… fast, practical and unbureaucratic aid

Emergency Aid: fast, practical and unbureaucratic

The first project of the Kleine Hilfsaktion e.V. was a so-called emergency project, an ‘emergency’ because people needed help now!  Emergency projects are for poor people who have found themselves in a life-threatening situation in a developing country.  These are situations where people require immediate assistance, and decision-making needs to be straightforward and fast, with no long meetings.  Handling delicate cases like this requires experience, a pragmatic approach and short decision-making paths.

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Basic Food & Clothing Package
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Basic Kitchen, Household & Living Package
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Medical Care
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Construction Work

Emergency Aid in Detail

Basic Food & Clothing Package

In many cases, there is simply a lack of necessities.  Malnutrition, lack of clothing, and no roof to protect people from the elements, for example.  Situations where human beings’ health and well-being are under immediate threat.  Here, we first help with a basic package that immediately addresses the needs of the people involved.  Once the situation has stabilized, more sustainable initiatives, like livelihood creation and access to education, can be initiated, with long-term sustainability as the goal.
Costs: € 25,- to € 375,-

Basic Kitchen and Household Materials Package

Sometimes, keeping diseases from spreading can be accomplished with simple technologies and materials.  For example, a mosquito net against dengue fever and malaria, a water filter to purify water for domestic uses, hand and dish soap, and blankets to keep out the cold and protect against insect bites at night.  Simple but essential items like pots and pans, plates, forks and knives, and basic cooking ingredients like fish sauce, salt, sugar, and soy sauce; all these things can improve the quality of life for families benefiting from Emergency Projects.
Costs: € 20,- to € 250,-

Medical Care

Our emergency aid also includes fast and unbureaucratic help in the event of illness.  In the rural areas where we work, people often do not have access to a doctor or hospital.  Diseases that can be easily cured with proper treatment often have serious consequences for patients and their families when simple healthcare is unavailable.  We organize the transport to the doctor or the hospital, arrange the treatment and supply the food and medicines: it is hard to imagine a better way to use money.
Costs: € 30,- to € 500,-

Construction Work

Climate change or otherwise, severe weather events are increasing in the world. When powerful storms come, they often bring strong winds and intense flooding. Makeshift homes, shanties and poorly constructed shelters can be damaged and destroyed, with the poorest households often being the hardest hit. When low-income households lose their homes, they rarely have the required resources to rebuild, frequently leaving them homeless. And sometimes, families cannot fix or keep their homes functional, often due to extreme poverty and difficult living situations, like supporting dependent elders, small children, and people with disabilities. In cases like these, we offer assistance, providing the resources needed to build simple structures, and putting roofs over people’s heads.

Costs: € 100,- to € 1.000,-

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