Mar 24, 2020

Helping in times of Corona


The situation

It is the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world: the conflict in Yemen, which has been ongoing since 2015, has plunged the country into immeasurable hardship. Out of a population of 30.5 million, more than 24 million are dependent on humanitarian aid - that is 80 percent of the population.
"The suffering in Yemen is hard to imagine," says Michael Frischmuth, who is responsible for the Yemen projects of Dia-konie Katastrophenhilfe. "The lives of the weakest are particularly at risk".


Also the administrative district of Hajjah in the west of the country, one of the regions of the country that is particularly affected by cholera. Many internally displaced persons also take refuge there in search of protection. The living conditions of the population are precarious, the cholera figures and the risk of falling ill are correspondingly high.

The risk of dangerous diseases is particularly high for children and adolescents: in recent years they have had the highest rate of contracting the deadly infectious disease.

Clean water

In Shabwa Governorate the population is supported by hygiene measures. Together with the partner organisation Yemen Family Care Association, YFCA, public drinking water tanks are maintained and repaired. In addition, tankers and water treatment tablets are being used to improve the supply of clean drinking water. Around 35,000 people benefit from the project.
The wells are often located far away from the villages. For this reason, the water is pumped through pipes into tanks, which are easier to reach for the population of entire regions. To keep the water clean, pipes and lines must be sealed and maintained. "These technical improvements are of enormous importance in the fight against cholera," explains Frischmuth.



We sincerely ask you for the financing of this important project, especially in times of corona.Together with our partner organizations, we improve hygiene conditions for people in Jemen. For this purpose we build latrines and hand washing facilities and we distribute urgently needed hygiene articles. These include soap, towels and disinfectants. In order to be able to help in a targeted manner, we determine the concrete needs in advance. Together with our partners we also carry out information campaigns. In this way we show, for example, how proper hand washing can protect against infectious diseases.

Please set more than one example and help us to intensify our project activities in Yemen.

Thank you so much, and: stay save!


Michael Tuerk

Feb 27, 2020

"We now have a home again"

After six and a half years, Mohammed returned with his family to his home in Homs. The apartment was badly damaged, two rooms completely burned out, the rest of their belongings looted. The partner organisation of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, GOPA-DERD, installed new windows, doors and electricity in the apartment and fitted a new toilet and the connections for shower, sink and hot water. Mohammed helped, mended the brickwork and painted the walls. He is still working as a nurse and can feed the family. "We are so glad to no longer have to live in overcrowded shelters and to be dependent on the help of others," he says. "We have a home again now, a retreat where we can be together as a family.

The years of displacement and ever new sources of conflict have severely affected the population's resilience. The UN estimates that more than 11 million people in the country are dependent on humanitarian aid. Living conditions continue to be catastrophic, with whole districts and areas of land in ruins.
There are still 6.1 million internally displaced persons and around a third of the population suffers from food insecurity. Living conditions also affect people's health. Measles, typhoid fever and severe diarrhoea are increasingly reported.  
About half of the population is unemployed, with an average life expectancy of only 55 years. According to the latest estimates, 83 percent of the Syrian population lives below the poverty line.

Together with GOPA-DERD, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is implementing a project that is helping 300 families displaced within the country in the regions of East Ghouta, Homs and Deir-Ez-Zor to return to their homes. Their destroyed or severely damaged homes are first examined and assessed by building surveyors. This is important because the buildings must not be in danger of collapsing or have other serious safety defects. If the assessment is positive, appropriate construction measures are implemented to enable the internally displaced families to return. This includes, for example, the repair of impacts in concrete walls and roofs, the repair of damaged water pipes and sanitary facilities, the installation of windows or the maintenance of electrical connections.
The living space will be restored to such an extent that it offers sufficient protection from the weather and can be heated in winter in a makeshift manner. An average of 2,200 euros is spent on a severely damaged apartment. As early as 2017, a previous project helped 800 families to return to their homes.

Thank you so much that you support our effords in Syria and the other affected countries.




Michael Tuerk

Jan 6, 2020

Life-threatening water masses - Save people from hunger and diseases

NFI-products ready for distribution
NFI-products ready for distribution

After months of drought in East Africa, the hoped-for rain finally came in early October. However, the heavy rainfall also led to mudslides and landslides in Ethiopia. Many roads and bridges had to be closed after brooks turned into torrents.
According to our partner RACIDA in the Somali region (Ethiopia), famine threatens if those affected do not receive support. The families lost their cattle and sparse crops (as did many of their homes) first through the drought and then through the floods. In addition, contaminated water and high mosquito populations favor many waterborne diseases such as malaria, dengue and respiratory infections.

According to information from the "Joint Humanitarian / Goverment assessment on flood affected communities" for Liban in Dollo Ado there is still a significant need for food, emergency accommodation, non-food items (mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, water containers), medicines and safe Drinking water as well as at sanitary facilities and hygiene measures to prevent WASH-related diseases.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, together with the partner organization RACIDA, provides emergency aid for more than 10,000 flood victims. The goal is to reduce the spread of transmitted diseases in the flood-affected communities of Kebele and Dolo Ado. 1,747 received mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, water treatment tablets, soap and everyday necessities such as cookware. The beneficiaries are also informed about epidemics and hygiene practices. A total of 10,482 people will benefit from the project.

Please support our efforts in Ethiopia furthermore.


Michael Tuerk

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