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Missions across the world

In 1999 the French population christened the volunteers of THW “Blue Angels”, when they helped to remove the damage in France after hurricane “Lothar” had struck. Since its foundation, THW has been deployed in missions in more than a hundred countries. As humanitarian ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, THW complies with the joint global responsibility of helping people in distress. With its Rapid-Deployment Units for Salvage and Water and Sanitation (SEEBA and SEEWA), THW provides emergency relief everywhere in the world, where it is needed. Furthermore, it is active in providing advice and support for the coordination of relief measures.

International specialists at the THW: Nine volunteers set up and operated the infrastructure for a Peace Summer Camp in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Showers, lighting and local food – THW supplies youth camp

The history of the country, personal experiences, trauma and non-violence – these were the main issues during the “Peace Summer Camp” which took place in mid-July near Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 100 young people from all the country’s ethnic and religious groups took advantage of the event for sharing and exchange. Nine THW international specialists from Bavaria set up the infrastructure for the one-week educational youth encounter in the Igman mountains.
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The bladder tank stores the filtered water until it can be distributed to the population.

Mission on the Roof of the World: One Year Later

The earth often quakes – most recently in Ecuador, Myanmar and Japan. On April 25, 2015, a severe earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Nepal, at the roof of the world. In regions around the capital, Kathmandu, almost 9,000 people lost their lives and 100,000 were seriously injured. Many more lost their homes and any access to clean water. Experts from the THW Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) were deployed as part of the immediate emergency intervention and immediately set about alleviating the problem with lack of potable water in Nepal.
Participants in the Camp Cleaning Days in the Basirma camp.

Long-term Aid for People in Northern Iraq

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.
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.
After the earthquake, THW provided the Nepalese population with drinking water.

Earthquake in Nepal: THW operations completed

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. The operations were financed by the Foreign Office.
In Nepal THW could distribute approximately 1.4 million litres of clean water to the local population in Kathmandu.

Earthquake in Nepal: Drinking water supply completed

After three weeks, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has successfully completed the water treatment in Nepal. The voluntary THW experts distributed about 1.4 million litres of clean drinking water to the local population. The local water supplier assumes the drinking water supply again after the water infrastructure had been repaired. However, the operations of THW have not yet come to an end. At the moment, damage to buildings is being assessed ,which had been caused by another earthquake on 12th May.
THW in Nepal restarted the treatment of drinking water.

Earthquake in Nepal: Drinking water treatment restarted

On Wednesday, the THW volunteers in Nepal restarted the treatment of drinking water. After another earthquake on Tuesday, THW had to briefly interrupt their work.
Due to the second earthquake, the treatment had to be briefly interrupted.

Earthquake in Nepal: THW volunteers well after another earthquake

After another serious earthquake in Nepal, the THW volunteers in Nepal are well. One volunteer has suffered mild injuries during the aftershocks. The drinking water treatment units, with which THW has produced clean water for about two weeks, had to be temporarily interrupted but were not damaged.
The recently opened bridge crosses a dry riverbed which often carries huge amounts of water in winter.

THW completes operations in Jordan

For three years, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) contributed to setting up camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan and carried out maintenance work. The work of the THW volunteers in the desert ended last week with a ceremonial opening of a 60-metre long steel bridge in al Azraq.
The refugee camp of Basirma in the region of Kurdistan-Iraq. There, among other things, THW worked on drainage and sewers.

North Iraq: refugee camps grow further

Sub-zero temperatures, rain fall and snow – the winter does not even stop in front of the desert in North Iraq. It makes the life of the Syrian refugees and the internally displaced Iraqi, who have taken refuge there, even more difficult. Among other things, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief contributes to making the camps winter firm.
As lots of houses were destroyed by the floods, people are looking for shelter in temporary camps that have been set up in schools or churches.

THW expert in Malawi

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.  
A THW volunteer repairing an all-terrain vehicle in Ghana.

Ebola epidemic: a provisional assessment

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.
In Haiti THW volunteers distributed treated drinking water to the population.

Haiti: Five years ago the earth shook

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.
Camp 50 in the Ebola free country of Benin is set up.

Ebola epidemic: progress of THW operations

By now, THW has been active in West Africa for more than six weeks and has provided its logistical-technical contribution in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. Since the beginning of the operations, much has happened. Thus, for example, THW carried out numerous procurements in Ghana, set up several camps in Sierra Leone, performed technical maintenance work, developed a satellite communication system or supported the coordination of international aid. To date, altogether about 30 THW volunteers have been deployed.
Besides camp equipment, the relief goods include THW emergency vehicles.

