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Türkiye / Syria
Update on your donations
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to collect over €40,000 for the survivors of the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. In the last few weeks we have been in constant contact with local organizations in order to use your donations with the greatest possible impact. In the first days and weeks after the earthquake, there was a lack of everything: food, blankets, hygiene items and medical aid.
In the meantime, the need for essential relief supplies has been largely covered. People now need medium- and long-term shelter, access to sanitation and clean water. That’s why the donations go to two organizations that are building apartments for survivors of the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.
Container homes in Türkiye
Half of the donations go to INFAK, a German association that has been providing support in the affected regions of Türkiye since the earthquake. Since March, the organisation has been working on building an emergency housing estate with 45 container apartments. Thanks to your donations, 4 of these apartments have already been financed and will be ready for occupancy shortly.
Apartments in northern Syria
The other half of the donations goes to Molham, a Syrian NGO that has been working to secure basic needs such as food, shelter and medicine for needy Syrians since 2012. The organization will start building 2,000 homes for earthquake survivors in June, 4 of which have already been funded by your donations.
A big thank you to each and every one of you for your support and donations!
On the morning of February 6, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the border region of Türkiye and Syria, followed the same day by another 7.5 magnitude earthquake. According to current information, more than 10,000 people have already died and another 49,000 are injured. The search for survivors is still ongoing.
In the affected region, there are millions of refugees from Syria who were already living in catastrophic conditions before the earthquake. In addition, temperatures are currently around freezing point, and there is snow in many regions. Aftershocks repeatedly shake the region. Survivors are therefore forced to stay in the cold outdoors; since their houses have been destroyed or are in danger of collapsing.
Local help is urgently needed: Thousands of buildings collapsed and important infrastructure, such as hospitals, was destroyed. In addition to medical help, relief supplies such as food or blankets are also needed.
Even if we are not normally active in the region, our network with Visions for Children e.V. gives us the opportunity to implement humanitarian emergency aid. We are currently in constant contact with local organizations about what they need in order to use your donations as quickly as possible with the greatest possible impact.
Of course we will keep you up to date on how exactly the donations can be used on site. Time is running out – quick and uncomplicated help for those affected is now saving lives. Let’s stand together to help the survivors!