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Climate protection and development aid

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Klimaschutz

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Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. It is already causing severe humanitarian crises. The number of climate-related disasters is rising rapidly and threatens the existence of millions of people. Help combines climate protection with development cooperation to help people and the environment at the same time.

+++We are currently providing emergency aid for those affected by the flood disaster in Pakistan.+++

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"I am very much looking forward to working in this beautiful garden. Such an idea was badly needed. This garden is a real eye-catcher for the whole neighbourhood and is a source of happiness and fresh air!"

Zahra, 52, from Syria about the Urban Gardening Project

What is the situation like?

The devastating effects of climate change

Burning forests, parched soils, extreme flooding - the consequences of the climate crisis are already being felt around the world. In order to limit the extent of the destruction, all world leaders committed in 2015 to limit global warming to well below 2°C and to transform the global economy in a climate-friendly way. Nevertheless, CO2 emissions continue to rise.

That we must act now to save the future of the planet becomes evident again every year. Natural disasters such as the floods in Germany in 2021 or the extreme floods in Pakistan in 2022 are increasing rapidly. 

Developing countries are particularly hard hit: persistent droughts cause more and more hunger crises and in the rainy seasons catastrophic floods threaten the livelihoods of millions of people. Survival under these conditions is becoming increasingly difficult. Experts therefore estimate that by 2050 around 140 million people will have to leave their homes due to the effects of climate change.

Climate change is a disaster that affects us all. We can only stop it together – and for that we need global solutions.


What is Help doing to protect our climate?

Climate protection and development cooperation go hand in hand

With financial and technical support in the areas of

  • renewable energies,
  • water and resource management,
  • efficient rural development,
  • long-term disaster prevention,
  • recycling systems and waste separation,
  • and sustainable agriculture

development cooperation not only raises awareness of climate protection, but also empowers people to become actively involved in preserving their environment.

Our projects therefore promote climate-friendly strategies and technologies to help people and nature at the same time. From solar-powered drinking water wells to sustainable agriculture and recycling measures – the interweaving of climate protection and development cooperation always plays an important role.

In our projects, we involve the local population in all processes and support them in adapting to changing climate conditions and using their resources efficiently.

Our projects

Flood disaster in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the countries in the world most affected by the consequences of the climate crisis – although the country has caused less than one percent of greenhouse gases and has achieved the climate goals of the United Nations since 2020. The climate crisis knows no boundaries, as became abundantly clear in the summer of 2022: as a result of the extreme monsoon, around a third of Pakistan was under water. Months later, the water is still standing in large parts of the country.

Together with our long-standing local partner, Help is providing emergency aid for those affected by the flood disaster in Pakistan: we distribute food packages and mosquito nets, because the stagnant water is the ideal breeding ground for malaria mosquitoes. In addition, we support health care through mobile clinics. Help also provided comprehensive aid during the extreme floods in 2010 and subsequently promoted disaster preparedness on site.


Fresh water thanks to solar power

The Sahel region in Africa is one of the driest regions in the world. The climate is characterised by long-lasting droughts and short rainy seasons. Especially in the dry season, access to water is a major challenge, which is why many people have problems irrigating their fields. As a result, important pasture land is lost every year and the desert continues to spread.

Help therefore relies on solar power - a resource that is abundant in the Sahel. In Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, we drill wells and equip them with solar-powered pumps. This provides people with fresh water all year round, which they can use for their own needs and for agriculture. In 2013, one of our water projects in Chad was even awarded the German Solar Prize.


Urban Gardening in Jordan

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is home to over four million people and refuge for hundreds of thousands of refugees. Providing these people with food and water is a major challenge in the hot and very dry region. We are therefore building urban gardens on the roofs of community centres and refugee shelters to provide people with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Our project in Jordan not only improves access to healthy and affordable food, but also makes a valuable contribution to climate protection. The urban gardening facilities enable much more efficient and water-saving cultivation than conventional farms, help improve air quality and enhance urban biodiversity.

Together for climate protection

Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe is a member of the Klima Allianz Deutschland. It is the social alliance for more climate protection supported by more than 100 environmental and development organisations.

Help is a member of the PREVENT Waste Alliance, which aims to develop a functioning waste and circular economy. The reduction of waste input into the environment of developing countries is particularly important.

Solar-powered wells in Mali

Your donation for climate protection

Help us protect the planet and support people in developing countries at the same time!

Donation account:
IBAN: DE47 3708 0040 0240 0030 00
BIC: DRES DE FF 370