THW is shipping relief goods to West Africa for the fight against Ebola

Today the Federal Agency for Technical Relief is carrying out a relief goods transport to Sierra Leone. Besides THW equipment, goods for the German Red Cross are also transported.
After typhoon Haiyan, THW volunteers provide emergency help in the Philippines  - above all by the treatment of drinking water.

Typhoon Haiyan – one year later

These days mark the first anniversary of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines: on 8th November, Haiyan swept through the island state with wind speeds of up to 236 miles/h to leave a trail of destruction. Until the end of January 2014, about 70 THW volunteers provided afterwards important emergency aid, above all in the sector of drinking water supply.
THW intensifies its activities in the fight against Ebola.

Ebola-Epidemic: THW sends operational personnel to West Africa

On behalf of the Federal Government, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief intensifies its activities in the fight against Ebola. Altogether seven THW experts are now providing technical-logistical support in West Africa for international aid operations. On Tuesday, six volunteers left for Ghana. Four of them will later on travel as a technical team to Sierra Leone. One volunteer has already been deployed in the Guinean capital of Conakry since the last weekend.
A Jordan staff member from THW (l.) is discussing the work at hand with inhabitants of the Camp of al Azraq.

Camp al Azraq: A city in the desert

Approximately six months after it was opened, about 15,000 Syrian civil war refugees live in Camp al Azraq in Jordan. The work of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is making progress, whilst more and more people are arriving at the camp.
THW supports the United Nations in expanding and operating refugee camps in Iraq.

THW provides technical support to Iraqi refugees

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is expanding its deployment in the region of Kurdistan in North Iraq. There, the experts of THW have supported the local authorities since November 2013 in setting up and expanding the infrastructure at several camps for refugees of the Syrian civil war. On behalf of the Federal Government, THW now also participates in setting up refugee camps for Iraqi refugees.
Within three weeks, THW volunteers pumped out about 2.1 billion litres of water.

THW operations in the Balkans completed

In mid-May, heavy and prolonged rain resulted in the most serious flooding in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than 100 years. During this period, altogether about 250 volunteers from THW supported the population in the flooded areas with the help of heavy-duty pumps and drinking water treatment units. The operations were completed on 23rd July.
About 30 THW volunteers operated in Denmark.

Neighbour assistance for Denmark

At the weekend, heavy rainfall has resulted in flooded areas in the south of Denmark. The situation was particularly dramatic in the town of Tonder on the German-Danish border. Based on the framework of the border country concept, about 30 THW volunteers from the adjacent local sections supported the Danish authorities and organisations during the large-scale operation.
Meanwhile, almost 10,000 Syrians live in Camp al Azraq.

Syria crisis: Camp al Azraq is growing

Only a few weeks ago, the refugee camp of al Azraq in the Jordan desert was deserted. Meanwhile, almost 10,000 Syrian have moved into their temporary accommodation – an end to this influx of refugees is not in sight. Every day, up to 600 new refugees arrive at the camp, who are supplied with drinking water by THW.
About seven weeks after the appearence of the floods, THW is still providing drinking water in the Balkans.

Drinking water supply in the Balkans continued

About seven weeks after the appearance of the devastating floods in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, THW is till supplying the population of the Serbian town of Obrenovac with drinking water. With their drinking water treatment units, volunteers of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) are currently producing about 35,000 litres of water a day. THW's operations will last until the end of July.
A machine operator is checking the settings of the high capacity pump.

Pump works in the Balkans completed

About three weeks after the onset of the devastating floods in the Balkans, THW has completed the pump works in Bosnia. In the course of the operations, twelve heavy-duty pumps transported about 2.1 billion litres of water in Bosnia and Serbia. This amount corresponds to roughly 560 Olympic swimming pools. In both countries, the drinking water treatment will be continued.
Due to the floods, not only buildings and streets in Bosnia are flooded but, on top of that, the drinking water is polluted.

THW-water experts on their way to Bosnia

The flood disaster in the Balkan continues; the affected states still depend on international help. First, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia asked the European partners for lifeboats, then, for high-performance pumps, which, among other suppliers, were provided by THW. Now it is drinking water that is urgently required.
Civil protection experts from different countries cooperate in the association of the International Humanitarian Partnership.

Typhoon Haiyan: end of operations for THW-technician in IHP

In the context of the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP), THW had been deployed in the Philippines since November. This week, the last THW volunteer will come back from the area of operations.
For weeks, THW provided emergency power systems.

Blackouts in Slovenia: emergency power supply completed

For about four weeks, volunteers provided emergency power for the population in the west of Slovenia. At the weekend, THW completed its operations.
The development of the infrastructure is the focus of THW’s commitment in the region of Kurdistan-Iraq.

