TERRA TECH promotion projects
With the procurement of a new X-ray machine for a hospital in Zimbabwe and portable dental equipment for a Colombian doctor, TERRA TECH took its first steps in humanitarian aid starting in 1986.
At that time, committed citizens from Central Hesse (Wetzlar and Marburg) had joined forces to promote worldwide aid projects through medical technology and in this way alleviate need.
Over 450 carried out projects in more than 50 countries
Today, TERRA TECH can look back on a multitude of successful projects in Africa, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Over 450 projects in more than 54 countries is the result that makes us somewhat proud, but also very grateful.
Without the great support we have received from sponsors, donors and voluntary supporters, many projects would not have been possible.
Not only our project work, but also our range of tasks has grown increasingly over the years. In the areas of emergency aid and development cooperation, TERRA TECH is now involved, for example, with:
- safe havens for street children in India
- disaster risk reduction for people in Nepal
- agricultural and technical training projects in Kenya
- Food security for waste picker families in Mexico
Even though the way of helping has changed over time, the goals have remained the same: TERRA TECH wants to help people in poverty and need. In doing so, the motto "Helping people to help themselves" is an important guideline for us.
"Helping people to help themselves" means enabling people to bring about a long-term improvement in their living situation through their own efforts without becoming dependent on external help.
We are supported in this by our members and donors as well as foundations, the German government (Humanitarian Aid Unit at the Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and friendly partner organisations.
Local partners as basis for cooperation
TERRA TECH's work is primarily based on the reliability and commitment of experienced local people who are familiar with the language, culture and political framework of the respective country.
Our local partners (non-governmental organisations, self-help groups, communities, hospitals, etc.) enjoy a high reputation in their countries. Their personality and professional competence are the basis of our cooperation.
Thus, the project partners bear an essential part of the responsibility in project implementation, which includes the involvement of those in need of help. We only send foreign staff to the respective countries to provide structural advice to our partners and to coordinate and evaluate the projects.
In this way, TERRA TECH has been able to implement a large number of successful projects in recent years, which have opened up new perspectives for people in need.