Our History

The origin of the Blue Cross movement and thus of the International Blue Cross (IBC) can be traced back to the 19th century. Alcohol problems were widespread in the society of that time. This prompted the Swiss pastor Louis-Lucien Rochat to get involved for those affected. Together with his colleagues, he tried to alleviate the suffering of alcohol-dependent people. His commitment led to the official founding of the Blue Cross on 21 September 1877 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Soon, the Blue Cross movement spread beyond the Swiss borders. Today, the International Blue Cross operates in over 50 countries worldwide, promoting prevention, treatment, and social reinsertion for people affected by alcohol and drug addiction.

Blue Cross Kenya

Blue Cross – Kenya Society (BCK) is an organisation duly registered under the Society Act Chapter 108 working with children and youth on prevention of alcohol and other substance use in Kenya.

Blue Cross – Kenya is a membership organisation with its headquarters in Kisumu City. The members are independent, non-political and non-denominational Christian associations that form the organisation to assist marginalised populations and people harmed by, or at risk to be harmed by alcohol and drugs.

Blue Cross – Kenya   implements programs in the field of alcohol and substance abuse prevention in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda, Africa Union 2063 agenda, Kenya vision 2030 and County Integrated Development Plan. Project activities are run in grass root settings in various locations and include alcohol and drug prevention, counselling for people with alcohol and substance abuse problems, as well as advocacy and lobbying.

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