Syria crisis: support for refugees in North Iraq

The influx of refugees from Syria does not abate: daily, people seek refuge in the neighbouring countries. The region of Kurdistan-Iraq is one of their aims. Since November 2013, THW-volunteers have supported the government in developing the infrastructure for the refugees.
THW provides power for the Slovenian population.

Power for Slovenia

For weeks, snow and ice had a firm grip on Slovenia. Though the snow has melted, the population is still fighting against its impact. For two weeks, THW-volunteers have ensured the power supply in the region around Postojna.
Snowfall and freezing rain have lead to a standstill of the infrastructure in Slovenia.

Freezing rain in Slovenia: THW provides more generators

THW provides another five emergency power supply units (NEA) for Slovenia. Volunteers will take the units, which have a performance of between 200 to 500 kVA, to Logatec in Slovenia and will then connect them to the Slovenian network. The operations will be supported by those THW-experts who have already been deployed in the area.
Snow and freezing rain have lead to the standstill of the infrastructure in some parts of Slovenia.

Freezing rain in Slovenia: ambassador visits THW-volunteers

About four percent of the population in Slovenia is still without electricity. Meanwhile, an additional number of THW-volunteers have started their work. This afternoon, the German ambassador in Slovenia, Dr. Anna Prinz, visited THW’s sites of operation in Logatec and Postojna.
Snow and freezing rain have lead to the standstill of the infrastructure in some parts of Slovenia.

Freezing rain in Slovenia: power generators are running

Since this morning, three circuits of THW have been running in the region around Postojna in the southwest of the country. Yesterday a nine-member team arrived in Slovenia and immediately afterwards started their operations.
The head of the UNHCR sub-office Dohuk, Ms Tanya Kareem (l.), and Mr Marinus Baumann (THW, r.) gave the Green politician, Ms Claudia Roth, a guided tour through the refugee camp of Domiz.

Syria crisis: Claudia Roth visits refugee camps

On Friday, the Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Ms Claudia Roth, visited the refugee camp of Domiz in the region of Kurdistan-Iraq. There she obtained some information about the living conditions of the refugees and the progress of THW’s activities in the camp.
THW volunteers provided the population of Bantayan with clean drinking water.

Typhoon Haiyan: handover of wells

More than 1.8 million litres of treated water, ten restored wells and 1276 evaluated samples – these are just a few figures concerning THW’s assignment in the Philippines. About eight weeks after the devastating typhoon Haiyan had left a trail of destruction in the Philippines, the deployment of THW on the island of Bantayan is coming to an end. At an official ceremony last Saturday, which marked the completion of their activities, THW handed over wells to the responsibility of local authorities.
Thousands of liters of drinking water are distributed every day.

Typhoon Haiyan: well water is clean

The further supply of the population in the Philippines, affected by typhoon “Haiyan”, with water is ensured. Since the start of the work, THW’s water experts have produced more than 1.5 million litres of drinking water. The city and outskirts of Santa Fe on the island of Bantayan are supplied with the help of tankers.
A representative of the Bureau of Migration and Displacement opens the new road at camp Domiz.

New vehicles, new road: progress in North Iraq

In Dohuk (Autonomous Region of Kurdistan/North Iraq), THW handed over on Monday machines and vehicles for the refugee camps in the region to camp manager, Mr Edrees Koscher. Last week, THW staff had already opened a new road at camp Domiz.
The aid goes on: at the lorry, the population collects the drinking water from THW volunteers.

Typhoon Haiyan: water for Bantayan

When the lorry with the volunteers of THW reaches the villages around the town of Santa Fe, the faces of the people there immediately brighten up. Active THW members bring the fresh drinking water for the day to the Philippine island of Bantayan.
Distribution at the lorry: the population from the villages around Santa Fe collects the drinking water.

Typhoon Haiyan: water for the villages

With immediate effect, the aid of THW for the residents of the Philippine island of Bantayan will be extended to surrounding villages. On Friday, active THW members brought drinking water to the surrounding area of the town of Santa Fe with the help of two lorry loads.
Archive picture: After hurricane Nargis, THW helped in Myanmar by providing drinking water units.

Help after typhoon Haiyan

Upon request of the Foreign Office, THW will send a five-man team to the Philippines. From the Philippine capital of Manila it will support the German embassy in assessing relief possibilities to be carried out by the Federal Government as well as exploring the deployment options for THW.
Thousands of buildings and containers in Azraq are prepaired and ready for use.

