AWO International is also active in Europe: In addition to humanitarian aid, we are involved in European networks such as Solidar and political lobbying for the implementation of Agenda-2030 for sustainable development.
In crisis situations such as the floods in Germany, the severe floods in the Balkans or the catastrophic situation of refugees in the Mediterranean, we and our partners provide humanitarian aid.
Europe • Germany
Flood relief in Germany
The flood disaster in July last year left a trail of devastation: more than 180 people lost their lives and thousands lost their homes. Together with the AWO Head association and the AWO regional associations Rheinland, Mittelrhein, Niederrhein and Westliches Westfalen, AWO International was active in the acute phase and supports the people even after the flood.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, millions of people have already had to leave their homes, including many children and young people. According to the United Nations, 18 million people in Ukraine are dependent on humanitarian aid. AWO International has been active in emergency relief on the ground together with local partner organisations since February 2022.
Since February 2016 we have been supporting SOS HUMANITY (formerly SOS MEDITERRANEE), an organization that is dedicated to save lives at sea. The balance sheet confirms the urgent need for operations in the Mediterranean: More than 30,000 people have been rescued and taken care of onboard so far.
Social-ecological transformation in the welfare sector
The project aims to raise awareness for sustainability by making the connections between global justice and the need for a socio-ecological transformation understandable. Moreover it aims to develope options for action together with the target groups.
Our development educational program takes the challenges and opportunities of globalization into perspective and provides impulses for value-oriented, sustainable action, particularly in the welfare workers' welfare association and the AWO youth organizations.