Emergency aid is provided immediately after a (natural) disaster, wars, epidemics or waves of refugees. It is intended to ensure the survival of the people affected - quickly, effectively and sustainably.
+++ Help is currently supporting emergency aid after the fire catastrophes in Moria and Lipa. +++
Emergency aid deployments occur without any advance notice. It is very difficult to assess the extent of the disaster initially. How great is the need? How large does our team need to be? What do people need most urgently - and how can we organise the aid most effectively from a strategic perspective?
Experienced emergency aid workers with the relevant knowledge of the country, language and culture are then required. They know the country and people best and are in a position to start the initial aid measures.
Help provides worldwide emergency aid. We have 40 years of international experience in disaster aid. We work closely with local partner organisations in all our emergency aid deployments. Together we can respond to the needs of those affected as quickly as possible.
Providing effective emergency aid together
If there is a disaster, Help reacts immediately. Depending on requirements, an emergency team consisting of doctors, nurses or fire fighters goes to the crisis region. In close collaboration with our alliance partners from Aktion Deutschland Hilft and the local partner organisations, we agree the emergency aid measures and find the most effective solutions.
As necessary, we supply the people affected with food, water, toiletries and tools - effectively and without any bureaucracy: the focus is on those affected. Help acts quickly and efficiently in acute emergency situations - with the knowledge that the countries concerned require development aid after the disaster.
Our emergency aid is converted into long-term aid. In line with our principle of "Assistance towards self-reliance" we do not leave people on their own after a disaster. We support them until they are able to look after themselves again.
The coronavirus keeps the world in suspense. Particularly developing countries and crisis areas are now at risk, as people mostly live in challenging hygienic conditions. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Help supports the fight against the virus in several countries. In Southeast Europe, Help supports hospitals and other important institutions with medical equipment and provides emergency aid for those in need, such as Roma families.
Help is also providing support to contain the virus in the Middle East. In Syria, for instance, Help distributes hygiene packages to people in refugee camps – where a break-out of the corona virus would be particularly fatal. Moreover, Help trains people in appropriate hygiene and disease prevention in the Sahel.
On the morning of November 26th, 2019, Albania was struck by a major earthquake with a 6.4 magnitude. 50 people lost their lives and more than 650 were injured. The epicenter was 30 kilometers west of the capital Tirana at a depth of ten kilometers in the Adriatic Sea. The quake was one of the worst in the region in recent decades and was also felt in neighbouring countries. The next day there was an aftershock with a magnitude of 5.3. Our team immediately provided emergency supplies such as sleeping bags and hygiene packages.
A severe earthquake occurred on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on September 28, 2018. The quake triggered a tsunami that hit the coastal region at 800 km/h. A six-meter-high wave tore people, cars and houses with it.
Help immediately initiated emergency aid measures and distributed food and drinking water to the victims. Afterwards, Help particularly focused on the psychological and physical care of Indonesian children who have fallen victim to earthquakes and tsunami.