The flood disaster of 2021 in western Germany left lasting traces. Together with the local people, alliance organizations from Aktion Deutschland Hilft provided important help.
"Without the enormous willingness to donate from numerous private individuals and companies, the reconstruction would not have progressed as far as it does today," emphasizes the director of Aktion Deutschland Hilft. "However, we have noticed that many of those affected are only now finding out about offers of help or dare to take advantage of them. Our signal to these people in particular is: The help continues! We are glad that we have done it together over the past 22 months have managed to use 184 million euros, 70 percent of the available donations for aid measures by the alliance organizations."
Donations as an important support for reconstruction
In the more than 40 flood relief offices in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, alliance organizations of Aktion Deutschland Hilft such as the Johanniter, the Malteser or the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) are on hand to provide advice. In detailed one-to-one discussions, the employees provide information about individual funding opportunities and help with the application process.
Since the first visible damage from the flood was repaired, people are now facing new challenges in rebuilding. The offers of help have also been adapted to the changing needs of those affected.
Flood Germany: Examples of aid projects
The aid center in Schleidener Tal, for example, combines reconstruction aid from the AWO and the Malteser aid service with psychosocial offers and regular meeting cafés. In addition, other alliance organizations such also support sports and development clubs or youth clubs in the replacement of inventory.
Processing the invisible consequences of the flood
For many of those affected, the restoration of material damage to houses and infrastructure is accompanied by feelings of insecurity, fear of the future or traumatic stress. In order to support people in mental processing as well, alliance organizations have already offered more than 35,000 offers for psychosocial support since 2021.
In a variety of painting and riding therapies for children and young people, therapy sessions or meeting cafés, those affected are encouraged to talk about events they have experienced as well as their worries and fears in a protected space.
Alliance organizations of Aktion Deutschland Hilft estimate that offers of psychosocial help will still be necessary even after several years in order to ensure long-term processing.
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