Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or landslides, can be the cause of humanitarian emergencies where the affected people cannot help themselves.
Immediate, needs-based assistance and protection ensure the survival of the people affected. Safe shelter, clean drinking water, food and emergency medical care are essential to alleviate acute distress and prevent further suffering.
But the short-term relief efforts also lay the groundwork for returning to a better, more resilient life later.
This is where our support for reconstruction comes in.
Our guiding principle of “helping people to help themselves” is also central to disaster relief – wherever possible, we involve those affected in the needs-based planning and implementation of our relief measures.
Our disaster relief is based on the humanitarian imperative as well as the internationally applied standards of humanitarian aid.