Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) is a German aid and welfare organisation with 16 branches at federal-state level and more than 200 branches at regional, district and municipal level. More than 31,200 employees and some 14,000 volunteers ensure a quality service in areas such as civil protection, rescue services and social welfare services.
ASB Foreign Aid
With its first mission abroad in 1921, Foreign Aid became a major component of the organisation. Humanitarian and democratic principles form the basis of our activities at home and abroad.
- Mission Statement of ASB Foreign Aid
- Quality assurance
- Partners and Networks
- First Assistance Samaritan Teams
- Help for refugees in Northern Iraq
- Ukraine: Help for internally displaced persons
- Emergency relief in Haiti
- Disaster Preparedness in Niger
- Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia
- Preparedness Saves Lives
- Taking action for people in need
Quality, effectiveness, efficiency and transparency are of utmost importance when implementing aid projects.
Overview of Partners and Networks which support ASB Foreign Aid projects.
In case of an emergency ASB helps as quickly as possible and as long as necessary. In order to further strengthen its response capacities, ASB is building up Emergency Response Teams – the First Assistance Samaritan Teams (FAST).
In Northern Iraq, ASB is supporting refugees and internally displaced persons since 2012 (with interruptions).
In Ukraine, ASB - togheter with its partner, the Ukrainian Samaritan Federation (SSU) - is helping thousands of internally displaced persons.
During the night of 24th August 2012, tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti and caused severe damage, in the region of Petit- and Grand-Goâve mainly caused by intense rainfall. Among other damages the rain washed away parts of many rural roads.
Food banks ensure the survival of families in Niger during the "Period of Shortage".
Indonesia is frequently affected by natural disasters. Numerous major earthquakes, heavy flooding and especially tsunamis (as in December 2004 and in West Java in 2007) repeatedly claim many human lives. Thousands of people are injured by these natural disasters.
On Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 682 km south-west of the remote Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra. The earthquake occurred just before 8 pm in the evening and caused strong shaking in the Mentawai Islands, Padang, Bengkulu and other areas along the west coast of Sumatra.
ASB Nepal has published a brochure giving an insight in the relief measures after the devastating earthquakes in May 2015. Read more about our engagement.