History of Indian Red Cross

The Kottayam district branch 0f Indian Red Cross Society was formed in the year 1957, the office of the Kottayam district branch was then housed in its own building near district hospital Kottayam, the foundation stone of this building was laid by Hon. Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi and the building was inaugurated Governor of Kerala Sri. V.V Giri. The first president of Kottayam District branch was Sri. George Thomas IAS, District Collector and Sri. Abraham Eapen Palampadam was the founder and first Hon. General Secretary. He was followed by eminent leaders like Ms. Anna John, Mr.Ildephonse M.C., Mr. C.J. John Akkara, Mr. K T Ouseph, Adv. Sunil C Kurian, Mr. Babu S Prasad. Now under the Hon.Chairmanship of Mr. Joby Thomas, Kottayam Red Cross is leading the humanitarian voluntary activities to the vulnerable societies in Kottayam District.



In the last 65 years, Kottayam Red Cross has been in the fore-front in alleviating suffering of people caused by either natural disaster or other calamities. The Kottayam District branch of Indian Red Cross Society, under the president ship of District Collector of Kottayam rendering Humanitarian voluntary services to the society in providing relief to victims of natural calamities besides running several charitable activities providing free medical aid to the poor, specially to those residing in vulnerable areas. The Red Cross has always been a volunteered movement deriving its strength from material and support given by philanthropists. Kottayam Red Cross has volunteered in increasing the capacity in disaster preparedness and disaster response in disaster prone zones of Kottayam District. During this period Kottayam Red Cross has acquired land and built its own 4 storied 16000 sq. ft. Red Cross Tower at Nagambadom, which is the northern entrance of Kottayam town. Later Kottayam Red Cross has shifted its office and all activities to this building. Most recently with the financial assistance from Canadian Red Cross the building is renovated in 2020- 2021 and now it is occupied with a most modern infrastructure like warehouse, auditorium, and conference hall, Office and training centre.

Fundamental principles

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the

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wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.


It makes no discrimination as to nationally, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the

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suffering of individuals, being solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.


In order to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a

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political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and

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subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary Service

It is voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


There can be only one Red Cross Or Red Crescent in any one country. It must be

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open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,

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in which all societies have equal status and share open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

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