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

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.

Quality assurance

Quality, effectiveness, efficiency and transparency are of utmost importance when implementing aid projects.

Partners and Networks

Overview of Partners and Networks which support ASB Foreign Aid projects.

First Assistance Samaritan Teams (FAST)

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).

Help for internally displaced persons

In Ukraine, ASB - togheter with its partner, the Ukrainian Samaritan Federation (SSU) - is helping thousands of internally displaced persons.

Haiti: Emergency response after Hurrican Isaac

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.

Indonesia: Disaster Preparedness on the Mentawai Islands

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.

Preparedness Saves Lives

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.

Taking action for people in need

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.

Recent projects:

  • ASB’s FAST Team is WHO-Certified

    The First Assistance Samaritan Team (FAST), which is responsible for fast-track aid during crisis abroad, is the first group in Europe to be certified as “Emergency Medical Team (EMT) 1” by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • ASB stands up for Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

    From today onwards, ASB stands up for the needs and requirements of persons with disability in disaster risk reduction worldwide during the 5th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico.

  • Celebration in Nepal

    The IDDR 2016 is being celebrated in 23 community libraries/ resources centers in 17 districts of Nepal jointly by ASB, READ Nepal and DPOs.

  • Distribution of hygiene kits saves lifes

    In summer 2016, ASB was once again distributing hygiene kits to families in the refugee camp of Berseve in Northern Iraq. The distribution is part of a larger project, aiming to prevent the spread of diseases.

  • Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal

    ASB Indonesia and the Philippines has just completed two introductory trainings on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The trainings were conducted with ASB’s Nepal Office.

  • "If my husband dare sell my bottle of gas, I divorce"

    Niger is hit by desertification and tensions over natural resources are strong; gathering wood exposes young girls and women to risk and is also an obstacle to the education for girls and empowerment of women. Therefore, ASB is distributing gas bottles.

  • Preparedness Saves Lives

    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.

  • Help for internally displaced persons

    In Ukraine, ASB - togheter with its partner, the Ukrainian Samaritan Federation (SSU) - is helping thousands of internally displaced persons.

Current publications

Humanitarian Aid in the Balkans

Read more:

  • Help for refugees

    ASB is helping refugees in Germany and worldwide - e.g. in Northern Iraq, Ukraine, Libanon, Serbia and Mazedonia.

  • First Aid

    ASB offers training in First Aid to ensure almost everyone can perform life-saving measures in an emergency.

  • Care for the elderly

    ASB's care for the elderly wants to enable as many senior citizens as possible to lead a largely self-reliant life in their own home.

  • Child and youth welfare

    "Every child is unique": ASB care for children and young people is based on this motto. Here children are regarded as equals, whose rights are protected and personalities are promoted.

  • Help for people with disabilities

    ASB has a wide range of services to help people with disabilities. For example, whether they want to stay in their own home, pursue employment or look for sheltered accommodation.

  • Rescue services

    If you need help, the ASB rescue service provides quick and professional help.