Seven Fundamental Principles

We do this without discriminating based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles provide an ethical, operational and institutional framework to the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. These seven principles are at the core of our approach to helping people in need and  guide us in our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

What we do and our results

Our national strategies focus on emergency response, volunteer assistance, first aid at events, first aid training, and assisted self-reliance. We also work on ‘tracing and support’ by restoring family links, provide war aftercare and we support foreign victims of human trafficking. Our final focus is on increasing respect and willingness to help.

In 2018 we helped thousands of people in the Netherlands. Our response and Ready2Help teams assisted during 68 operations, varying from evacuations to reinforcement of dikes. At more than 10,000 events, participants and visitors could count on our support. And we informed 38,000 persons on how to prepare themselves and how to increase their self-reliance. As guardians of international humanitarian law, we also reached out to 35,000 young people through educational programmes and other activities.

In 2018 the Netherlands Red Cross was active in 51 countries. We spent € 23.3 million on 146 emergency relief programmes in 45 countries. The food, clean drinking water, shelter and medical care we provide in those emergency programmes save lives.

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