Addis Ababa April 13/2018 President Mulatu Teshome lauded the Ethiopian Red Cross Society for providing support for more than 1 million victims of natural and manmade disasters during the past four years.
The President, who is also patron of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, said the Society has in addition to distributing food and clothes provided agricultural tools to victims of drought, erratic rain, fire, conflict, acute diarrhea and landslide.
Addressing the Society’s 18th General Assembly that opened today, the President said the humanitarian support, including provision of food, non-food items, and water, are encouraging.
The President added that ERCS has also contributed towards addressing the challenges the nation faced due to climate change related problems caused by El Nino.
It was learnt that the Society has supported 609,515 victims of El Nino with partners during the stated period.
A total of 36,507,254 birr was expended to address the problems and support of humanitarian activities in 2016/17.
Mulatu suggested that the Society improves strategies and mechanisms by utilizing its 82 years of experience, the resources gained from the government, members, volunteers, and partners to realize its projects.
The President said the government will strengthen its support for the society to fulfill its vision.
ERCS President Dr. Ahmed Reja said the Ethiopian Red Cross Society is striving to extend its support for all Ethiopians equally whenever and wherever they need assistance.
In this regard, he said, today's general assembly meeting will enable the Society to set directions that help it strengthen its assistance in the near future.
The re-establishment Charter of ERCS approved by the House of People's Representatives this year will enable the Society to strengthen its activities, he added.
Head of Delegation for International Red Cross Society in Ethiopia, James Reynolds said IRCS will help Ethiopian Red Cross Society in its efforts.
In this regard, the ERCS and IRCS have signed Partnership Framework of Agreement (PFA) to work collaboratively in program areas for three years (2018-2020), he added.
He stated that the partnership framework will help Ethiopian Red Cross Society in areas of emergency response, family reintegration, micro-economic initiatives, and other areas.
The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) was established in 1935.