First Aid (Basic / Advanced / Silver Medal)
Disaster Management (Disaster Relief / Restoring Family Links)
Community Based Rehabilitation-Tlamelong / Tshimologo / Sefhare
Branch Development-Youth Development / Volunteer Recruitment
Health & Care (Peer Education / OVC / Hygiene Promotion
Youth Development (Peer Education / Mentoring / Kids Clubs
First Aid (Basic / Advanced / Silver Medal)When an Emergency Strikes, Will You Be Ready to Save a Life? Botswana Red Cross Society First Aid training gives you vital knowledge and skills needed to respond to a life-threatening situation with confidence. While you can't predict when an emergency will occur, you can be prepared. In less time than you think, being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, and work and in your community. • Be Trained • Be Empowered • Be Prepared • Be Smart Train Your Employees NOW!! Botswana Red Cross Society is ready to contribute towards your workplace safety training programs. You can make a commitment to the health and safety of your employees by providing them with lifesaving training that prepares them to respond to an emergency at your workplace. BRCS has developed a First Aid training course that will help your employees to ensure that when an injury, illness or disaster strikes, they are prepared to save a life. Enroll for a First Aid Course with BRCS!! The Society is one of the leading providers of First aid in the country and helps to set national First Aid standards. As illustrated in the Mines, Quarries Works and Machinery Act (CAP.44:02 article 41 & 43) Botswana Red Cross Society is recognized to grant Mining First Aid Certificates to allow the holders to operate both underground and on the surface. Botswana Red Cross Society offers: • Basic First Aid Training, • Advanced First Aid Training • Silver Medal First aid Training can help families, employees and communities to prevent prepare for and respond to emergencies close to home, work place, on the roads such as fires, injuries and motor vehicle accidents
Disaster Management (Disaster Relief / Restoring Family Links)Disaster Management (Disaster Relief / Restoring Family Links) A Botswana Red Cross Society program that addresses needs of victims to manmade and natural disasters by building the capacity of affected communities to cope. Disaster Management aims to promote reduction of vulnerabilities and capacity-building through four different objectives; Strengthening disaster preparedness planning Building effective disaster response mechanisms Raising community awareness and public education Disaster mitigation and reduction To effectively prepare communities for disaster response, BRCS recruits and trains volunteer action teams to analyze potential hazards in their communities and improve the capacity to respond. Thereafter, raise awareness on eminent disasters and building community mitigation and reduction strategies. In addition, the action teams are trained in first aid, relief work, water and sanitation as well as hygiene promotion. Importance of Tracing To restore and maintain contact between family members To ascertain the whereabouts of detainees To find out what has happened to missing persons To reunite families The BRCS tracing Service endeavors to restore family links. Ultimately Tracing is done procedurally through the following steps; Red Cross Message (RCM) Tracing Request (TR) Family Reunions (FR) Certificate Request (CR) Family Reunions In instances of successful location of sought persons and establishment of family links, BRCS tracing services provides information and guidance to facilitate actual family reunion. The process is dependent on the status of person requesting for family reunifications and regulations as stipulated by authorities in the country of residence. Tracing Botswana Red Cross Society in partnership with International Committee of the Red Cross to enable separated family members re-establish contacts disrupted as a result of natural disasters, conflicts, political upheavals or social problems. The primary concern of the Society's tracing service is to assist individuals to know about the fate of their loved ones with objectively focusing on alleviating psychological suffering of close family members resulting from separation and loss of family contacts. Furthermore, the primary concern of BRCS Tracing services is to assist individuals to know about the fate of their loved ones. BRCS undertakes a search to locate family members through tracing request. It carries out active tracing enquiry through physical search through addresses, personal contacts and organizations in the effort to locate sought persons. Red Cross Message (RCM) This is an open letter restricted in content of family related news only. This information is exchanged between separated family members unable to use normal means of communication due to disruption as a result of conflicts, natural disasters, political upheaval or their after effects. Tracing Request (TR) The BRCS undertakes a search to locate family members through tracing request (TR) filled with assistance of tracing personnel. It carries out active tracing enquiry through physical search at last known address and contacting persons or organization in the effort to locate the sought person. The process entails comprehensive follow ups of events that have led to separation of family members as results of conflicts, natural disaster or political upheaval. Certificate Request (CR) The tracing services facilitate the process of obtaining and transmitting refugees or immigrants documents such as certificates etc. The Red Cross through International Tracing Network approaches various institutions such as former learning institutions or social welfare departments for documents. Results for such cases are largely dependant on formalities of countries regarding the release of the documents.
