Emergency aid is provided immediately after natural disasters, wars, epidemics or large-scale refugee movements. It is intended to ensure the survival of the people affected – quickly, effectively and sustainably.
+++ We are currently providing emergency aid for people affected by the severe earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. +++
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.
In the night of February 6, 2023, a series of earthquakes shook the Turkish-Syrian border region. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was followed by over 280 aftershocks.
More than 50,000 people lost their lives in Syria and Türkiye. Winter weather conditions are further exacerbating the situation.
Together with our local partners, we are currently initiating relief measures in Türkiye and the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.
Donate now for the earthquake victims in Syria and Türkiye!
Persistent monsoon rains caused severe flooding in Pakistan in the summer of 2022. A third of the country was under water, and around 33 million people were affected. Together with our local partner, we immediately initiated emergency relief measures and provided affected people in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region with food and mosquito nets.
Since then, our aid in Pakistan is focusing on strengthening healthcare. We are sending mobile clinics to rural regions to treat up to 200 patients a day.
Russia launched the war of aggression on Ukraine at the end of February 2022. Since then, rocket attacks and artillery fire have shaken the country. Millions of people have had to leave their homes.
Help provides emergency aid through local partner organizations. We distribute essential relief supplies, offer psychological support and provide information on safe spaces and protective measures. In addition, we provide emergency aid for Ukrainian refugees in Moldova.