help alliance and the Lufthansa Group have been providing humanitarian aid for many years

Reconstruction in Nepal in spite of all difficulties

Hurricane in the Caribbean, tsunami in Southeast Asia, earthquake in Nepal, flooding in Pakistan, hunger in East Africa – the people concerned can hardly overcome the consequences of devastating natural catastrophes alone. For this reason, the Lufthansa Group has provided rapid and uncomplicated humanitarian aid in catastrophes through its aid organisation help alliance and Lufthansa Cargo. Over the past few years, aid alliance has invested more than 2.5 million euros in sustainable projects to rebuild in the affected regions. We always work with local partners who have extensive expertise in the field of development cooperation and are well acquainted with the situation and needs of the local people. The enthusiasm and commitment of Lufthansa employees is the backbone of the aid. The willingness to donate within the company is also unbroken.

An example of help alliance’s sustainable disaster relief

In the spring of 2015, numerous cities and villages in Nepal were destroyed by heavy earthquakes. One of the affected districts was Solukhumbu, where the destruction was particularly fatal. Residential buildings, infrastructure, schools – nearly everything was razed to the ground. The willingness to help within the Lufthansa Group was very great, and the employees donated generously to the people in the region. Since help alliance is primarily engaged assisting disadvantaged children and young people worldwide to lead an autonomous life via access to educational institutions, the donations collected were invested in the reconstruction of two schools. The project was implemented together with EcoHimal, a Nepali NGO. Currently, more than 80 children can now attend school – in earthquake-proof buildings.

Dominik Kopp, Lufthansa A340 training captain in Munich, supervised the reconstruction project for help alliance: “The special thing about the project in Nepal was that the entire local population was very enthusiastic about the rebuilding of the schools, despite the frustration due to the many difficulties.” They helped, for example, to transport externally-purchased building materials and supported the procurement of materials such as stones and sand. Quite a few participants in the EcoHimal manual worker training program supported the project during the construction of schools. Parallel to the school reconstruction, young men from socially disadvantaged groups received training as bricklayer, carpenter or installer with which they can continue to earn their income in the future. In addition to the school reconstruction, the project restored numerous damaged drinking water systems and established new ones.