we stand proud with a membership of 100,000 and an army of 6,500 active volunteers, ready to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Join us in our mission to bring relief, hope, and support to communities across Sri Lanka.