After flooding, earthquakes or other disasters, rapid and specific assistance is vital. This is why the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working together with the THW and other German organisations as part of a Cluster Approach to providing relief.
Today, the Airbus Helicopters Foundation expanded its humanitarian outreach by signing a high-level agreement on heliborne airlift support for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), which coordinates and carries out operations at international natural disaster sites and in other emergency situations. The agreement was signed during the International Aeronautics and Space exhibition ILA by Klaus Buchmüller, Head of International Division and Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany.
In the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, THW has been working since 2013 to ensure that refugees from Syria and internally displaced Iraqis have safe places to find shelter. The THW measures are designed to have a sustainable effect, which is why the organisation is training the residents and promoting social involvement.
For more than three years now, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has committed itself to refugees in the Near and Middle East. In the autonomous region of Kurdistan in North Iraq both civil war refugees from Syria and internally displaced Iraqi have to be accommodated and looked after.
With the return of the remaining four volunteers at the weekend, THW's operations in Nepal were completed after 44 days. After the devastating earthquakes, THW operated mainly in Kathmandu. On behalf of the Federal Government and upon request of the Foreign Office, THW deployed 33 experts to represent German Humanitarian Aid. The THW volunteers treated drinking water for the survivors, were active on behalf of the German embassy in a variety of tasks, inspected buildings and also supported the UN as well as the EU in the areas of logistics and the coordination of the international aid.
Yesterday in the morning morning the relief flight of the German Red Cross (DRK), which also carried equipment of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), has landed in Nepal. The altogether 60 tons of relief items included two drinking water treatment units, a mobile laboratory as well as camping equipment for THW.
The advance team of four, deployed to support the German embassy as well as a team of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad of THW (SEEWA), has arrived in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu at midday. The experts will explore the situation on site and prepare the SEEWA operations.
After the severe earthquake in Nepal with more than 2,000 deaths and about 5,000 injured people, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has sent at noon today on Sunday an advance team to Kathmandu on behalf of the Federal Government. The task of the team of four is to support the German Embassy in coordination and reconnaissance tasks as well as the preparation of the operation. In the evening, further eleven operational staff of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) will fly to the operational area.
Last Friday, THW sent an expert in the field of information and communication technology to the south-east African country of Malawi. There, for three weeks, he will support international relief organisations in their fight against flooding.
During the last weeks, heavy rainfall has lead to flooding across a large area in the south of the country by which more than 600,000 people are affected. Since mid-January, the State of Emergency has been declared in 15 districts.
In West Africa several states are still fighting against Ebola. For more than four months, THW has participated in the international aid operations by contributing their technical-logistical expertise. These efforts are already showing their first sign of success. This fact was also confirmed by the Special Representative of the Federal Government, Mr Walter Lindner, when he visited THW's operational staff in Sierra Leone.
On 12th January 2010 the earth in Haiti trembled. Due to the disaster, more than 200,000 people lost their lives, hundreds of thousands became homeless. One day after the disaster, a reconnaissance team of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief started its operations to support the German Embassy in Haiti. Altogether, the commitment of THW lasted for more than 18 months.