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.
As a non-governmental and non-denominational organisation, ASB has, since its foundation in 1888, represented continuity and reliability.
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.
Our main activities
Using an integrated approach, we provideeffective worldwide aid and also support the establishment and development of local self-help structures.
In the event of a sudden crisis or disaster abroad, we provide quick and targeted relief according to the needs of the affected population.
Disaster risk reduction
By strengthening local disaster management and self-help capacities, we reduce the local population’s vulnerability in the event of an emergency. We also assist the local population to prepare for dealing with the aftermath of disasters.
Return and reintegration
We seek to enable refugees and displaced persons to return to a safe environment. A crucial element in our work is to create socio-economic prospects to afford people the chance of a fresh start.
International Samaritan Cooperation
By enabling exchange and networking between German and international Samaritan associations, we promote the development of structured organisations and provide support for their work in Central and Eastern Europe.
Providing help – as fast as possible, as long as necessary
Our work is based on an integrated approach. In the event of a sudden crisis or disaster, we provide help as quickly as possible by, for example, deploying our rapid response teams, with the assistance of reliable partners and our own established local country offices. We regard it as a duty to support people struck by disaster for as long as is necessary. Therefore, we not only provide emergency relief but also help communities with reconstruction work, implementation of long-term measures to fight the causes of poverty and help the local population to better prepare themselves for possible future emergency situations.
Linking fulltime and voluntary commitment
Voluntary contribution is one of ASB Germany’s most valuable resources. This is why we combine our fulltime and voluntary contingents to cooperate in the provision of emergency aid to people all over the world.
Strengthening local partners
We aim to improve the living conditions of local populations and to reduce their dependence on external support. We strengthen the local population’s capacity to help themselves by systematically supporting local groups, e.g. NGOs, through consultation, further education and financial funding. Our flexibility in terms of programmes and strategy enables us to react in ways most appropriate to the requirements of the respective country.
Promoting international partnerships
Within the Samaritan Cooperation Central and Eastern Europe, we initiate, promote and encourage partnerships between German ASB branches and Samaritan organisations in other countries. Thus we help establish sustainable welfare structures in partner countries and create a range of social services for people in need.
As part of a leading welfare federation, we have access to a wide range of experience and know-how. We share this knowledge with our partner organisations and cooperate in national and international networks on a basis of mutual trust. This enables us to bundle resources and make full use of their synergistic effects.
Being accountable for what we do
Part of our philosophy is to ensure the responsible and efficient use of our finances. We feel obligated to be fully accountable to those we help as well as those who fund our operations, namely our donors, supporters and the general public. Therefore, we continuously carry out internal and external quality assurance procedures as well as audits to ensure and extend the transparency and professional quality in our work.