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Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreich

The Association Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreichs was founded in 1927 and is one of the major providers of health, rescue and ambulance services, of disaster relief as well as of care for elderly persons and people with disabilities in Austria. Since its foundation more than ninety years ago Samaritan Austria has kept its commitments: fulltime employees and volunteers provide assistance to the elderly, injured and sick and other people in need – regardless of their ethnic origin, religion or ideology.

Samaritan Austria counts more than 300.000 members and supporters throughout Austria. Around 9.000 fulltime and volunteer staff help to fulfil the various tasks.


CARE was founded in 1945 and is today one of the largest aid organizations in the world.

CARE is currently implementing approximately 950 projects in 93 countries to reach more than 60 million people. 9.300 employees – of whom are in the project countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East – are working toward the vision of a world without poverty.

CARE has general consultative status to the United Nations and is politically and religiously independent. Over 97 million people benefit from CARE projects every year.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

For 50 years, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has been providing humanitarian aid where the need is greatest. We support people all over the world who have been affected by natural disasters, war and displacement and are unable to cope with these emergency situations on their own. Our projects are tailored to suit the requirements of those affected, regardless of race, religion or nationality. We aim to assist in a rapid, reliable, sustainable and efficient manner.

This is why we work in close cooperation with local partner organisations in the network of ACT Alliance, consisting of more than 130 church aid organisations, all of which are committed to the highest international standards in humanitarian aid.

Hilfswerk Austria International

Hilfswerk International is one of Austria’s leading non-profit, non-party and cross-denominational organizations with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. It provides both long-term international development assistance as well as humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and environmental disasters. Its particular strategic focus is on long-term capacity development of the most vulnerable population sectors, i.e. women, children and ethnic minorities, in terms of organizational and institutional development.

Hilfswerk International has been implementing emergency relief projects, humanitarian aid and sustainable development projects in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South and South East Asia and South-Eastern Europe since 1978.


HOPE’87 is an Austrian initiative cooperating closely with the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs regarding the support of youth employment projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America as well as in Central- and Eastern Europe. In 12 countries worldwide HOPE’87 is represented by local Country Representatives, who are responsible for locating, supervising and evaluating projects, supporting beneficiaries with the necessary know-how and establishing close working relations with national governments and authorities, NGOs and international organisations and agencies.

Special attention is given to humanitarian aid projects such as in flood and earthquake affected Pakistan, earthquake devastated Haiti, monsoon-stricken Bangladesh or earthquake affected Nepal. However, the provision of essential goods, food and non-food items, medical care and activities in the water, sanitarian and hygiene (WaSH) sector are always combined with development activities in order to support an efficient and fast recovery of the local infrastructure within the principle of LRRD (linking relief, rehabilitation and development).

Further focus is given to disaster risk reduction ( DRR) and disaster preparedness (DP) measures, especially in the fields of school safety and education in emergencies. HOPE’87 is an accredited partner of ECHO (European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection Office) and of the Austrian Development Agency- Humanitarian Aid.

Jugend Eine Welt

Jugend Eine Welt – Don Bosco Aktion Österreich is an Austrian NGO which was founded in 1997. Following the principle „Education overcomes poverty“ our organisation supports aid and humanitarian projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, mostly in close cooperation with the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) and the Don Bosco Sisters (FMA) as project partners.

With comprehensive school education and vocational training, Jugend Eine Welt particularly supports disadvantaged children and adolescents, including street children and young refugees, giving them the chance to lead an independent and successful life. In 2017, Jugend Eine Welt funded 102 projects in 32 countries.

Light for the World

Light for the World is an international organisation specialising in inclusive development. Our goal is an inclusive society that is open to all and leaves no one behind. Founded in Austria 30 years ago, Light for the World started its journey by providing eye healthcare services for blindness prevention in Ethiopia and we now operate 212 programmes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southeast Europe which transform the lives of millions of inhabitants worldwide.

We focus on prevention and accessible eye care and rehabilitation of blind persons and persons with other disabilities. In 30 years, 534,600 children were rehabilitated and 796,800 eye operations were performed. Our projects reached more than 13.5 million people in 30 years

Volkshilfe Solidarität

Solidarity with people in need does not end at national borders. Therefore, Volkshilfe is providing humanitarian aid since 1951 and is active in development cooperation – together with other organizations from the solidar network and local civil society organizations.

Humanitarian Aid
During crises and catastrophes Volkshilfe provides quick, unbureaucratic and efficient support, particularly to vulnerable groups. Besides emergency aid, projects linking relief rehabilitation and development, as well as disaster risk management interventions are supported.

Development Cooperation
Our projects are based on partnership principles with local organizations and contribute to sustainable development using a “helping you help yourself” approach. Volkshilfe is active in education, gender equality, social services as well as support to particularly marginalized groups

World Vision

World Vision is one of the major globally acting humanitarian organizations. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We support communities to improve the well-being of children and to overcome poverty.

We are globally positioned to respond rapidly when disaster strikes communities. Our life saving humanitarian action revolves around Response, Recovery and Resilience.

Whenever possible we integrate our emergency relief responses with our development and advocacy activities, to ensure communities receive long-term support, as they recover. World Vision is committed to strengthening the local community’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. We seek to transform suffering into wellbeing while protecting rights, dignity and livelihoods – with a focus on children.