Established in March 1978 as Qatar's first volunteering charitable organization, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) works to help and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. QRCS is an active member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which comprises the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and a network of National Societies in 190 countries. It is also a member of several regional and Islamic organizations, including the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC) and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO).
QRCS has a principal mandate of providing a wide range of relief and development services, both locally and internationally, capitalizing on its resourceful and specialist staff and volunteers. Throughout its long history, QRCS has been serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts, in light of its central mission of improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity inside and outside of Qatar. In all of this, QRCS is inspired by the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
"Saving Lives and Preserving Dignity" is the slogan that QRCS adopts for its strategy, reflecting its ambition and aim to be an inspiration for important but realistic change. This strategy is different from its predecessors because it represents a wider humanitarian reality and an organization that has grown in capabilities and stature. QRCS's distinctive status enables it to work, collaborate, initiate, and lead the way for improvement of the humanitarian situation worldwide.
Saving lives is what we strive for. Currently, weak and vulnerable people all over the world lack access to the resources necessary to live in safety and peace. They live in fear, without security, health, or livelihood services as a result of natural disasters, conflicts, or widespread epidemics, which leave them feeling desperate and helpless.
Preserved dignity is crucial to our work. We aim always to establish and protect the rights of those we work with, avoiding the marginalization of people on the basis of social or economic differences.