“This is a very sad story”

by Steffen Richter,  2011/01/18

When I saw the pictures of the disaster in Brazil on TV, I was actually already afraid that the humedica project could be affected,” said the Lord Mayor of Kaufbeuren, Stefan Bosse, during a press conference that had been called on short notice. Reason for the conference was the difficult situation in Brazil and besides the Lord Mayor it was also attended by representatives of humedica.

Lord Mayor of Kaufbeuren, Stefan Bosse (centre) expressed his condolences and his sympathy at this tragedy to the Deputy CEO Bernd Herger (left) and the employee in charge, Florian Klinner (right). Photo: humedica/Steffen Richter

For more than one week, storms and heavy rainfalls have caused massive landslides, floods and terrible destruction in the mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian media are already referring to the events as the worst natural disaster in Brazil’s history. Up to this point there have been more than 600 casualties among the inhabitants of the already poor region surrounding Nova Friburgo; hundreds are injured, thousands homeless.

In the middle of the disaster region there is the project location of humedica in Brazil. There, the local team of the organisation based in Kaufbeuren, Germany, provides food and medical care to about 250 children per day. Our targeted support for children of the poorest families living in the region surrounding Nova Friburgo furthermore comprises homework supervision, crafts workshops or language lessons and, of course, sports facilities.

For a long time now, this project has been particularly close to Lord Mayor Stefan Bosse’s heart, as four years ago he had the opportunity of getting to know this important humedica project personally together with a delegation from Kaufbeuren.

He expressed his deep condolences at the news that also children who attended the humedica day-care centre are among the dead and that some of the children have lost parents or other family members. “We need to take care of the little ones in particular, and it makes me very sad that they are suffering once again.

Although the humedica buildings are located at a hillside, they remained undamaged and members of the organisation are now using them as emergency shelters for the victims of the disaster. Last weekend humedica sent two teams and a total of nine medical assistants from all parts of Germany to Brazil.

The employees in charge at our location in Brazil divided them into two groups that have been working and offering help at two different emergency accommodations for one day now. “I am writing from Brazil with a sad and heavy heart,” was the first line of one of the few messages that CEO Wolfgang Groß could send us from Nova Friburgo.

This is the first time a disaster has affected us directly”. He himself had immediately been willing to support this mission with his experience and expertise.

“We need to take care of the little ones in particular, and it makes me very sad that they are suffering once again,” Lord Mayor Stefan Bosse expressed his condolences. Photo: humedica/Wolfgang Groß

Experts are afraid that the number of victims will increase when all the affected areas in regions that are not yet accessible will have been reached; up to now some regions are still inaccessible. “I can only appeal to the people living in our hometown and other places to support the efforts of humedica in Brazil,” said the Lord Mayor after having expressed his personal sympathy.

Please follow this call of Lord Mayor Bosse, regardless of the place you live. The humedica project depends on our help. Please support us by means of a Sponsorship, a targeted donation via our online form or by making a donation to the account below:
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Landslide Brazil"
      Account 47 47
      Bank code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Please also support us and hence the people in Brazil by sending a text message: send a message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 and make a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica project work.

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