One of the deadliest earthquakes to strike in a century left more than 40,000 people dead and caused serious destruction in Turkey and Syria. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck both countries, while its tremors were felt in neighboring countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus. Buildings have collapsed, homes have turned into debris, families and infants are trapped under rubble, health facilities have been destroyed, thousands of people are dead, and millions have been affected by the earthquake and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
The grim situation in Syria is devastating as the people of Syria were already in need of humanitarian aid due to the 12-year-old civil war that has also hindered and complicated earthquake relief.
People in Syria and Turkey are in need of basic necessities such as food, clean water, healthcare, and shelter. It is also the coldest season of the year in Syria, further devastating those that have been rendered homeless. People need clothes, baby food, blankets, and more. Immediate relief to these regions is imperative, and therefore we need to reach out and donate as much as we can to make a huge difference. We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are helping the survivors and those affected by the deadly earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
The non-governmental organization Ahbap was founded in 2017. It is helping with relief efforts in Turkey, and donating to this non-profit will help them provide things that the people in Turkey are in dire need of, like medical supplies, food, and shelter.
Donate to AHBAP: HERE
Funds are needed to meet survivors’ immediate needs like medicine, shelter, food, and clean water, as many have been displaced and have become homeless due to the destruction caused by the earthquakes. Global Giving has a goal of raising $5,000,000 to meet emergency needs.
Donations to Global Giving will help provide temporary housing, medicines for survivors, shelter, “psycho-social and mental health support to survivors,” and much more to those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. With these donations, this non-profit organization, founded in 2002, will provide emergency relief to those affected.
You can make your donation to Global Giving’s Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund: HERE
International Medical Corps
With thousands dead, rescue operations are still ongoing a week after the earthquake hit Turkey and Syria. Survivors need immediate medical care and supplies. With the help of your donation, the International Medical Corps can provide emergency health services to the survivors.
Donate to help the earthquake survivors in Tukey and Syria: HERE
Save the Children
Children are at a massive risk in Turkey and Syria. Many have been displaced and separated from their families. Children urgently need access to shelter, food, and warm clothing to protect themselves from the cold.
To help children in Turkey and Syria, donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund: HERE
Doctors Without Borders
Due to Doctors Without Borders’ presence in northwestern Syria, they were able to quickly help those affected with treatment. They have also provided support by supplying kits.
Donate to Doctors Without Borders: HERE
Turkish Red Crescent
This humanitarian organization has mobilized its teams to support the people affected by the earthquakes in Turkey. They are on-ground, rescuing survivors from the rubble and providing emergency aid supplies to those injured. The Turkish Red Crescent is also providing emergency temporary shelter or tents/shelter material, food, and water to those in need.
Click HERE to donate
Syrian American Medical Society
The Syrian American Medical Society is on-ground, treating patients. Donations to this non-profit will help get trauma supplies for the injured.
Help save lives by donating to the Syrian American Medical Society. Select ‘Earthquake Relief Syria’ under ‘Choose A Program To Support’ while donating: HERE
Mercy Corps works to protect nations from crises and conflicts. In Syria, too, they evaluate immediate emergency needs and supply hygiene kits, water, essentials, and sanitary kits to those affected.
Donate to Mercy Corps: HERE
Action for Humanity
By donating to Action for Humanity’s Earthquake Emergency Response, you can help them provide meals, mobile clinics, blankets, hygiene kits, health emergency kits, mattresses, and more to the people affected by the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey.
To donate to this NGO’s Earthquake Emergency Response, click HERE to visit their website.
Direct Relief has provided medical supplies and aid to those injured in Turkey and Syria, such as antibiotics as well as essential medicines.
Donate to Direct Relief’s Turkey-Syria Earthquake Relief: HERE