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Volunteers prepare for a pumping exercise.

Every day, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief is active in Germany and across the world. Altogether, the voluntary experts commit more than one million hours per year to civil protection. On the following pages, you can find information about the activities of THW.


In the refugee camps in North Iraq, THW improves the system of water supply and disposal as well as sanitary facilities.

Help for refugees in North Iraq

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.
In the German Heidenrod the THW volunteers took over both the catering of the refugees as well as of the volunteers in October.

Refugee aid: More than 13,000 THW volunteers deployed

Refugee aid is a challenging task and one of the largest operations in the history of THW. About 13,200 THW volunteers have been deployed so far to take up the challenge. In October, about 220,000 refugees came to Europe across the Mediterranean. As yet this has been the largest number to be recorded in one month. The volunteers are preparing many refugee shelters for the winter.
Setting up of beds is only one of the manifold tasks of THW volunteers in refugee assistance.

Refugee aid: Around 11,500 THW volunteers in action so far

Around 11,500 THW volunteers have been providing refugee assistance in more than 300 locations across Germany. They have put in more than 106,000 hours of work, making it one of the largest THW operations in Germany since the organisation was founded. Thanks to its wide array of capabilities, THW can provide diverse support to the requesting authorities – federal states, districts, cities, town councils and aid agencies.

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As a partner in civil protection in Germany, THW assists people after catastrophes and accidents. The Federal Agency performs its legal mission not only in Germany but also during operations across the world in more than 100 countries now.

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Hochwasserübung in Köln - zwei THW-Helfer bauen einen Schutzdamm auf.

Preparation is everything, because accidents and catastrophes can neither be predicted nor planned. Therefore, it is important to be well trained and ready any time.

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"THW Day" in Chemnitz 2009 - one of the biggest events in THW history.

Activities across Germany, project events, information forums or trade fairs – here you can find current reports about events concerning the participation of THW in Germany and across the world.

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The women from THW-local branch Bremen.

Current results of co-operations with new partners, research projects, ground-breaking agreements and much more. Here you learn what moves the world of THW.

more: News …

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