The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS), one of the 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world, was founded on July 8th, 1935, by government Decree, following the second Italian invasion of Ethiopia. It began by providing humanitarian services to wounded soldiers and civilian victims. That same year on the 25th of September 1935, ERCS was officially recognized as the 48th member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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To be the leading National Society in Africa

To prevent and alleviate human sufferings through appropriate and timely humanitarian and development interventions, contribute to the wellbeing of humankind and prevalence of peace by mobilizing the public and partners in Ethiopia and around the world.

  • Care – we care about plight of affected and vulnerable people
  • Learning – we believe in continuous learning and innovation
  • Sensitive – we are sensitive to time, gender, disabilities and environment
  • Solidarity – we collaborate with movement and non-movement partners to serve humanity
  • Integrity – we walk the talk and strive to be trustworthy

Our strategic priorities

Disaster Risk Management

This program encompasses a range of activities aimed at implementing both emergency response and humanitarian development.


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Peace Building

ERCS designed this new program primarily to play its part in the process of strengthening social cohesion and the prevalence of peace.


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Volunteers and Membership

As a volunteer and member-based Society, one of its top priorities is to increase their number and contribution in the humanitarian field.


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Image Building

The program is designed to bring the Red Cross and its humanitarian activities closer to the people.


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Capacity Building

Capacity Building is among the core programs of the Society to ensure humanitarian and development effectiveness.


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Resource Mobilization

This program is being realized through delivering lasting humanitarian and development support


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We wholeheartedly welcome you to join our humanitarian endeavor!

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