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.
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Brief information on emergency aid
What is the situation?
Deployment of emergency aid takes place without any advance announcements. 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 helpers 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 can use 35 years of international experience in disaster aid. We work closely with local partner organisations in all our emergency aid deployments. Together we can meet the needs of the people affected as quickly as possible.
What is Help doing in the field of emergency aid?
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 people are in the foreground. 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.
Emergency aid in Nepal
Within a few days our emergency team, consisting of six fire fighters with rescue dogs, was on site. In agreement with our partner organisations our main priority was to shelter the survivors. In addition, we equipped the locals with 1,770 tool sets in order to carry out the initial clearing up and build temporary accommodation. Roof materials were provided to 1,800 households to protect them from the rain and prepare for reconstruction.
Subsequently we moved to measures for reconstruction.
- We are re-building ten schools and two pre-schools,
- teaching 60 workmen how to build earthquake-proof buildings and
- training bricklayers.