Nov 13, 2020

Fulfillment of basic needs

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Yemen
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Yemen

"We were looking for protection and stability," says the 20-year-old woman,Qadria, when you ask her why she fled the war in Nihm District with her elderly mother and disabled brother. She lived comfortably, in which she supported her family by drawing Henna to girls during wedding parties. Yet, when the conflict reached their hometown (Nihm) and destroyed their small house, the lives of them changed badly. No roof protects them from the sun’s heat, and no walls protect them from the cold wind. They took the sky as a roof and earth as a carpet to lay on.
Qadria decided to flee with her family, where they ended up at Al Gufainah Settlement for IDPs in Marib Gov. Luckily, they found a tent to live in; still, it was a dilapidated one. Qadria and her family lived a miserable life in that tent, where they suffered from the wind that entered from every opening in that worn-out tent.
However, Building Foundation for Development (BFD), funded by Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), reached Qadria, in which she received the cash assistance in the first distribution round. She was very excited to help her family, so she immediately
started buying the needed supplies and equipment to rehabilitate the tent. Currently, Qadria and other IDPs including the marginalized ones meet their minimum survival needs and improve their wellbeing due to this intervention.
“The tent was in a terrible state”, says Qadria, explaining that after getting the assistance, "I felt like someone who was drowning and was finally rescued.”, "They gave us some warmth. Before the tent was leaking and giving way to the chilly wind."

Six years after the beginning of the civil war, Yemen is still in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis that directly threatens the lives of the people and has a devastating effect on the basic services provided to the population. Together with our partner organizations we provide emergency aid.

Please donate to make this important projects going on.

Thank you so much!


Michael Türk

Nov 13, 2020

"I always want a house full of people" - Help for families in Syria

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Syria
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Syria

Elham lives with her grown up son Najib and his family again in their home village Ad Dweir, near Homs. Before the war she had two cows and produced milk and cheese for the local market. But then they lost everything. Only some heavy doors remained in their house because they were useless as firewood. With the support of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, the apartment was made more secure and habitable again: Windows and doors were replaced, the floors were tiled, a sink and above all a water tank were installed.
Elham is still unemployed, so she is planting the small piece of land next to her house. But she is open-minded and tries hard to find employment and to build up new qualifications. As soon as possible she wants to be able to earn her own living again: "All women here in the village should be given the opportunity to work and feed their families. When asked what returning to her village means to her, she stresses that she likes village life - the people, the farming, the animals. "I always want to have a house full of people and welcome everyone into my home." This wish did not remain a dream for Elham. Already today neighbors come again and again to visit and sit together with Elham around the small, warming stove.

In the tenth year of the Syrian crisis, the humanitarian situation in many regions remains poor. Both IDPs and host communities lack basic necessities such as food, clean water and health care.

Together with our partners we strengthen needy families. 500 women can participate in the Cash for Work program and knit winter clothing such as gloves, caps and scarves. In this way, 2,000 school children will have warming clothes and the women will have an income in the coming winter.

In order to give those affected a protective shelter, we are rehabilitating more than 100 housing units. For example, doors, windows and walls are being installed. In addition, water pipes and sanitary facilities will be installed.

We support 200 newly displaced families with cash aid. This enables them to cover basic and vital needs.

Thank you so much for your donation. Only with this support we can continue the activities in Syria and the surounding countries. Together we can bulid a better future for the perople in this region!



Michael Tuerk

Oct 5, 2020

Locust invasion, corona and drought

APDA / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
APDA / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

The project region Eli Daar in Afar is affected by one of the worst desert locust invasions of the last 25 years. More and more people are losing their livelihoods and suffering from hunger. The swarms of locusts not only lead to crop losses, but also to the destruction of large areas of pasture land. Together with our partners, we are helping to alleviate the effects of the drought and to establish food security for those affected.

The speed with which the locusts spread and the size of the affected areas exceed the capacity of the authorities to control the swarms. In addition to the locusts, the population is already suffering from conflict-related displacements and droughts of recent years.

Catherine Mwangi, Director of our partner organization APDA in Kenya reported: "The locust invasion in our project area has a negative impact on the community's grazing land. The swarms have destroyed grazing land, which will severely reduce livestock productivity and thus lead to high food insecurity in many households. It is estimated that the first locust invasion in spring 2020 destroyed over 30% of the pasture land".

Another problem is the restrictions imposed by measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Transport and travel options have been restricted, fares have doubled, market days have been shortened and animal marketing to Djibouti has been suspended. This further complicates the economic situation of the Afar. On the other hand, food prices on the market are rising ever higher due to the coronavirus restrictions.

The supply of feed and means of locust control is intended to prevent the possible death of the animals and thus secure the livelihood of the livestock farmers. This can stop the spread of hunger. In addition, the migration to other areas and the conflicts that are partly caused by this will be stopped.

Be be with us and support this efforts with your donation.

Thank you so much,

Michael Tuerk

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