Operation mission in Jordan extended

The refugee camp in al Azraq in Jordan still resembles a ghost town. The core of the camp in the middle of a desert, however, is completed. The more the opening date is delayed, the more opportunities for those responsible to optimise the infrastructure at the camp arise: under certain circumstances, the facilities must last for several years until people have the opportunity to return to their home.
Jordan workers support the construction work in the Azraq camp.

Syria crisis: Infrastructure must function

The focus of an exploration by THW, which is currently taking place in the Kurdish regions of Erbil, Dohuk and Suleymaniah, is on the construction and development of the Syrian refugee camp in the North of Iraq. At the request of the Foreign Office, a three-man THW-team has been on the site to sort out support possibilities for authorities on site, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF). Meanwhile, work at the still uninhabited refugee camp in the Jordan desert near Azraq has made good progress.
Under the supervision of THW, water storage spaces are set up.

Syria crisis: progress of construction work at the camp

THW’s extension works at the refugee camp of al Azraq continue: at the camp in the Jordan desert, in future altogether four water storage spaces will provide water to thousands of people per day. Thanks to a capacity of up to 570,000 litres, daily 19,000 refugees per storage space can be supplied with this essential commodity. Furthermore, the construction of more than 20 distribution points at the camp is planned.
View of the camp area.

Syria crisis: Camp development making progress

The influx of refugees from Syria to the neighbouring countries does not stop. About 100,000 refugees are living now in the camp of al Za´atari near the Syrian-Jordan border. The team of THW has been continuously working to improve the living conditions of the refugees in the tent town.
Ambassador, Mr Ralph Tarraf (second from the right) got up to speed about the situation in the refugee camp.

Syria crisis: ambassador, Mr Tarraf visits camp

Together with members from UNICEF, the German ambassador in Jordan, Mr Ralph Tarraf, visited on Monday the refugee camp of al Za’atari in the Jordan-Syrian border area. The delegation was briefed about the current situation by THW-staff on site and visited different parts of the camp.
Above all, the older parts of the camp were affected by the rain. Therefore, THW’s staff tried their very best to make the camp weather-proof.

Syria crisis: bad weather impairs living conditions

Al Za’atari, Jordan. To some extent, the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in Jordan are dramatic. Heavy rainfall and the onset of winter in the Near East have led to the worsening of the general situation. “We try our very best to make the camp more weather-proof”, says THW’s head of operations in Jordan, Ms Veronika Wolf. Near the Jordan-Syrian border, THW has supported the setting up of a refugee camp, which is meant to give shelter to up to 60,000 people.
With the help of local staff, THW- personnel are laying drainage systems in the refugee camp in Jordan.

Syria crisis: THW makes camp winter proof

In the summer up to 40 degrees in the shade, in the winter sub-zero temperatures in some places and snow fall – the Jordanian climate is characterised by big contrasts. Since July, a camp for Syrian refugees has been set up near the town of Za’atari. After a summer with a lot of heat, THW is preparing the tent town for the cold season.
Near the WFP-building in Dadeldhura the mobile satellite system is situated.

When calls for help do not reach their destination any more

From Neuhausen to Nepal: In our modern world, communication networks can reach even the most remote regions. However, they are vulnerable. World-wide, THW supports the preparation of emergency forces for the failure of regular communication networks after disasters.
JHAS-Vice-President, Mr Qais Jaradat, and THW-project coordinator, Mr Andreas Heinrich, during the handing over of the ambulance vehicles.

Syria crisis: Micro-projects completed

With THW’s official handing over of three ambulance vehicles to the Jordan relief organisation Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS), three micro-projects could be completed in Jordan. Besides the ambulance vehicles, a generator for the provision of emergency power at the hospital of Dleil was also handed over.
In the Jordan refugee camp, refugees support the extension work in the camp.

Syria crisis: camp inhabitants contribute to building activities

Logistical challenges are the order of the day during the extension measures at the refugee camp near the Jordan town of al Za´atari. Within eight weeks, THW had sanitary units with 380 toilets installed. Under the direction and supervision of THW, Jordan enterprises are building 160 kitchen units for the camp. Each of these units includes two kitchens. The activities are supported by Syrian refugees.
The Federal Foreign Minister, Mr Guido Westerwelle, together with the THW-team.

Syria Crisis: Mr Westerwelle visits THW-Team

Yesterday, the Federal Foreign Minister, Mr Guido Westerwelle, and his Jordan counterpart, Mr Nasser Judeh, visited the refugee camp al Za’atari in the Jordan-Syrian border area. Mr Westerwelle was impressed by the performance of the THW-team and assured further support. In the presence of the ministers, UNHCR and THW signed a contract about the construction of kitchen units.
Children in the camp: THW supports UNHCR and UNICEF in expanding the camp.

