The Red Cross is committed to building a future for underprivileged children
In France, 3 million poor children are directly affected by the precarious situation in which their parents live. So how do we build a future? How can we cope with the vagaries of life when the foundations are already fragile? The French Red Cross, which has always been involved in children's issues, continues its commitment to working with families and is committed to fighting social inequalities from an early age.
The action of the French Red Cross aims to respond as closely as possible to the needs of families, in a logic of global support but also prevention.
Thanks to a complementary approach, our volunteer and salaried teams thus accompany parents through material aids but also in their educational role, guaranteeing access to care, education and culture.
Socio-economic difficulties particularly affect parents without a diploma, single parents, single-parent families and the unemployed. It is towards these audiences in particular that the French Red Cross is mobilizing more particularly by offering support to parents.
RED TOUCH' DAY 2017
Red Touch' Day is a day of action and expression that highlights the diversity of actions carried out by all audiences, highlights Red Touch, the call for initiatives of the French Red Cross, and promotes another image of society: an actress of change and solidarity!
Since 2012, the French Red Cross has been organising a Red Touch' Day event. Each year is an opportunity to address a different theme (social ties, the environment, the fight against prejudice etc.).
The theme for this year 2017 is commitment within everyone's reach!
This year, more than 45 Red Cross local organisations took part in this day of action and promoted Red Touch' to the general public.
On the programme: construction of all kinds of solidarity-related furniture by and for all French Red Cross actors, as well as the general public. A library for access to culture, a bench for social ties, a compost bin for the respect of the environment... So many objects carrying meaning that will find an immediate useful for each and every one of us!
"Celebrate!" The French Red Cross is organising festive and solidarity events all over France for the year-end celebrations
From December 1 to January 15, the French Red Cross is organising "Celebrate" ! This is her annual event to offer the people she accompanies a special opportunity to rebuild social and family ties that are particularly important at this time of year. Over the past eleven years, hundreds of festive and solidarity events have benefited more than 500,000 people and allowed them to spend happy and warm holidays at the end of the year.
Hurricane Irma - Two months later, the French Red Cross launched its post-emergency actions to respond the social emergency and better prepare local populations for the risks
Two months ago, hurricanes Irma, José and Maria, of extreme violence, devastated the Caribbean, particularly St. Martin and St. Bartholomew's, causing considerable damages.
After nine weeks of emergency action, which required the mobilization of more than 400 team members, the President of the French Red Cross, Jean-Jacques ELEDJAM, is on site to launch post-emergency actions. The priority: in a context of high exposure to climatic disasters, define with local authorities a global support, taking into account the most precarious situation and with a view to reducing health and social risks.
"The imperative is to promote the emergence of a more cohesive and coherent society on the rubble of hurricanes, which we would also like to see overcome the evils of a collective that is too vulnerable". Professor Jean-Jacques Eledjam, President of the French Red Cross.
As a reminder, some key figures of the actions carried out:
- 410 metropolitan and overseas crew members mobilized in the West Indies since 6 September from more than 67 departments. On average, 130 volunteers engaged each day
- 12 water reservoirs installed on the island, equipped with sanitary water distribution ramps that provided 80,000 litres of water each day.
- More than 11,000 people welcomed at Saint-Martin and Pointe-à-Pitre airports
Distribution of basic necessities :
- 3,656 hygiene kits
- 1,328 cleaning kits
- 568 solar lamps (also used to recharge laptops)
- 8,411 jerricans
- 1,688 kitchen kits
- 1,363 shelter and tarpaulin kits
- 2,367 mosquito nets
- 5,653 beneficiaries seen at distribution points or during marauders meeting isolated or reduced-mobility people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods