The Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is celebrating 80 years of humanitarian activity. Celebrations include a special concert and awards to the Society's most active staff and volunteers. The first edition of its new magazine, Charity was issued to coincide with the anniversary, as well as a documentary film. Today, the National Society, with support from the International Federation, runs a number of programmes, including visiting nurses who care for some 7,000 poor pensioners who live alone, and first aid training in schools. The Azerbaijan Red Crescent is also working in the camps set up in the southern part of the country where displaced people receive assistance in the form of agricultural programmes, potable water and psycho-social assistance. A training centre opened this week in Baku for young displaced women, who will be trained in computer, business and marketing skills, in order to help them find employment. At the inauguration, ARCS President Novruzali Aslanov reiterated the National Society's priority - to support young people. Founded on 10 March 1920, the National Society has 75 district branches and 78,000 volunteers and members.
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