It has been six months since the devastating earthquake
in Turkey and Syria on February 6th, in which more than
50,000 people died and over 100,000 were injured. And
millions of those affected continue to rely on life-saving
In view of this situation, the organizations in the Aktion
Deutschland Hilft alliance are starting the next stage of
support after the acute phase: the medium and long-term
reconstruction of livelihoods.
“The extent of the destruction is still unbelievable”
Although construction work is progressing, rubble can still
be seen in the huge disaster area. “The extent of the
destruction is still unbelievable,” says head of the Middle
East department of our alliance organization Malteser
Women, men and children live in tents, containers and gardens - or
on the street in front of their destroyed homes. Food, clean
water and medical care are scarce in many places.
Renovation makes houses winter-proof
Several alliance organizations from Aktion Deutschland Hilft
support the renovation of accommodation: Help issues vouchers
for building materials. AWO International distributes cash
aid to renovate houses: repairing windows and doors makes
living spaces winter-proof.
With a view to next winter, our alliance organization CARE will
also repair emergency shelters in Syria and distribute heating
devices. Habitat for Humanity trains municipal employees to make
buildings earthquake-proof and provides advice on renovations.
Secure access to drinking water
For example, World Vision is ensuring people's long-term access
to clean water in Syria by repairing water supply networks and
wastewater systems. Malteser International is repairing water
towers and wells in northwest Syria.
The Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) has handed over drinking water
treatment systems to the local water supplier in the Samandag region
of Turkey and trained their employees in their use.
Create new perspectives
So that the people who have lost everything can build a new existence,
the Malteser support farmers with fertilizer and equipment.
Our alliance organization, World Vision offers craft training courses
in Syria and helps build small businesses and businesses.
Cash-for-work programs, such as those offered by Help themselves,
provide people with income in exchange for work in the difficult
Strengthen the health system
Many hospitals have been destroyed and the existing ones are
overloaded and lack staff and equipment. Medical care and hygiene
are particularly poor in the tent cities. Children, pregnant women,
seriously ill and injured people urgently need access to medical care.
That's why the Malteser supported the construction of a container
hospital in Afrin, Syria, which can treat up to 150,000 patients.
In collaboration with World Vision, the hospital began operations in
July with the necessary medical equipment.
For action medeor, mobile health teams are on the move in Turkey
and Syria, taking care of the sick in tent cities, among other
places. Our alliance organization Handicap International responds to
the enormous need for rehabilitation for injured people with
rehabilitation offers in order to avoid long-term damage.
Aid organizations distribute school materials to children
Building a sustainable future also includes treating the trauma
that many residents of the earthquake region have suffered through
death, loss and destruction. Many of Aktion Deutschland Hilft's alliance
organizations alleviate this mental pain through group and individual
therapies and are expanding their psychosocial offerings.
A significant part of the work of the alliance organizations is the
special protection of children: therapies help them to process what
they have seen and experienced. And so that girls and boys do not lose
valuable years of education, helpers provide learning materials and
repair school buildings. World Vision alone distributes teaching materials
to more than 18,000 school children.
82 million euros in donations for the people in the earthquake region
In the first six months, the alliance organizations supported over 1.2
million affected people with acute emergency aid: helpers distributed
food, drinking water, tents, blankets, hygiene sets and medication,
fitted prostheses and crutches, carried out operations and supported
hospitals , including devices and generators.
The comprehensive help was and is made possible by the great compassion
of the people who have so far donated around 82 million euros to Aktion
Deutschland Hilft.THANK YOU!