Syria Crisis: Everyday Life under unusual Circumstances

The tent town in the middle of the Jordan desert is growing. Three quarters of the altogether 160 planned sanitary facilities in the refugee camp near the Jordan town of Za´atari were completed. More than 12,000 refugees have already been registered.
Having a discussion: UNICEF-representative, Mr Michele Servadei (l.), Federal Development Minister, Mr Dirk Niebel (middle) and THW-Head of Operations, Mr Stephan Mack (r.).

Syria Crisis: Federal Minister, Mr Niebel visits Refugee Camp

The refugee camp near the Jordan town of Za´atari has not yet reached its full size. At the moment, more than 6,500 refugees are living in the camp town – their number is increasing on a day-to-day basis. On monday the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr Dirk Niebel, visited the camp and was briefed, among other things, about the work of THW.
A tent town: the camp near the Jordan town of Za´atari.

Syria Crisis: Extension Work in Camp continues

In the middle of the Jordan desert, a huge camp for Syrian refugees is being built with the support of THW. The extension work near the Jordan town of Za´atari is progressing: the first permanent sanitary facilities are fully operating, more will follow. Daily, THW provides more than 180,000 litres of water to meanwhile 4,000 refugees, who were received at the camp.
Flagge der Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk

Syria crisis: Support of Embassy in Lebanon

Not only in Jordan but also in Lebanon Syrian refugees seek refuge. At the last weekend, THW therefore sent THW-staff to the German Embassy in Lebanon, upon request of the Foreign Office and on behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. They support the embassy personnel in the Lebanese capital of Beirut in presenting the situation and investigating the possibility of relief measures for the refugees. The contribution by THW is financed by the Foreign Office.
Signing of the contract: the President of the Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS), Dr. Yaroup Ajlouni, and THW’s project coordinator on site.

Syria Crisis: THW supports Jordan Relief Organisations

THW staff are not only sought after to expand the refugee camp near the Jordan town of Za´atari, but also in the capital of Amman. There, THW supports Jordan relief organisations to implement projects. The tasks include the supply of Syrian refugees with food and first-aid kits.
In Jordan, THW-volunteers support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in building a camp.

Syria Crisis: Tent Camp opened in Jordan

A huge tent camp, in the middle of the desert, and built up within a short time: yesterday the first big refugee camp was opened in Jordan near the Jordanian town of Za´atari. THW supports the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in operating and expanding the camp. The tent camp is to accommodate more than 120,000 refugees.
More THW-volunteers arrived in Jordan to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Za´atari.

Syria Crisis: Arrival of more THW-Volunteers in Jordan

“Sand, as far as the eye can reach, on average more than 40 degrees, and the Syrian border is less than 10 kilometres from here”, reports THW-head of operations, Mr Stephan Mack, from Jordan. In Za´atari, Mr Mack and his team support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in building a town consisting of tents – a camp for up to 140,000 refugees. This is a logistical performance of the highest order. Therefore, more THW-volunteers arrived in Jordan today.
THW and the French civil protection authority cooperate.

Heavy rain fall in France: THW supports pump works

On Monday, it was necessary to cooperate across borders: heavy rain fall lead to the flooding of numerous cellars in Bernardvillé (Alsace, France). Afterwards, about 20 THW-experts were deployed to work with pumps and to clear the area.
The local staff are trained by THW personnel at different building sites.

THW-Mission in South Sudan completed

THW’s operations in South Sudan are completed. Since May, THW-staff from the Standing Engineering Capacity-unit (SEC) have supported the United Nations (UN) in setting up accommodation for UN-personnel in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.
THW-volunteers see to water supply.

Ethiopia: THW completes its Operations

With the handing over of THW-equipment to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), THW’s operations in the Horn of Africa were completed in November. For four months, THW supported the UN in improving the living conditions of refugees in Ethiopia: At refugee camps, THW-volunteers repaired water supply equipment and set up sanitation.
THW-volunteers see to water supply.

Ethiopia: THW extends operational area

THW’s operation in Ethiopia is extended by another refugee camp. In Bokolmanyo, THW supports staff of the Refugee Agency of the United Nations (UNHCR) in building measures. Therefore, an additional number of 40,000 refugees profit from Germany’s humanitarian help in Ethiopia.
THW-Helfer kümmern sich um die Wasserversorgung.

