World Relief Germany was founded in 1998 as Partner Aid International by Christians who were determined to make an active contribution to overcoming poverty in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. At that time all services were rendered by volunteers. Friends from the circle of founding members took unpaid leave or a break from their regular work to support projects in Yemen, India, the Maldives and Kazakhstan. Over time the number of project activities grew and larger projects were implemented. Our relationships with local partners led us to a deeper awareness and respect of the cultures, worldviews and faith of those that we worked with.
This understanding was a motivating factor in developing long-term, sustainable solutions in our project countries. This approach became more and more important in the following years. Complex work and a contextual approach made it necessary for employees to be willing to spend more time abroad. In 2001, the first paid employees were hired. In 2005, a researcher collected data on the various projects, project partners and employees of Partner Aid. This study was the basis for the reorganization of the organization and a further professionalization of the work in 2007. In 2014, the German association entered into an affiliation agreement with World Relief (USA) and became known as World Relief Germany. Since then, the two have worked together as independent affiliated organizations.