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In a workshop, women learn how to use the tools and technique provided by the tool hire service.

DIY in Kurdistan

In the refugee camp in Arbat, northern Iraq, a service recently started to hire out tools for DIY purposes. It is operated by the THW together with UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency). As part of the opening celebrations, the THW ran workshops specifically aimed at training women how to use the tools. These workshops have been continued every week since.
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After the earthquake in India 15 years ago, SEEBA experts from the THW rescued two people from the rubble.

Fifteen Years Ago: Completion of Earthquake Deployment in India

On January 26, 2001 an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck regions of India and Pakistan. 30 THW operatives from the Rapid Deployment Unit Search and Rescue Abroad (SEEBA) set off with six rescue dogs immediately after the disaster. After their arrival in Gujarat, India, they were able to rescue two people from the rubble. The next phase of the operation saw the THW provide the local population with drinking water until July 2001, acting on the instructions of the GIZ.
THW volunteers transport beds to a refugee camp in Hörstel (North Rhine-Westphalia).

Assistance for refugees and internally displaced people

In the Middle East, THW operatives have been providing assistance to refugees and internally displaced people (IDP) since 2013, and in 2014 they also started providing aid to refugees in Germany. Worldwide there are 60 million displaced people fleeing war, conflict and persecution. The numbers were never as high as they are today. Many have fled to Europe, but even more remain within the borders of their country – internally displaced.
Throughout Germany THW forces support the construction of refugee camps.

Refugee aid: A lot to do

Almost 60 millions of people across the world are displaced or have involuntarily left their home. The reasons why people flee their country are manifold. Volunteers from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) have contributed their share to improve the situation of refugees in Germany and the Middle East. The multitude of competences, which are required from THW, ranges from setting up tents to logistic tasks.
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.
THW volunteers supported the refugee assistance in Germany, for example in Regensburg.

THW continues to provide refugee assistance at home

In the last weeks, hundreds of volunteers from THW have repeatedly supported the construction of refugee camps in Germany. In many Federal Länder the capacities for emergency accommodation still have to be expanded at short notice. As part of administrative assistance, the volunteers perform a wide range of tasks.
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.
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.

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