Exchanging ideas is a powerful tool, and one that proved successful in Cambridge on Oct. 15 when members of the Red Cross Society of China stopped by to see how the American Red Cross runs in Massachusetts.
Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, welcomed members of the Post-Disaster Reconstruction Delegation, including Secretary General Wang Rupeng and other delegates.
Delegates asked how the American Red Cross chooses which projects it can fund, how it deals with operational costs and how it provides for its core mission.
“We are truly one Red Cross,” explained Barrios after the meeting. “They too have a humanitarian mission and a need to figure out how to get and store supplies, how to engage volunteers, and how to build leaders who can take the Red Cross into the next century. A dialogue like this helps everyone.”
Officials from China received a briefing also on the Boston Marathon Bombing response from Massachusetts Disaster Services. The delegation had previously met with American Red Cross leaders in New York and Washington.
The Red Cross Society of China is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which has 187 member National Societies and is the largest humanitarian organization in the world.