Maldivian Red Crescent

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Maldivian Red Crescent
ދިވެހި ރެޑް ކްރެސެންޓް
Dhivehi Red Crescent
Maldivian Red Crescent Logo.svg
Abbreviation MRC
Formation 16 August 2009
Type Non-governmental organization
Purpose Humanitarian
Headquarters Malé, Maldives
  • Post Building, 4th Floor, Malé 20020, Maldives
Region served
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Official language
Dhivehi and English
Mohamed Ali
Secretary General
Abdul Razak Ibrahim

The Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) (Dhivehi: ދިވެހި ރެޑް ކްރެސެންޓް, Dhivehi Red Crescent) is an independent, volunteer, non-profit, humanitarian organization established in the Maldives by virture of the Maldivian Red Crescent Act (Dhivehi: ދިވެހި ރެޑް ކްރެސެންޓްގެ ޤާނޫން, Dhivehi Red Crescent'ge Gaanoonu) Law No: 7/2009 [1]

With the birth of the National Society in the Maldives, all activities in the last quarter of 2009 was focused on its formation (developing its structures, capacities and programmes) and recognition within the community (be responsive to national vulnerabilities). Initially the community engagement was limited as activities implemented were mostly process oriented.


The legal foundation and ratification of the MRC Law by the Maldivian president took place in early May 2009. The law gave the legal right for a humanitarian organization – by the name Maldivian Red Crescent – to be established and undertake humanitarian and religious work in the Maldives. Consequently, the interim planning group (IPG), which was leading the formation process with support of IFRC, scheduled the first General Assembly of MRC which was on 16 August 2009. The assembly elected the first governing board of MRC and adopted the National Society’s Statutes and Rules of Procedures.

The elected governing board approved MRC’s interim development plan (which was prepared by the IPG) and undertook a systematic process of preparing a two-year MRC strategic development plan. Straight after the General Assembly, implementation of the plan took place with hiring of key management and programme staff. This led to an induction of the National Society’s governing board, management team, national advisory council members and programme staff was organized by IFRC as part of their capacity building. Formation of island units and atoll branches followed.

The units and branches are to be formed in three atolls in early 2010 which in time will be able to develop services supported by appropriate structures, systems and capacity. Volunteers will be recruited from the units and branches to be directly involved in service delivery.

The fundamental principles of the Maldivian Red Crescent are Commandments which are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship which play a fundamental role in Judaism and most forms of Christianity. They include instructions to worship only God and to keep the Sabbath, and prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, and adultery. Different groups follow slightly different traditions for interpreting and numbering them. According to the synoptic gospels, Christ generalised the law into two underlying principles; The first is "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." While the second is "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."


  1. ^ Maldivian Red Crescent. "Who we are". Retrieved 12 September 2012.