After the occurrence of a catastrophe, a crisis team comes together in the emergency pedagogy department’s office. Together they follow the news and contact local Waldorf schools or initiatives, or other contact persons. As soon as we have a picture of the situation on the ground, we decide, usually together with the coalition “Aktion Deutschland hilft”, whether or not we will carry out an acute mission in the crisis region.
Then a short, but very intensive preparation phase begins. Our volunteers are contacted and a team is put together, mission locations must be determined, flights and accommodations are organised, requests for support are sent to local authorities and much more. After just a few days we set off.
Usually our team stays about 14 days at the mission location. Even short pedagogical interventions help children and adolescents, who were forced to experience traumatic events, to come out of the shock-induced paralysis of trauma. The dissolving of this torpor is the first requirement to be able to process the experiences and to prevent or at least lessen possible aftereffects.
Depending of the situation, aftercare missions can also come about, during which we visit our partners and the children again and work with them. Often at aftercare missions, the focus of the work is no longer only on the children, but also on the training of local pedagogues and the work with parents. Continue to the long-term projects.
The situation in Bangladesh is dramatic. The country and many of the helpers are overwhelmed with the daily arrivals and the situation. They need support - that is why a team of emergency educationists will travel to Burma in Jauary 2018. continue
A total of three major earthquakes and several aftershocks hit Mexico and Mexico City in particular. In order to support the affected persons, an emergency pedagogical intervention takes place from 08. -21.10. continue
In autumn 2016, Haiti was devasted by hurricane Matthew. At the end of October, an intervention team of the emergency pedagogy department of the Friends of Waldorf Education will travel to the island country to support the people there. continue
In April, Ecuador was shaken by a devastating earthquake and many strong aftershocks. From May 2nd to 17th 2016 an emergency pedagogy intervention team from the Friends of Waldorf Education was on the ground. continue
On April 19th, an emergency pedagogy team traveled to Brussels for a short mission. After the devastating attacks, many affected persons did not know how they should deal with their experiences. continue
On the border crossing between Slovenia and Austria, scenes are playing out that are hard to describe. In November, an emergency pedagogy team helped the traumatised people with processing their experiences. continue
Every day, hundreds of boats land on the island of Lesbos, filled with distraught refugees. In October, an emergency pedagogy team was in Greece on a mission in order to support these traumatised people. continue
The severe earthquake on April 25th brought death and destruction to Nepal. An experience which left above all children with deep psychological wounds. In order to help support these traumatised children in the processing of their experiences, an emergency pedagogical team travelled to Nepal from the 9th to the 23rd of May. continue