Help for Refugees

by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
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Worldwide, 134 million people depend on humanitarian aid, many of them live in South Sudan. The ongoing civil war, recurrent droughts, hunger and poverty leave millions of people in the African country no choice: they have to flee their homeland and need help. Despite all the dangers our humanitarian assistants are there for the children, women and men in need.

Faizah Korgan* left South Sudan in 2016. With her family, the now 60-year-old fled to Ethiopia on foot: "The flight was long and exhausting. There were times when I thought we would not make it," she says, but they did it.

In the refugee camp, employees from our member organisation HelpAge asked if Faizah Korgan wanted to start her own small business. She took part in a workshop with other refugees and was able to open a shop with the help of seed capital. There she sells food such as oil, milk and biscuits. "I'm so happy with the new store. The shop gives me hope for the future" she says, beaming.

Thanks to your donation, Faizah Korgan and many other refugees can now start a better life. Thank you very much for your support!

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HelpAge ensures that older people receive aid
HelpAge ensures that older people receive aid

The brutal civil war in South Sudan forces millions of people to leave their home and seek for safety in one of the neighbouring countries. Aktion Deutschland Hilft and its coalition members work in South Sudan and the adjacent countries to support the refugees. Many thousands of them crossed the borders to Ethiopia to find refuge.

Life in a refugee camp is always hard. As many people had to flee instantly, they could not bring their belongings, such as household items or clothes. Next to water, food and medicine they need items for their daily use, such as matrasses, pots and pans for cooking and hygiene materials. In their tents or huts they find shelter from the weather, but they are often crowded with many generations living together. Among the refugees, the situation is especially hard for old people. They often have special needs, e.g. they cannot walk for long or need medical treatment.

To ensure that older people’s needs are not forgotten, our member organisation HelpAge organises interest groups for this group. 63-year-old Chol Pur Keath is spokeswomen in an interest group for older refugees. She was appointed to give the interest group a voice and to pass on their needs to the camp administration, the local government and the aid workers. The main goal is that old people and their needs become visible within the camp, so that they can participate in decisions and take responsibility within the camp. Her megaphone is Chol’s most important tool in their regular meetings: Everyone can hear her. HelpAge is training her to be able to support the interest group as good as she can.

HelpAge additionally employs people who function as home-based carers, to ensure that older people know about everything that goes on in the camp. The carers visit older people at home to inform them about distributions and other events. If the person is not able to reach the distribution point, a home delivery can be organised. This insures that older people get the same amount of food and non food items, so they stay healthy and well-nourished.

With your donation to our project you make this and other projects possible and ensure, that the needs of all the refugees are heard – whether they are old or young, women or men or healthy or sick. We cordially thank you for your support!

Interest groups speak up for older people's needs
Interest groups speak up for older people's needs
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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
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Hindatou and friend at child friendly space
Hindatou and friend at child friendly space

Over 100.000 Nigerian refugees currently live in the Diffa Region of Niger. They come from the Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where violent attacks frequently take place. The refugees themselves were affected by violence: Their hometowns or villages were raided, neighbours or family members were attacked and killed and women and children were often taken captives and detained by members of these violent groups.

Our member organisations are working in Niger and Chad to help the refugees who are often traumatised or wounded. The refugee camp of Sayam Forage is located 40 km from Diffa town in Niger. It currently hosts more than 10.500 refugees with new arrivals every month.

World Vision and Aktion Deutschland Hilft set up a child-friendly space in Sayam Forage refugee camp in 2015. Here the children receive psychosocial support, and counselling and they learn about children rights and hygiene. Fidele Nindagiye, World Vision’s child protection in emergencies specialist for this emergency, says: “A child-friendly space is a place for children to release traumatic experience and emotions they may have gone through. Children like to play a lot in normal situations. During stressful circumstances, playing becomes vital. World Vision uses recreational activities to keep children busy and help them release some psychological blockage.”

Twelve year old Hindatou made great progress visiting the child-friendly space. Together with her mother and her siblings she was a captive of violent groups and was detained for several months. Hindatou was nine years old by this time. They were able to escape and arrived in Sayam Forage one year later. Hindatou was deeply traumatised: “I remember our arrival. Every night, Hindatou had nightmares. She was seeing the tragic events during the attack over and over again”, her mother Rahana said. Frequently, Hindatou visited the child-friendly space and stabilized. Nowadays, she is a happy girl with lots of friends. Rahana says: “My children are now very likely to have a better life. That makes me a fulfilled mother”.

We are very grateful for your donation for our project „Help for refugees“. Your support helps us to set up child-friendly spaces in refugee camps all over the world to help children overcome trauma. Thank you very much.

Rahana's daughter Hindatou has overcome trauma
Rahana's daughter Hindatou has overcome trauma
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In these area the arrivals can build their houses
In these area the arrivals can build their houses

Currently, over a million Southern Sudanese refugees are living in the neighbouring state of Uganda. They flee from latest flare-ups of violence and from drought, which have led to a severe and ongoing famine since last year. But Uganda itself is not a rich state. Many people in Uganda are poor and need support themselves. Caring for one million refugees is a task that is not easily fulfilled. Aktion Deutschland Hilft and our member organizations are in Uganda to support the refugees and inhabitants.

One of the projects of our coalition is located in Omugo settlement at the border between Uganda and Southern Sudan. Here, the exemplary cooperation of NGOs and the local government has led to a perfect integration system: Every arriving family gets 30 square meters of ground to build a house and plant vegetables and crops. The village inhabitants welcome their new neighbours. For them, it is a natural course to help and support each other. Aktion Deutschland Hilft is in place to support the village with food and drinking water and with other non-food items, such as building equipment. In addition, Aktion Deutschland Hilft builds schools and health centers for both old and new neighbours.

Our member organization Handicap International is in Omugo to equip the new arrivals with basic things of need: food and water, clothes or cooking material. Furthermore, they offer psychological support for traumatised refugees. As an organization which focusses on helping people with special needs, they make sure that all services are accessible for people with mental or physical disability.

We are very grateful for your support of the project „Help for refugees“, as it makes this and other aid measure possible. With your donation you directly help refugees in Omugo and in other places of the world. Thank you very much.

All pictures (c) Aktion Deutschland Hilft/Kai Kappes

They refugees get food and water
They refugees get food and water
Collecting every day items
Collecting every day items
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