THW in Ethiopia: First Success Visible

“The situation of the 120,000 refugees in the camps around Dolo Ado is still difficult, but first success is visible”, reports THW’s Head of Mission, Mr Oliver Hochedez from Ethiopia. On behalf of the Foreign Office, a ten-man THW operational team has been on site for two weeks to improve the general living conditions of the refugees.
About 120,000 refugees are in the border area between Ethiopia and Somalia in the Dolo Ado district.

Operational Team in Ethiopia

THW supports the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with technical and logistical help.
THW-volunteers from three local sections support Luxembourg’s civil protection.

Luxembourg: Falling water level threatens fish

Fish mortality in the Sauer: From Monday to Tuesday, the water level of the border river between Luxembourg and Germany decreased by almost two metres. Since Tuesday, THW has been deployed in Steinheim, Luxembourg. By means of large mobile pumps, they stabilise the water level of a river arm and oxygenate the water. Clean-up operations at a barrage in Rosport (Luxembourg) caused the fall of the water level.
Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

Explosion on Cyprus: THW sends out technology experts

On Saturday, THW sent out three experts to Cyprus for the technical and logistical support of an EU-team. Last Monday, several heavy explosions at the naval base of Evangelos Florakis damaged a nearby power station, which caused power cuts in many parts of the island.
Even after the floods clean drinking water is the most valuable commodity

THW: Mission in Pakistan completed

Who remembers the serious floods in Pakistan? Since July 2010, about 14 million people have suffered from the impact of the monsoon rain. After nine months, the THW-mission in Pakistan was completed yesterday. Recently, THW operated in the country as part of the relief association International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP). Another task of THW in Pakistan was the treatment of drinking water.
The construction work of THW’s volunteers of 25 residential buildings is supported by local workforce.

THW supports UN-Peace Mission in the South of Sudan

The THW-team in the south of Sudan is complete. The five members of the new THW-foreign unit SEC (Standing Engineering Capacity) were assigned to build 25 residential houses for the civil personnel of a UN-peace mission.
THW helps in the numerous emergency camps of Haiti, among other things, to set up drainage, to secure footpaths and to install sanitary equipment.

Haiti: Help for better Life Conditions

The building of drainage, the securing of footpaths, the installation of sanitary facilities and the supply of drinking water are tasks which THW fulfils in Haiti to improve the living conditions in the many emergency camps. THW implements the building measures on behalf of the office for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO).
THW started its operations in Pakistan.

THW has started operating in Pakistan

In cooperation with the civil protection authorities from Sweden (MSB) and Denmark (DEMA), THW started its operations in Pakistan on Saturday. The area of operations is the province of Punjab, which has been particularly severely hit by the floods of the last weeks. The entire range of measures of THW is coordinated with the United Nations (UN) who is in charge of coordinating the operations on site.

EVROS 2010: EU-Experts practise Flood Emergency

From 26th to 31st May the prefecture of Evros in the east of Greece was the scene of a large-scale exercise of the EU. The damage scenario was an extreme flood on the border river of Evros. The prefecture and the river provided the name to the exercise “EVROS 2010”, in which THW experts took part.
THW and its local staff operate the drinking water distribution points in Port-au-Prince.

Drinking Water for Haiti: How to Rescue Lives at three Cents per Litre

Each distributed litre of water helps to decrease the costs for the teatment of drinking water in Haiti. At the current output of 25 million litres of treated water, the production price is three cents per litre.
In Talcahuano near Concepcíon some roads are still difficult to pass.

Earthquake in Chile: Volunteers are back

The mission of THW in Chile is completed. At the weekend the last of the eight deployed volunteers returned to Germany. During the previous week, the team ensured, among other things, the communication equipment of the German Embassy and provided advice on building techniques.
The picture of many Chilean towns, here Talcahuano near Concepción, is still marked by the earthquake of 27 February.

Aftershocks in Chile – THW-volunteers out of Danger

Monday night, an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shattered Chile, once again. The aftershock happened about 70 kilometres northwest of Concepción. The volunteers of the Rapid Deployment Unit for Salvage Operations Abroad (SEEBA) are in good health and continue their operations.
At Frankfurt Airport, the relief supplies from the various organisations are being loaded on the air freighter.

Earthquake in Haiti: Joint Relief Supplies Transportation on its Way

Today an air freighter with 75 tons of relief supplies of German organisations left from Frankfurt to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The relief supplies contain, for example, two drinking water treatment units and laboratory equipment of THW as well as generators, medicaments, food, tools, equipment for emergency accommodation and vehicles from altogether 13 German aid organisations. The freight machine of the type MD-11 was provided by Lufthansa Cargo. THW was responsible for the entire logistics of the relief supplies transportation by cooperating with Lufthansa Cargo.
THW-experts teach the local personnel how to use the drinking water treatment units.

