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On The Spot! - How your support helps us change lives

Dear Friends,

I hope your new year is off to a great start. Last year we responded to some truly terrible emergency situations, including in Indonesia where coastal communities marked a bleak Christmas after a devastating tsunami.

On a positive note, our emergency response team became classified as Emergency Medical Team (EMT) by the World Health Organisation (WHO), joining the global number of self-sufficient teams ready to be deployed to emergencies. This is a further testimony to our efforts in making meaningful transformations to alleviate human suffering.

As always, your support for us in this mission has remained undeterred. Your generous donations to our Christmas campaign are already helping us secure the futures of the vulnerable people we serve and on  their behalf, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Without you, nothing that we do would be possible. Let's keep up our vital work in 2019!

Best wishes for the rest of the year,
Ingo Radtke
Ingo Radtke
Secretary General

January 2019
In this month's issue:

Emergency relief in Indonesia

Helping families return home in Iraq's Nineveh Plains

Malteser International opens second project office in Nigeria

WHO Certification for our emergency response team

Video: Accountability at Malteser International
Our emergency relief in Indonesia
Malteser Indonesia Tsunami
Just before Christmas, a tsunami swept through villages along Indonesia's Sunda Strait on the evening of December 22 2018, killing more than 400 people and injuring over 7,000. It was a devastating end to a year of catastrophes for Indonesia. We are responding to the emergency through our local partner PKPA Foundation by distribuiting relief supplies such as hygiene kits, kitchen utensils and teaching material for children to families affected.

By making a donation to our disaster relief efforts, you can make sure that life-saving aid reaches those most affected.
Iraq: Helping families return home in the Nineveh Plains
Thousands of people in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq were driven from their homes by the so-called Islamic State (IS). The conflict is now over, but many of those displaced are still unable to return to their villages; their homes have been destroyed, there is growing poverty and livelihood opportunities are lacking. Read how Malteser International is assisting displaced families return to their ancestral homes.  
Nigeria: Malteser International opens second office
  Since 2017, we have been responding to the needs of internally displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria. We have now expanded our operations by opening a second office in the town of Pulka. The new location will provide clean drinking water and help improve the hygiene situation in the town which has seen its population doubled with the arrival of large groups displaced by Boko Haram in the surrounding areas. Read more!
Malteser International receives WHO certification for its Emergency Medical Team
Malteser International has been successfully classified as Emergency Medical Team (EMT) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The classification came after a verification site visit by representatives from the WHO during which our team demonstrated its readiness to respond to emergency situations. As a certified EMT, our emergency response teams will now be part of WHO coordinated operations during future disaster situations.  
Read more on this milestone.
  Accountability at Malteser International  
Malteser International aims to live by its values. These values guide our decisions as an organization and how we carry out our work, and accountability is one of them. This means we must answer to our donors, partners, supporters, and most importantly, the vulnerable communities we are pledged to serve.

Watch the video above to learn how this is exemplified in our project in Iraq.
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