Refugee aid activities of SAM.I. members_rev_15

Annex to “Seven calls for change to alleviate the European refugee crisis”
Best practices of four SAM.I. members
The member organisations of SAMARITAN INTERNATIONAL are involved in support and aid for
refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers. Their activities cover several stages of aid.
Associazione Nazionale Pubbliche
Assistenze (ANPAS, Italy)
First medical and logistical aid in Italy
ANPAS unites 880 Italian volunteer organisations with
90.000 volunteers. Hundreds of them are providing
medical and logistical assistance, including the distribution
of meals and clothes, in the regions of Sicily, Apulia and
Sardinia. The crucial work is conducted entirely for free
and the local ANPAS organisations are straining their own
resources to
much needed aid.
ANPAS volunteers are on the frontlines of the refugee
crisis, at the ports of Trapani, Pozzallo, Catani, Palermo,
Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. In Sicily, the volunteers have
been activated for rescue operations by the regional Civil
Protection Department. They are specifically trained for
these operations and many of them are multilingual. In
Puglia, they work as part of the 118 Emergency Medical
Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB, Germany)
Immediate Relief in third countries
ASB’s First Assistance Samaritan Team (FAST)
conducted several medical aid operations in refugee
camps in Northern Iraq in 2012. At the moment, they
continue to build-up and structure the local basic medical
services and conduct workshops on hygiene in the adverse
circumstances of the refugee camps, to help prevent the
spread of diseases. Support for refugees in this region also
continues with the ongoing distribution of aid materials.
Long-term integration / Immigrant-friendly culture
Many local branches of ASB run refugee facilities with
hundreds of refugees each in a number of German cities.
Volunteers accompany refugees to public authorities to
help them with the bureaucracy of their residence permit
or enrolling their children in local schools. ASB refugee
care institutions also offer spare time activities for children
to have their lives return to a sense of normalcy. There are
also free language courses taught by professionals as well
as volunteers, to lay the foundation of integration and
participation in society.
Other efforts to foster an immigrant-friendly culture include the “Welcome Office” of ASB Sömmerda in
Thuringia. It serves as a focal point for refugees in need of support as well as for the recruitment of new
volunteers. Further initiatives of bringing refugees and resident citizens together are planned for cities
expecting new refugees. In Falkensee in Brandenburg, where about 300 new refugees are expected
this summer, the local ASB branch is active in the “Welcome to Falkensee” initiative, which will include
sponsorships for young refugees.
Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreichs (ASBÖ, Austria)
Age appropriate refugee aid
About 300 landed refugees in Austria find shelter in the
seven accommodation facilities of ASBÖ. Two of their
facilities in Vienna and the Burgenland region are tailored
particularly to the needs of youths and children, who have
come to Austria as unaccompanied minors. Qualified
multi-professional teams (including social workers,
psychologists and social pedagogues) are helping the
young people to integrate and build a future for
themselves. This approach has already yielded many
success stories.
With the stream of refugees continuously growing, ASBÖ is prepared to take over the responsibility for
additional facilities. However, appropriate facilities are currently lacking.
Food distribution and medical supply in third countries
ASBÖ is also involved in aid for refugee camps in the Middle East in collaboration with other NGOs.
With funds from “Nachbar in Not” (foundation of Austria’s eight biggest aid organisations and Austrian
public broadcasting network ORF), they have provided food vouchers to be spent at local grocers for
1700 people in a refugee camp in Lebanon in 2014. A total of 1891 families (or 11.073 people) living in
Berseve refugee camp in Iraq benefited from deliveries of various aid materials in the winter of 20142015. They have also supported refugee camps in the Western Sahara region with training courses for
care-giving relatives and care personnel as well as with medical supplies. Follow-ups for all of these
projects are currently being planned.
Spilka Samaritian Ukraini / Спілки Самаритян України (SSU, Ukraine)
Support for Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine
According to the UN, more than 450,000 people have fled
their homes in Easter Ukraine and Crimea. Together with
their German partners from ASB, the Samaritan
organisation of Ukraine (SSU) has been helping internally
displaced persons (IDPs) to get through the winter of 20142015 by providing winter clothing to 1,000 IDPs and basic
food and hygiene products to a total of 3,000 persons.
Since hardly any of the refugee accommodations were
winter-proof, appropriate housing was provided to another
500 IDPs. A special focus of IDP help lies on helping
vulnerable groups, such as women with children,
unaccompanied minors, elderly people, people with
disabilities or people with chronic diseases.
Photos by the respective organisations.
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