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ASB Germany

The Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) is a German aid and welfare organisation with 16 branches at federal-state level and more than 200 branches at regional, district and municipal level. Almost 36,000 employees and some 15,000 volunteers ensure quality services in areas such as civil protection, rescue services and social welfare services.

ASB is a non-political and non-denominational charity and relief organisation. We help all people – regardless of their political, ethnic, national and religious affiliation. We provide rapid and direct help to all those in need of our support.

Since its foundation in 1888, ASB has provided services that focus on people’s needs, including care for the elderly, Rescue Services, First Aid, services for children and young people, support for people with disabilities and those suffering from mental health problems, as well as Foreign Aid and further education. The ASJ, ASB’s independent youth association, promotes social engagement of children and young people. ASB Foreign Aid focuses on Humanitarian Aid, Disaster risk reduction, Return and reintegration, as well as International Samaritan Cooperation.

ASB began in 1888 with six carpenters in Berlin. At a time when there were neither health and safety regulations nor Emergency Rescue Services and workers often sustained terrible injuries.

ASB’s founding fathers successfully established the first “Training Course for First Aid after an Accident”, in spite of considerable opposition. In 1909, the first Arbeiter-Samariter-Gruppen (Workers Samaritan Groups) from across Germany formed the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (Workers Samaritan Federation). ASB also considers itself an advocate for socio-political issues. ASB takes a position on current debates and is in contact with members of the Bundestag (lower house of German Parliament) and the European Parliament, as well as ministries and other institutions.

For more information, visit the website at asb.de

You can view the ASB image brochure from here.