Earthquake in Haiti: One Month after the Disaster

"We are making continuous progress with our work. The greatest reward for this work is to feel that the population is welcoming our help", says THW's Head of Mission in Port-au-Prince, Mr Stefan Tahn from Itzehoe. Since 18th January the drinking water treatment units of THW have operated in Haiti all around the clock. Initially there were only two units within spitting distance of the airport. After the arrival of the second team of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA), two more units were set up in Léogâne. "During the last weeks we have treated about 3.5 million litres of water and distributed it to the population", summarises Mr Tahn.
For about two weeks, THW has provided vital emergency assistance in Léogâne.

Humanitarian Help in Léogâne

For about two weeks, THW has provided vital emergency assistance in Léogâne by treating drinking water.The two THW drinking water treatment units have produced about 400,000 litres in the town near the epicentre of the earthquake. In the camp of THW in Léogâne, the German aid organisations are meeting for weekly coordination talks to tune the aid for the population in the region.
According to the principle "Cash for Work", THW employs local personnel and teaches them the operation of drinking water treatment units.

Water and Cash-for-Work

Three weeks after the devastating earthquake, the focus of the THW mission in Haiti is still the drinking water supply for the population. Additionally, the THW-team analyses the quality of the water in their own laboratories and introduces the local personnel to the operation of drinking water treatment units. In Léogâne,THW operates a basis camp which also accommodates other organisations.
In Léogâne, the THW-volunteers set up a camp with two drinking water treatment units (TWA), which treat 12,000 litres of water per hour.

THW-Volunteers back from Haiti

After a three-week mission in Port-au-Prince, the first six THW drinking water experts returned today from the earthquake area and landed at Hamburg Airport. In Haiti they were replaced by eleven THW-volunteers from the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA).
In Léogâne, the THW-volunteers set up a new drinking water treatment unit.

More Drinking Water Treatment Units for Haiti

With two more drinking water treatment units (TWA), the THW-volunteers expanded the water supply in the area of Haiti which has been devastated by the earthquake. Altogether, the THW experts have already treated more than 1.6 million litres of drinking water.
In the ground of the SEEWA camp all information of the various relief organisations is coordinated.

Coordination: The Mission for the Mission

Who needs what, where and how much? Who does what, where and why? Who has an overview of the German relief measures after the devastating earthquake of 12 January in Haiti? These are questions which can only be answered when all information is coordinated at a central point. In Haiti this central point is the German Embassy. At the request of the Foreign Office, THW established a coordination office there and supports the Embassy in coordinating the German relief measures.
THW is loading the entire freight of the relief supply flight to Santa Domingo.

THW Organises Flight of Relief Supplies for Haiti

The effective relief measures of THW for Haiti are still at full speed. On Monday, a Lufthansa Cargo air freighter with 75 tons of relief supplies is leaving from Frankfurt for Santo Domingo. Altogether, 13 German organisations have joined forces to carry out this action. THW, which will independently send material, is, by order of the Foreign Office (AA), in charge of the logistics of the flight.
With the help of tankers , the much needed water is taken to the water distribution points.

Earthquake in Haiti: Water for an Entire Urban District

The United Nations has assigned to THW the task of distributing water to the the urban district of Carrefour. With the help of water tankers, the much needed help is taken to the central distribution points and from there distributed to the population. The drinking water, treated by THW, is also distributed to several orphanages. Furthermore, the people fetch their drinking water directly from the SEEWA-Camp (Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad) at the airport. Both THW treatment units are running permanently. 

Aftershock in Haiti

Today an aftershock at a magnitude of 6.1 has shattered Haiti in an area near Port-au-Prince.
On a territory near the airport of Port-au-Prince, the SEEWA has set up its two drinking water treatment units.

Earthquake in Haiti: 100,000 Litres for People in Need

Since Monday, THW-volunteers have provided more than 100,000 litres of clean drinking water to the population of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. In their camp near the airport, the specialists of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) have been operating one drinking water treatment unit. A second unit was set up on Tuesday and, from today on, will supply more fresh water.

Federal Minister of the Interior, Mr de Maizière, expresses his Thanks to the Volunteers for their Commitment in Haiti

“These days, our sympathy and our active support are directed towards the people in the devastated country of Haiti. There, our staff, confronted with unimaginable misery, help wherever they can. (...) I thank the women and men of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief and the volunteers from the whole world from the bottom of my heart.
The first of the two drinking water treatment units (TWA) in Port-au-Prince produces drinking water.

