Who we are?
The Latvian Red Cross is a non-governmental non-profit volunteer-led humanitarian organization. Its operations cover the whole territory of Latvia. LRC Committees are located in each district having their branches in cities, municipalities and organisations all around Latvia. LRC provides assistance as close as possible to the places of residence of the population.
LRC supports the public authorities in their humanitarian tasks, according to the needs of the people of Latvia. LRC helps people in crisis, regardless of their nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
In its work LRC is guided by the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.
The key focus areas of our work in Latvia are:
Currently LRC`s work is supported by:
11 244 members
1 363 volunteers
19 Youth groups
Annual report 2011
Annual report 2010
History of Red Cross in Latvia
On November 18, 1918, the Republic of Latvia was proclaimed as an independent democratic state. Just two days later – on November 20, 1918 eminent Latvia`s doctors, lawyers, engineers and public officials signed a protocol, founding the first Latvian Red Cross Society (LRC). Dr. Janis Jankovskis became the first Head of the Society.
The society of Sisters of Mercy was founded in Latvia in 1922. The first Latvian Red Cross Youth groups appeared in 1923. Later that same year (1923) LRC was recognized by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
LRC actively cooperates with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and National Societies in other countries.