Dec 19, 2018

Aid relief on Sulawesi

Water tanks provide fresh drinking water
Water tanks provide fresh drinking water

Out of nowhere, a devastating earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in September this year. Thousands of people died or lost everything in the quake or the following tsunami. The nature catastrophes destroyed houses, roads and bridges. The electricity and water supply system completely broke down. Aktion Deutschland Hilft provided fast and efficient humanitarian aid to those affected.

Even month after the nature disaster, life has still not returned to normal. The island’s infrastructure is not yet fully restored. Many people, especially children, deeply suffer from the traumatic experience of the disaster. Our member organizations are on site to support the people in their need.

 14-year old Matsa survived the tsunami deeply traumatized. "When I was dragged along by the mighty waves, I thought I was going to die. I cannot remember exactly what happened. Everything around me was wet and dark. There was rubble and my whole body hurt. ", she says. Aid workers of World Vision support her and other traumatized children. In their centers, the children can play. Social workers offer group discussion to help the children to process the terrible events and the loss of friends and family members.

Due to the lack of fresh drinking water, water borne diseases can quickly spread after a nature catastrophe. "I had to drink the water from the gutter. It smelled rotten and did not taste at all. I had a stomach ache", six-year-old Awan tells us. World Vision quickly provided clean drinking water and installed fountains and water filter systems. Awan and many other people are very thankful for the fresh drinking water and other relief supplies they received.

With you donation, our member organization can provide help on the island of Sulawesi. Thank you for making these and other aid measures possible.

World vision distributes drinking water to familys
World vision distributes drinking water to familys
Traumatized survivors get psychologiscal support
Traumatized survivors get psychologiscal support
Aid Workers distribute relief items
Aid Workers distribute relief items
Nov 19, 2018

Help for refugees in Greece

Marwa and Odey had to flee from the war in Syria
Marwa and Odey had to flee from the war in Syria

Since the brutal civil war in Syria began in 2011, hundreds of thousands people have been killed. Many families have been torn apart and the standard of living has been set back by decades. There are almost no safe spaces left for the many innocent civilians. Therefore, the people flee to neighboring countries and especially Europe. Understandably, they often take high risks to save their lives.

The couple Marwa and Odey are two of many others that successfully escaped from the war torn country. After the situation got worse they flew from their home in Damascus towards the Turkish border. Marwa was already pregnant when they decided to leave their home. After smugglers helped them to cross the border, the couple realized that they couldn’t find the safe refuge in Turkey they had hoped for. Thus, they decided to risk the dangerous boat ride to Greece to finally find a peaceful place to stay.

Fortunately, Marwa and Odey found a temporary home in a refugee camp in Kato Milia. Since then our member organization ADRA helps and supports them. A few weeks after the arrival, Marwa gave birth to a healthy young girl. The young family now wants nothing more than to go back to normal and establish a self-determined life.

But there are almost no jobs for refugees in Kato Milia and finding an own flat is very difficult. Even though they are safe now, the situation for the more than 45,000 refugees in Greece is far from normal. Our member organizations are giving their best every day to help the many children, women and men on the different stages of their escape from war and suffering.

We are very grateful for your donation for our project „Help for refugees“. Your support helps us to set up safe spaces for refugees all over the world and support them in their wish for a more peaceful life. Thank you very much!

Odey and his new born daughter
Odey and his new born daughter
Our member organizations help refugees worldwide
Our member organizations help refugees worldwide
Nov 19, 2018

Education helps to escape from poverty in Somalia

ADRA helps blind children and teenagers
ADRA helps blind children and teenagers

Somalia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa. 60 percent of the population are nomads and don’t have a permanent home. As a result, many of their children don’t have regular access to education. Moreover, many schools have been destroyed or seriously damaged during the long-lasting civil war. The former government was not able to establish a proper educational system. Many children, teenagers and adults are suffering from the lack of education, which leads them even deeper into poverty.

Since the election in 2012 Somalia has a new government, which strives to build up and reorganize a new educational system. For this purpose, a new ministry of education has been founded. Our member organization ADRA supports the ministry in rebuilding schools, developing new curriculums, courses, and school lessons for children, teenagers and adults. The program focuses especially on girls and women. The aim is to strengthen their access to educational programs and school lessons.

22 year old Hamdo is one of the participants of the ADRA educational program. She was just in 5th grade at school when her family fled from the capital to save their lives. She has never attended a school again. Instead, she cared for her family, particularly her sick mother and her six siblings. She thought her dream to become a doctor had been destroyed forever. But since she is participating in the ADRA program, she has new hope and says: “I very much appreciate what ADRA is doing for me. I have a chance to learn and to become independent. After all my dream could come true.“

Nevertheless, many families need their children to help them with their daily work on the field or in the house. Therefore, they only have the evening hours to do their homework or to learn for school. Somalia’s power supply is very poor and many households remain dark after the early sunset. Dangerous open fires and harmful paraffin lamps are often the only option to have some light. ADRA helps to establish solar systems and lamps. In the past more than 10.000 houses have been supplied with energy-efficient cooking areas and solar lamps and 15 schools can offer school lessons and courses in the evening due to new electricity!

With your donation, you help our organizations to offer educational programs in several parts of the world. Thank you for making this possible!

ADRA offers educational programs since 25 years
ADRA offers educational programs since 25 years
Education is the key to a self-determined life
Education is the key to a self-determined life
 
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