Earthquake in Haiti: Water Supply at Full Swing

The first water from THW has reached the population. Since yesterday, a drinking water treatment unit near the airport of Port-au-Prince has operated at full capacity. A second unit is starting its operation today. In total, THW is able to provide at least 30,000 people per day with much needed drinking water.

Earthquake in Haiti: Water for 30,000 People

Today the drinking water experts of THW started their work in the capital of Haiti. At the moment, the two drinking water treatment units (TWA) of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) are being set up in the municipal area of Port au Prince. The capacity of the two TWA can supply at least 30,000 people with water. Each unit can treat 6,000 litres of water per hour. Besides the drinking water units, the equipment of the SEEWA includes mobile laboratories for water analyses and equipment for the repair of water infrastructure.
The THW-teams have started their work in the capital of Haiti, which, to a large extent, was destroyed.

THW-Coordination Team Leaving for Haiti

Today, once again, a THW team left in the direction of Haiti. The four experts will support the German Embassy in Haiti in coordinating the German help measures and in putting together situation reports. Another THW volunteer is on his way to support a Scandinavian team as part of the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) of the UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

THW Reconnaissance Team on its Way to Haiti

At the request of the Foreign Office, a THW reconnaissance team of four left for Port-au-Prince this afternoon. The experts from the sectors of international mission coordination, hydraulic and building construction and logistics shall support the work of the German Embassy on site and identify options for future THW missions. The operations centre of THW's management in Bonn has already started preparations for a possible mission of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water and Sanitation Abroad (SEEWA).

EU-Team Starts Work in Albania

From today, a reconnaissance and coordination team of the European Union (EU) has been on a mission in Albania in order to support the south-east European country in its fight against floods. During the previous days, rain falls and early snowmelt had lead to serious flooding in the north of Albania.

Stock Taking 5 Years after the Tsunami

At Christmas it will be five years since the devastating tsunami catastrophe happened in south-east Asia. After the seaquake in the Indian Ocean, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) administered immediate humanitarian help in Thailand, Sri Lanka, on the Maldives and in Indonesia. After a total number of 25 projects, THW’s rehabilitation activities in Indonesia were finished in 2009 with the completion of a school in Banda Aceh.
Hospitals and public institutions are particularly hit by the earthquake.

Earthquake in Sumatra: THW Expert Advisor Team starts Work

The expert advisor team of five people from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief has started its work in the Indonesian town of Padang, which was destroyed by the earthquake.

THW-Expert Advisor Team left for Indonesia

Today a THW-team of five people left for the disaster area with the mission to support the German Embassy in coordinating German relief after the devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The THW expert advisors from the areas of water supply and infrastructure will first fly to Jakarta in order to explore, together with representatives of the Embassy, further possibilities of German relief measures there.    

Heavy Quakes off Sumatra and Samoa – THW is observing the Situation

Today a heavy earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean today. Only yesterday a seaquake of magnitude 8.0 on the Richter scale triggered a tsunami in the South Pacific which devastated the Samoa-islands and Tonga.
Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel thanked all THW volunteers for their commitment during the mission in Onna, Italy.

THW-Mission in Italy Has Come to an End

After almost four months of reconstruction effort assistance, the last THW-team completed its operation in Onna, Italy, last Friday. THW-President Albrecht Broemme thanked all volunteers for their commitment. The town of Onna was particularly hard hit by a devastating earthquake early April. The THW-mission consisted primarily of supporting the Italian civil protection by recovering personal belongings and setting up a provisional camp for the citizens of Onna.
In the Italian village Onna THW helps to retrieve the belongings of the population.

Help for Italian Earthquake Victims

A seven-member operational team of the Federal agency for Technical relief has contributed to the reconstruction of the Italian village Onna in Abruzzi for a week. The experts support the local civil protection erecting a camp for the affected population and helping them to retrieve the belongings of the inhabitants.

THW Building Advisor supports Authorities in Italy

On behalf of the European Union an eight-member team arrived last Saturday in Italy in order to support the local authorities in assessing the stability of buildings. A THW building advisor is part of the international team.

Earthquake Shakes Central Italy

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale has shaken Central Italy during Sunday night. The earthquake had its epicentre in the area north of L’Aquila, the capital of Abruzzi at a depth of about 5 kilometers. According to the police, there have been a great number of injured people and many casualties.
Flood victims are accommodated in relocation camps.

THW volunteer in the EU-Coordination Team in Namibia

In the late evening hours of Wednesday, a search and coordination team of the European Union (EU) set out for Namibia. For several weeks, the South-African country has suffered from heavy rainfall and floods. The EU-team, which includes one THW volunteer, will get a picture of the situation on site, closely cooperate with the local authorities and also advise them.

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