The heavy flooding catastrophe in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate has filled us all at Zentrum Interkultureller Verständigung e.V. (ZIVD) with concern. The heavy floods along the river Elbe and its tributaries in 2002 and 2013 are still very present in our minds, as well as the outpour of solidarity and support the people here experienced. Our organization did not exist back then, and yet many of us received immense amounts of support individually.
We now want to return the favor.
After the flooding has diminished, the streets have been cleared and the water drained, there will be many houses in dire need of repairs or complete rebuilding. We cannot ease the pain of losing those most dear to oneself, but we want to help ease the financial burden. Not all affected will have insurance against damage caused by natural forces and the state-issued emergency flooding aid is partly insufficient, so that some may be at risk of receiving little to no support. Emergency financial support for cities and local districts is necessary for rebuilding communal infrastructure and support systems. The financial burden on individual households is immense.
ZIVD e.V. has therefore launched the Initiative “Craftspeople of Hope”. We want to offer unbureaucratic and straightforward help for those in need.
How will it work?
Are you affected or know someone affected? Send us the “construction site”, we will contact the right trades and craft businesses, send them to you, let them repair and rebuild what’s been destroyed and foot the bill afterwards.
The Chambers of Commerce and Industry are being contacted as well to create a “pool” of businesses, as local businesses will be hindered in their operation and help is required across several regions.
How will it be financed?
Our financial resources as an organization are limited, so we are desperately reliant on donations. The crowdfunding pool can be found at (betterplace....). For the sake of transparency we will be publishing the amounts paid to the craft businesses. Depending on the consent of the people affected, “on-site” reports may be possible, that decision, however, does not lie with us. The pay-outs through betterplace.org allow only as much money as is acutely necessary to be released. The rest of the collected money will remain in the pool for safekeeping until it is needed. Insight into the bills sent to us by the craft businesses will be allowed, while blacking out the home addresses of the affected to protect their privacy.
The possibility to issue rapid, unbureaucratic and immediate aid to those in need is something we want to continue making possible, independent of the current situation. “Craftpeople for hope” is planned to continue after the current flooding crisis to help everyone who needs it.