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  1. 1. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross St. Lucia Red Cross UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Course Code: BHSC-100LB Presented by: Kelly-Ann Cornibert (ID# 201307245) Presented to: Mr Linley Beckles
  2. 2. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross Introduction / Report with person who run the institution Mrs. T. Gillard Mr. Pierre Director Disaster Officer I have Chosen St. Lucia Red Cross as my NGO. The director of this organization is Mrs. Terencia Gillard, with Mr. Pierre as the Disaster Officer. The St. Lucia Red Cross which was founded in 1949 is a Non- governmental / non-profit making organisation located in Vigie, Castries. It is a voluntary auxiliary to the government in its humanitarian services. This organisation is responsible for the development programs and outreach services in St Lucia. Its mission is, as Mrs. Gillard puts it is to “alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable”. This institution offers a diverse number of services which includes: o First Aid Service and Training for individuals and companies o Restoring Family Links o Community Disaster Management o Armed Forces Emergency Service o Disaster Relief o HIV Education o Youth Development
  3. 3. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Mrs. Gillard stated that the Red Cross idea was originally born in 1859, when Henry Dunant came upon the scene of a bloody battle between two armies where men lacked medical attention. Dunant organized local people to bind the soldiers' wounds, to feed and comfort them. The Red Cross is identified by a red cross on a white background. Community Disaster Response Team putting plans in place for the upcoming hurricane season. Answers to the interview questions conducted Q. What is the Red Cross organisation about? The St. Lucia Red Cross is a Non-governmental organisation which provides humanitarian services. This organisation is responsible for the development programmes and outreach services in St Lucia as it seeks to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable in the country. Q. What inspired you to become a part of this organisation? Mrs. Gillard stated that she sees the need for relief and assistance in the time of disaster, whether major or minute. “One individual can make a big change, I want to be that individual. I want
  4. 4. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross persons to know that in the time of dire need there is relief, seeing the smiles on person’s faces when they see the Red Cross team coming their way makes me smile, this gives me a boost and keeps me going. Q. Is the task of the Director and the Red Cross team challenging? “Meeting the needs of individuals can be quite a challenge especially in times of a major disaster, but thanks to our volunteers , individuals, and companies who lend a helping hand, monetary contribution, food items, water etc. They make the task less strenuous”. Q. How do you and the rest or the organisation go about assisting persons in need? The Red Cross team consist of different sub groups responsible for specific tasks. Depending on the situation a team will respond in a timely manner to provide for individuals need which may include the distribution of hygiene kits, kitchen sets, blankets, clothing, tarpaulins, jerry-cans, buckets, food and water to the individual. Q. What services does the Organisation provide? The institution offers a diverse number of services which includes First Aid and CPR training for individuals or companies in order to have persons equipped with the basics in time of an emergency, restoring family links, Community Disaster Management, Armed Forces Emergency Service, Disaster Relief, HIV Education, Youth Development. Q. How can one become a volunteer member? Any interested individual can walk into the office and request to become a voluntary member of the association. A volunteer form should be filled and training will be received subsequently.
  5. 5. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross Five (5) LESSONS learned about good service? • St. Lucia was recently under a Storm watch where the country was shut down for one (1) day. The Director and the St. Lucia Red Cross has been busy due to this situation. When I first requested to go the office to speak to the director she was hesitant as she informed me that is was a bad time to come is as there was so much work to be done. A. C began to assist me where possible. However, the next day Mrs. Gillard was receptive and regardless of all the work to be done took time out to answer my questions and assist me with information. I learnt that regardless of what has to be done simply taking a few minutes off from one’s busy schedule can assist another greatly. • Serve - The Red Cross advocacy and communication drive is based on the humanitarian Pandemic preparations model. • Express the love and commitment for what you do. The Red Cross teams are determined to do all they can to bring relief aid in a timely manner to all those who are affected. • St. Lucia Red Cross trains persons who are interested to offer services voluntarily to broaden their scope when assisting and providing service • Be empathetic show persons you care. St. Lucia Red Cross has a disaster team in every district to assist with communication and dialogue. Gesture
  6. 6. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross I did not think a fruit basket was appropriate for this organization and so I have donated a case of bottled water. I also filled a form to become a volunteer and I would love to be part of this amazing movement. I have also made a pledge to be a monthly contributor. The director was elated to have a nurse on the volunteer team. How this exercise made me feel This exercise has opened my eyes allowing me a greater view of what the Red Cross organization is and what services it provides to the country at large. I was intrigued and became a volunteer as well as I have pledged to be a monthly donator. One of my long term goals is to specialize in clinical psychology, I look forward in using this to assist the Red Cross organization in debriefing persons after a crisis, whether natural disaster, domestic and so on. I enjoyed this experience. The St. Lucia Red Cross is meeting their goals. Sometimes it is difficult but the job gets done. The Red Cross seek those who are needy and assessments are properly done. They go house to house by feet. They are well known as a voluntary and humanitarian group. The Red Cross is colouring blind, as it is a neutral ground on the battle field. It has been diagnosed with this since its inception.
  7. 7. Report on St.Lucia Red Cross I did not think a fruit basket was appropriate for this organization and so I have donated a case of bottled water. I also filled a form to become a volunteer and I would love to be part of this amazing movement. I have also made a pledge to be a monthly contributor. The director was elated to have a nurse on the volunteer team. How this exercise made me feel This exercise has opened my eyes allowing me a greater view of what the Red Cross organization is and what services it provides to the country at large. I was intrigued and became a volunteer as well as I have pledged to be a monthly donator. One of my long term goals is to specialize in clinical psychology, I look forward in using this to assist the Red Cross organization in debriefing persons after a crisis, whether natural disaster, domestic and so on. I enjoyed this experience. The St. Lucia Red Cross is meeting their goals. Sometimes it is difficult but the job gets done. The Red Cross seek those who are needy and assessments are properly done. They go house to house by feet. They are well known as a voluntary and humanitarian group. The Red Cross is colouring blind, as it is a neutral ground on the battle field. It has been diagnosed with this since its inception.

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