Help after the flood of the century: BILD in the village of hope


Ahrweiler – Exhaustion is written on your face.

At the food counter, the helpers quickly get something to eat, then the bus drives off again. Fully staffed with volunteers who drive to the disaster area of ​​the flood of the century to tackle.

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DEPARTURES EVERY DAY IN THE VILLAGE OF HOPE!

Because they have long known that they have to help themselves instead of waiting for help from politics, people from the particularly hard-hit Ahr Valley have come together and built the village out of the ground.



In the so-called “BaumAHRkt” there are the materials that the helpers need in the destroyed houses in the Ahr valleyPhoto: Peter Mueller


The helpers rest in the tent before the next mission begins

The helpers rest in the tent before the next mission beginsPhoto: Laszlo Pinter

With a campsite, food counter, laundry, its own blacksmith and the BaumAHRkt – a play on words with Ahrweiler. And a shuttle service with 50 buses that brings helpers to where they are particularly needed. Over 2000 volunteers were in the camp at the weekend – there are fewer during the week, many have to work.


Lentil soup and sausages: Ines, Gabi and Willi provide refreshment

Lentil soup and sausages: Ines, Gabi and Willi provide refreshmentPhoto: Peter Mueller

► Like Ines (53), who says: “There’s not much going on in the swimming pool, where I usually work. That’s why I cook delicious lentil soup here. “


Anke from Mutterstadt hands out work clothes

Anke from Mutterstadt hands out work clothesPhoto: Peter Mueller

► Anke (56) from Mutterstadt hands out work clothes: “It was a matter of course for me that I would help here.”


Hilke (50) and Maik (51) Wittrock celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in the village

Hilke (50) and Maik (51) Wittrock celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in the villagePhoto: Laszlo Pinter


Pensioner Gerti has come from Düsseldorf to wash clothes

Pensioner Gerti has come from Düsseldorf to wash clothesPhoto: Peter Mueller

► Farrier Michael Rosenfeldt (41) takes care of the tools: “All the chisels that are used and worn down in the valley, we work here every evening.”


Forging, hardening, grinding: Michael takes care of worn tools

Forging, hardening, grinding: Michael takes care of worn toolsPhoto: Jörg Halisch

Three examples out of thousands who finally make HOPE.

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