How to Support the Relief Efforts in Turkey and Syria After the Earthquake
On Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, followed by a magnitude 7.5 aftershock – killing more than 21,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Each day the death toll continues to rise, as rescue workers race against the clock to clear the rubble.
The epicenter of the quake was located in Syria, and it was felt in both countries, as well as in other nearby countries. The quake caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure. Several relief organizations, like the American Red Cross and Team Rubicon, are on the scene working tirelessly against the clock and through unfavorable weather conditions to save as many lives as possible and provide aid in the form of food, shelter, and medical assistance.
So far, they have provided temporary housing, food, and medical assistance to those in need. As the search and rescue operations continue, the full extent of the damage is still being assessed. It is clear that the earthquake has had a tremendous impact, and it will take time for the area to fully recover.
Here’s how to take action.
We encourage you to support nonprofits on the ground and offer to match donations. Here’s a list of nonprofits on the scene.
The Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF)
The Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) is a non-profit organization that works to support meaningful projects in Turkey.
Founded in 2002, TPF has invested in over 200 projects that address social and economic issues in Turkey, from health and education to culture and the environment.
The Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) has responded to the earthquake in Syria and Turkey by investing in relief efforts in the affected areas, providing emergency aid, and supporting local organizations working to rebuild the communities.
Additionally, TPF has been working with its partners to raise awareness and funds to support the ongoing relief efforts.
UNICEF is a United Nations agency that works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first, tackling the challenges that affect them the most and providing the solutions to help them fulfill their potential.
They are responding to the urgent needs of children and families affected by the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey by providing lifesaving health, nutrition, education, protection, and water and sanitation services. UNICEF is also working with local and international partners to ensure that children and their families have access to essential goods, services, and supplies.
CARE is an international nonprofit organization that works to fight global poverty and provide humanitarian aid.
They are providing emergency relief including providing food, shelter, water, and non-food items. They are also helping people access health services and providing psychosocial support.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, impartial humanitarian organization that helps people affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
They are assisting with emergency relief efforts in Syria and Turkey in response to the earthquake. This includes providing medical assistance, shelter, food, and other essential items. Additionally, the organization is providing psychological support to those affected by the disaster.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid and development organization that works to help people affected by humanitarian crises.
They are providing emergency relief for those affected by the earthquake, including shelter, food, and medical supplies. They are also providing mental health support and access to safe spaces for women and children.
Team Rubicon is a veteran-led disaster response organization, founded in 2010, that has a mission to unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to areas affected by disasters.
They have sent teams to both Syria and Turkey in response to the earthquake, in order to provide timely and effective relief to those in need. The organization is providing aid such as medical supplies, food, and water, as well as helping to rebuild damaged infrastructure.
Save The Children
Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian aid and advocacy for children in over 120 countries.
They are focused on improving the lives of children in need at the scene. They’re responding with emergency kits amid the harsh winter weather.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian medical organization that provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries.
They are providing medical care and resources to refugees affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey. They are also providing mental health support and distributing essential items such as shelter, water, and food.
Mercy Corps is a global organization that works around the world to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities.
They are providing emergency relief such as food and shelter to those affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey and helping people recover and rebuild their lives. They are also providing mental health and psychosocial support to those affected.
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