The Anguilla Red Cross (ARC) invites you to join us in officially welcoming our new Administrative Assistant and Boutique Coordinator, Mrs. Kurlida Howe. Kurlida emerged as the most successful candidate after a search for a suitable candidate that possesses qualifications in both roles. A longstanding member and volunteer Kurlida embody the values of the Anguilla Red Cross, she served in various capacities including but not limited to, Volunteer Coordinator, Disaster Response Volunteer, Event First Aid volunteer and Youth Coordinator.

Kurlida Howe

Give her your support as she helps to re-imagine the Anguilla Red Cross.

The Anguilla Red Cross sought to find out the priority needs of its communities by conducting a Needs Assessment with a cross-section of the population of Anguilla. 228 people took part in the survey, out of a target of 397. The survey was launched 06.04.2022 and closed 31.08.2022. The findings help inform four priority program areas that will be taken forwards, as detailed in the strategy 2021-2025.

CONCLUSIONS

1) Food security and access to clean water are shown to be priority needs for the households of survey respondents with food security and youth programs showing as the key priorities for communities as a whole.

2) There is a clear need for ARC to raise its profile in the community to be more visible and offer more direct support to the community through community-based programming.

3) The ARC and government should be leading the way in addressing the identified needs.

4) Youth and older people are identified as the target beneficiary groups.

During the period of August 15 – 19, 2022, the staff and volunteers of the ARC were visited by the Fae Krakowska and Hanna of the British Red Cross August 22 – 26, 2022, Kevin Studds and Sarah Clayton joined ARC and met with several members, attended strategy meetings, bar hopping activity as well as participated in the National Relief Distribution Drill, which involved national key stakeholders. Mr. Studds and Ms. Clayton also met with HE Governor. (Click here to read more)

Friday 3rd June 2022 marks a historical moment for the Anguilla Red Cross. A cohort of seven volunteers were trained in practical first aid. This is a level above basic first aid and just below Emergency Medical Responders training. The training was designed to include teaching strategies to help achieve the goal of more confident and skilled volunteers.

With this training volunteers are now in a better position to provide necessary emergency support to the national health services and support community events with top quality first aid care. The training covered topics such as, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), AED (Automated External Defibrillator)) Automated External Defibrillator, Choking, lifting and moving patient, head, neck and spinal injuries, vital signs and more.

Training a lady helping to relieve choking
Training, someone on the ground and four persons helping her

Press Release

The Anguilla Red Cross celebrates World Red Crossand Red Crescent Day. The Anguilla Red Cross joins with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent movement to celebrate International Red Cross Day on the 8th May 2022 under the theme Kindness: #BeHumanKind. This day is observed annually throughout the world since 1948 and also celebrate the birth anniversary of the movement’s founder and winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize, Jean-Henri Dunant.

In these unprecedented times where we are all learning to cope with Covid 19, unparalleled wars and other major disasters worldwide, it is critical for us to remember to demonstrate the power of kindness in everything that we do. As we are reminded daily of our humanity it is critical that we all strive to #BeHumanKind. As an organisation therefore, we are especially proud to recognise the work of our volunteers, stakeholders and partners who continue to remain relevant and show acts of kindness in this ever-changing world.

This year in observance of this day the Anguilla Red Cross will be relaunching its Community Engagement Initiative by hosting a month of Community activities to help to spread the power of kindness.

On the 7th of May 2022 we will be hosting our Community Fair at the South Hill Ball Field. The Fair will offer free blood pressure testing, launch our Blood Donation Drive, Community Raffle and showcase the amazing styles available at our RC Boutique. The fair will commence at 9am and end at 3pm. All are invited to join us for this fun filled day. On the 10th of May 2022 at 4pm in collaboration with the Commonwealth Committee we will be hosting a Run for Red Queen’s Baton Relay and 5 k Run. The run will start and end at the People’s Market square. We are offering a special concession for school children. All other individuals are invited to register to participate. The cost of the registration is US$25.

On the 20th of May 2022 our volunteers will be visiting all schools (Primary and High School) to launch our Being Aware and Ready Campaign (BAR Hopping) to help students better prepare to respond to disasters.

Our final activity will be held on the 28th of May 2022 in collaboration with the Anguilla National Trust. We will be engaging with our volunteers in a Hike, Beach Clean-up, and Funday from the East End Pond to the Salt Pond.

We take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to all our volunteers who continue to answer the call for “Volunteerism” providing hope and dignity amid despair. We are elated to be united in the spirit of humanity to pay human kindness forward; answer the humanitarian call in support of our fundamental principles and solidify our commitment to ensuring that we remain committed and unified as we offer assistance to the most vulnerable within our society.

As part of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day we salute every person who continues to make the idea of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement in Anguilla and around the globe a reality. We are committed to ensuring that no vulnerable person is left behind. We applaud all our volunteers who selflessly serve humanity and we sound the alarm of solidarity and unity as we celebrate this day. Happy Red Cross and Red Crescent Day!

We invite you to join in this fight for humanity.

Come Volunteer with the Anguilla Red Cross. #BeHumanKind

“Everyone can, in one way or another, each in their sphere and according to their strength, contribute to some extent to this good work.”

Jean-Henri Dunant

ANTONIO PAPARO ANGUILLA RED CROSS PRESS RELEASE

The Anguilla Red Cross is delighted to welcome our new Director, Mr. Antonio Paparo to the Anguilla Red Cross team. Mr. Paparo has worked in and led International Humanitarian organizations across Europe, East Asia and the Caribbean for the past 23 years. As the Head of Delegation on the French Red Cross teams in both Mauritania and the Solomon Islands he managed up 74 National Staff and expats.

Closer to home, Mr. Paparo worked in Haiti for 18 Months, from February 2011 to August 2012, with Islamic Relief France as the Country Programs Coordinator. In Haiti his team managed 9 Projects including the UNICEF+Centre de Crise Francaise: Child Protection and Food Security Programme, the UNICEF+French Embassy+Islamic Relief Netherlands: Child Protection and Income Generating Activities Programmes and the UNDP: Livelihood and Food Security Programme.

Mr. Paparo’s International Humanitarian Certifications are complimented by a Masters in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, with a specialization in Organizational Development, Behaviour and Design; Change Management, Personnel Management, Structures Analysis and Intervention. He wrote his final thesis paper on “Contingency Approach on Organizational Design for Non Profit Organization”.

Fluent in English and French with the ability to converse in both Spanish and Italian, Mr. Paparo’s global experience and diverse skillset make him a welcomed addition to the Anguilla Red Cross Team.