Flood relief work in Germany - Your help is needed

Art of Living volunteers join hands with local aid troops - additional help still needed

** Volunteers needed! Come and help the flood victims in Germany **

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 - Germany is currently experiencing one of the biggest floods in over a decade that has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Many cities are flooded, streets are full of mud, cellars of private houses are filled with water and mud to the roof and the people do not know how to clean their homes, how to continue with their lives. Many have lost everything and feel alone and desperate. They need help.

Already in 2002 after the big Elbe flood in the Dresden area, The Art of Living in cooperation with the International Association for Human Values supported the natural disaster relief work with big groups of volunteers who helped in the affected areas.

This time, once again, the Art of Living has teamed up with IAHV and volunteers from both organizations have travelled to the affected areas to help those in need.

At this stage, our volunteers primarily help in

-       Removing all the mud from the houses and streets that the water brought along

-       General clean up of the flooded and devastated area

-       Organizing and distributing clothes and household items in the emergency collection places

-       Offering free of charge trauma relief workshops

-       Help, wherever help is needed


Are you available to help?

There is really the need for helping hands – do you think you can help? When is it possible for you to join our helping teams of Art of Living and IAHV?

We take care of all the necessary administrative steps allowing us to enter the city (it is allowed only for helpers, not for tourists) and to get a place to sleep, shower, to get food etc.

If you are available to join, we look much forward to hearing from you. Please contact our volunteer coordination team on luedemann@iahv.org or call +49 (0)7804 – 973 911, +49 (0)171 3111598 or alternatively complete this list.


Donation account

Would you like to support with financial donations? We have opened a donation account for this purpose:  

International Association for Human Values

Account no.: 1303720

Bank: BW-Bank Stuttgart  

National bank code 600 501 01

IBAN:  DE44 6005 0101 0001 3037 20


Transfer purpose: Fluthilfe 2013



On 14th June, German Federal President Joachim Gauck visted one the flood affected areas in Southern Germany. While in Deggendorf, Joachim Gauck interacted with Art of Living and IAHV volunteers and praised their efforts in cleaning up the city after the big floods. Watch the media coverage of President's Gauck visit here.

A day with volunteers

Watch the first impressions and experiences of our volunteers on their first day of their arrival to Deggendorf / Bavaria.


Latest pictures from the flooded area in Deggendorf (11 June)


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