In Europe's first makerspace for the humanitarian sector, our operational experience flows into the development of new technical solutions and concepts. With the help of creative minds from our network, cooperation with universities and the support of companies, we develop solutions to make humanitarian aid even more effective. There are only a few metres between the project idea, the first draft and the workbench.
Areas of work In our makerspace we are equipped for all specialist construction projects. Our areas for wood and metal processing as well as our soldering stations and CNC milling machines offer extensive possibilities for implementing planned projects.
Open Source Everyone should be able to make use of our solutions. In accordance with the Open Source concept, the ideas and projects developed in our network can be used, copied and further developed by others.
Construct! Humanitarian Aid.
Every Wednesday from 5 pm we work together with supporters from many different areas on technical developments. Here all are welcome who have ideas for projects, who bring technical knowledge for the implementation of projects, or who simply like to do manual work for a good cause once again.
If you would like to support us, please come by. You can also reach us via email: email@example.com
Debate! Humanitarian Aid.
In the Cadus Crisis Response Makerspace we not only construct, but we also discuss! Every first Thursday of the month at 8 pm we invite you to a talk on current topics. Here we want to discuss with you how humanitarian aid can be made more sustainable.
Perspectives on humanitarian work in North-East Syria and beyond
We start with an update about the work of CADUS in North-East Syria. Following, Saud Al-Zaid will take a close look at the social situation in the Middle East, focussing on the question what it means to grow up in war:
Millennials at War: Understanding Intergenerationality in Middle East Conflict Zones There are basic paradigms utilized in simplifying the Middle East, the famous ones being Sunni/Shia, Nationalist/Islamist, Arab/Persian, etc. These descriptions tend to be static, putting a seemingly timeless and essentialist stereotype to understand complicated groups of people. This talk introduces NGO workers in Middle East conflict zones to the differences in intergenerational life-stories, adding the dimension of time within the context of identity and potential self-understanding.
Place: Cadus Crisis Response Makerspace, Holzmarktstr. 19, 10243 Berlin Date: 05.09.2019 Start: 20:00 Language: English, with German translation corner if needed Free entry, no previous knowledge required!
What we are working on
Disasters, crises and conflict come unexpectedly and every situation is different. Working in the humanitarian field therefore means reacting fast and flexibly. This means working under extreme conditions, both for the teams and for the equipment. In order to be able to provide optimal support at all times, innovation and creativity are required. And they find plenty of room in our Crisis Response Makerspace.
More about our projects in the Crisis Response Makerspace
Patient Treatment Places
Mobile and modular concepts are our specialty. We also apply these principles when designing treatment places for our patients. In the makerspace, such a treatment place is created with the associated equipment that is easy to assemble and transport.
CADUS provides sustainable humanitarian aid, including the correct treatment of infectious medical waste. In cooperation with students of the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, an incinerator is currently built in the makerspace that is easy to transport and therefore suitable for use in dynamic crisis situations. Of course, it complies with the WHO standards for the incineration of medical waste.
Our experience from the mission in Mosul is combined with the skills of students and engineers in order to develop in the makerspace the optimal emergency toilet for our crew in areas of crisis. The mobile and easy to build toilet follows the standards of the WHO and is located in the large subject area WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).
Airborne Emergency Response
Targeting new heights with the Airborne Emergency Response Unit (AERU)! After countless drop tests in the makerspace, we finally succeeded in dropping our emergency boxes from an airplane in Switzerland. We continue to work on bringing our mobile and modular concept by air exactly where help is needed most urgently.
Remo2hbo - medical equipment for all
Remo2hbo - this is robust, repairable and inexpensive vital parameter monitoring as an open source solution. For two years now, research, soldering, programming, and documentation has been carried out in the Crisis Response Makerspace and at the Berlin universities of applied sciences HTW and BeuthHS. This provides an alternative to the conventional devices that are oriented towards economic aspects and that cause problems both in areas with weak infrastructure and in humanitarian aid.
The shower truck was developed for the WASH sector (water, sanitation and hygiene). Together with our other deployable vehicles, it is available to other organisations for the support of refugees as part of our European Border Support Initiative. We are looking forward to your inquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current deployable vehicles
In the winter of 2018, another reconstruction took place in the makerspace: in record time, many helping hands transformed an Iveco transporter and a pickup truck into a mobile clinic and brought them on their way to Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Sarajevo we used it to provide medical support to refugees for four months.
CADUS became involved in northeastern Syria at an early stage, encountering a dynamic war situation with rapidly changing fronts. Based on this experience, we planned and built a mobile hospital. With its help we were able to save many lives in Mossul, Iraq (https://cadus.org/en/article/291). The mobile hospital is now on the road with our partner organization in Syria. During the reconstruction of the two Magirus Deutz 4WD-trucks we moved into the S-Bahn bend directly at the Spree River, where our makerspace is at home now.