For 60 years, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has been providing aid wherever the need is the greatest, supporting the victims of natural disasters or war and displacement, who are not able to cope with their situation. Help is given to those in need, whatever their religion, colour or nationality.
On an average, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe supports 150 aid measures per year. Its goal is the re-establishment of stable living conditions in the areas of disaster concerned.
Sustainable and effective aid for disaster victims is not limited to mere survival aid. Measures to prevent future disasters or at least to minimise the extent of damage also form a part of it, as well as rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes.
Emergency aid is implemented in harmony with local conditions, i.e. the economic, social and political context of a country or a region, its laws and traditions.
They concentrate on the needs of the victims, with an attitude of respect for human dignity. To ensure this, the DKH works closely together with experienced local partners.
The DKH is part of Bread for the World - Protestant Development Service; together with Diakonie Deutschland it is part of Germany’s Protestant agency for social welfare work and development.