The Barbados Red Cross Society 2013 Annual Report (MAABB001)

This report covers the period 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2013

Overview

In 2013, key programmes and activities of the Barbados Red Cross Society (BRCS) were affected due to lack of funding after the completion of the ECHO-funded DIPECHO VIII disaster risk reduction project and the consequent end of contracts for Disaster Management personnel. Due to the national economic situation the project could no longer continue due to lack of funding. Even community activities which began under DIPECHO VIII were significantly cut back.

The continuing global financial uncertainties had a direct impact on the National Society with a decrease in revenues from traditional fundraising activities such as the annual dinner, the yearly raffle and the National Society-hosted bingo games. There was a necessary shift to alternate income-generating activities such as an increased focus on traditional first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses, with modest success.

The presence within the National Society headquarters building of the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Resource Centre (CADRIM) continued to provide a source of expertise, profile building, capacity building and much needed income through contributions to office space and other recurring costs.