Community Based Rehabilitation-Tlamelong / Tshimologo / SefhareCommunity Based Rehabilitation Botswana Red Cross Society has three Rehabilitation Centres in Botswana namely Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Gaborone, Sefhare Stimulation Centre and Tshimologo Stimulation Centre. The Rehabilitation Centre offers two services; therapy for students at the Centre and Community Based Rehabilitation for people living with disabilities. Therapies offered are; Occupational and physical Therapy while the stimulation Centres offer stimulation services for children with special needs and those that live with disability. Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre This is a non-profit making organization that solely depends on donations built by the Botswana Red Cross society in 1974 to improve the quality of lives of people living with disabilities. As the name suggests, in Setswana Tlamelong means "caring for people" hence the centre's objective to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through helping them reach their potential and consequently play fulfilling roles in their communities. Through Rehabilitation services offered at the centre, learners subsequently learn to become independent in activities of daily living, or increased physical and motivational capacities. Tlamelong Rehabilitation centre trains approximately 30 young adults aged between 18 and 30 from all angles of Botswana who live with physical disabilities. The Centre offers a two year programme that includes Vocational Instruction in Textile, Cookery and Horticulture. Simultaneously, literacy classes and short educational classes are provided to help open new opportunities. All trainees receive physical rehabilitation and medical treatment where necessary. "Tlamelong is committed to securing equal opportunities in all areas of life for people living with disabilities." Objectives of Therapy To promote early stimulation and integration of disabled children in to the Society and other referral sources. The BRCS Community Based Rehabilitation is based on the community development concept i.e.; when individuals with disabilities are empowered to take action so as to improve their own lives, they become contributors, they are also integrated in to the community by involving the community, care giver and the disabled individual. Aims of Community Based Rehabilitation are; Promoting awareness, self-reliance and responsibility for Rehabilitation in the Community Building Human Resource in the Community including people living with disabilities, their families and the community members. To encourage the use of simple methods and techniques which are acceptable, affordable and appropriate to the local setting. To use existing local organizations and infrastructure to deliver services, especially primary health care.
Branch Development-Youth Development / Volunteer RecruitmentBranch Development This is a Botswana Red Cross Society programme that recruits volunteers without consideration of race, sex, class, religion or political beliefs. It pursues a widespread of popular membership – community mobilization. Branch development's focus is on recruitment, revival and capacity building of branch volunteers both in the cooperate world and at community level. Members and volunteers should be recruited at their own free will without expecting any payment. Volunteers are not expected to work for more than 10 hrs a week. The principle of volunteerism is still of value to the thinking and planning of Red Cross for community needs. Purpose of the Branch Create an understanding between the community and its members Retain active members and volunteers at local level Provide humanitarian services in a more professional way Understand and disseminate the Red Cross Fundamental Principles How Branches achieve their Purpose Continuous recruitment of members Election of executive committee according to the constitution Register with Botswana National Red Cross Society Headquarters Ensure that members meet the Red Cross responsibilities and address specific community needs Implement policies and procedures contained in Societies constitution, as established by the National Council of the Society Abide by the National Society code of conduct Characteristics of a Well Functioning Branch A well functioning branch has membership who has registered with National Headquarters Has 40 or more registered members Elected committee according to BRCS constitution Seeks to ensure that membership and leadership are true reflection of the general public A well functioning branch make special efforts to attract and involve the youth Avoids domination by governing body, one person or a group Should avoid exclusion of certain persons or groups from membership Decision making should be widely shared with provision for consultation and a wide expression of views Should have committed leaders with necessary skills and should ensure regular succession of leaders A well functioning Branch engages sufficient number of properly qualified persons to carry out services Taps on professional advice and expertise beyond its membership Recruits volunteer from all sections of the community including the vulnerable people it assists
Health & Care (Peer Education / OVC / Hygiene PromotionHealth & Care This is a program that oversees and coordinates all the health services provided by the Botswana Red Cross Society. The Health and Care Department components are Malaria, Community Based Health and First AID, Tuberculosis, Measles and Polio, Health Emergencies, Voluntary non-remuneration Blood Donor services, Aviation and Pandemic Influenza / Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) and HIV& AIDS. The programme is coordinated in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Local Government in providing services through a wide pool of Volunteers in health promotion, community sensitization, awareness and education of health issues. Care and support is provided for the vulnerable ranging from Orphans and Vulnerable Children and their families, the disabled and the sick. Peer Education The program equips youth with information and skills to prevent HIV through Sexual and Reproductive Health Education. Youth share information and experiences in promotion of abstinence from sex and development of safer sex practices and health seeking behaviors and this is done mostly through sessions in schools. Peer Education also targets other groups at high risk of infection like Sex workers and Truck drivers. The program also targets the general community in Kgotla meetings, Clinics and Workplaces. Prevention This aspect is geared towards providing youth with skills in assisting them on Sexual Reproductive health (SHR) issues. The programme focuses mainly on peer educators on community level. They engage in activities that promote healthy behavior such as dramas, jam sessions and health talks, targeting different age groups within their communities. As the main objective is to stop the spread of HIV especially among youth, they are responsible for condom distribution in their areas as well. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program The Program provides psychosocial support to Orphans and Vulnerable children. OVCs are empowered with life skills to help them survive the challenges they go through. Support and guidance are provided through mentorship, memory work, Hero work and Kids clubs. Volunteers take it upon themselves to care for the children through home visits, which help in identifying special needs of each child and refer them accordingly.
Youth Development (Peer Education / Mentoring / Kids ClubsYouth Development The youth development programme comprises of in-school and out-of-school youth membership. To become a youth volunteer one must be below the age 29. In-schools RC youth clubs are supervised by Matrons while the out-of-school youths have youth committees in their respective branches. Young people engage in activities that are based on the Four-Part-Youth-Plan and within the limits of the constitution. It is based on a four-part model: Dissemination of the fundamental principles of the Red Cross movement, promoting humanitarian values and international humanitarian law Protection of life and health · Community service · International friendship and understanding Botswana Red Cross Society's young volunteers through their branches have been involved in a variety of activities in different branches: Training Orphans & Vulnerable Children on Sexual and Reproduction Health Training of Peer Educators by Trainer Of Trainers in their branches Litter picking and clean up campaigns Donation of clothing to orphans and vulnerable children Fundraising activities Edutainment sessions and drama In addition to these activities, BRCS has on-going programs that youth volunteers are actively involved in which consists of: A mentoring program for Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)- Bo Nkgonne Children's clubs Home and school visits programs Gardening for destitute families program