Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund e.V. (Workers' Samaritan Federation)

Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland - ASB (Workers' Samaritan Federation), a German NGO, was founded in 1888 on humanitarian and democratic principles. ASB is the one of the largest NGOs in Germany with over one million members in Germany and more than 15,000 full-time employees, over 11,000 honorary employees and over 5,000 employees in the community services. ASB's headquarters is located in Cologne.Over 110 years ago, people's life and their health were deemed to be at risk in the workplaces in industrialized Germany. In order to decrease the number of accidents at work and improve their protection, workers in Berlin initiated the first training course in first aid which led to foundation of today's ASB. Since then, ASB developed a number of different activities in the field of social and medical services such as emergency rescue services, housekeeping assistance, meal services, home care, assistance for the handicapped, and assistance for children, youth and elderly. Throughout the years, ASB became one of the key players in the field of social and medical services as a result of professionally implemented tasks carried out by dedicated volunteers and employees. For further information about the organisation of Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund e.V. in Germany and other foreign aid activities, please open the ASB-homepage (Information available in English and German language).

Foreign Aid

ASB Home Office, also the contact for Samaritan International (SAINT), co-ordinates and directs the organizations' foreign aid. ASB has been providing international humanitarian relief and development assistance for over 88 years, since its first international mission in 1921. The basis for ASB activities in Germany and abroad are humanitarian and democratic principles. ASB provides efficient help worldwide and supports development and establishment of local self-help structure through exchange and networking between German and international Samaritan organisations in Central and Eastern Europe, disaster risk reduction, provision of humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of war-damaged houses, refugee return and community revitalization. Responding to increasing calls for help all over the world, ASB has expanded the geographical scope of its foreign aid activates stretching from Sri Lanka, South Africa and Gambia to Honduras and Nicaragua, and to Eastern Europe and the Caucasian region. Since 1991, ASB has been implementing a range of projects such as reconstruction of houses and infrastructure, economic support, mine-clearance and capacity building in the Western Balkan region.

ASB Foreign Aid Reference List (the last 5 years)

ASB SEE Past Performance Reference 1991 - 2006


ASB Office in South Eastern Europe

The Office of the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund for South Eastern Europe (ASB SEE) has been present in the Western Balkan region since 1991. As an implementing partner of the European Commission, ASB SEE has been significantly contributing to the return process of refugees and displaced persons, reconstruction and development of the Western Balkan countries such as the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia and Albania.

Along with the EU-funded projects, ASB SEE has been carrying out various projects throughout the region with financial assistance from individual Member States and other donors, in particular, the German Government. These projects are related to mine-clearance, reconstruction of houses cat. 1-3 and provision of humanitarian aid which is still needed in the war-affected areas.

Since 1991, ASB SEE has implemented projects valued at over €154 million in South Eastern Europe with funding from the European Union and individual member states, reconstructed more than 7,975 destroyed housing units and carried out numerous projects in the field of public, social and economic infrastructure as well as mine-clearance.

Organigramme of the ASB South Eastern Europe Office