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Early last week a devasting earthquake shook the Southeastern Anatolia region, resulting in large scale humanitarian crisis. The disaster has taken thousands of lives and caused significant damage across the region. For survivors, these are the hardest moments of their lives and are in urgent need of food, water, clothing, shelter, and healthcare. Turkey and Syria require urgent support in this critical time. Below is a list of organizations that are working in the region that we could support.  

  1. Turkish Red Crescent: The Turkish Red Crescent is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey and has been at the forefront of earthquake relief efforts in the country. They provide emergency assistance, medical aid, and shelter to those affected by earthquakes. Read More
  2. Syria Relief: Syria Relief is a UK-based humanitarian organization that provides aid and support to people affected by the conflict in Syria, including earthquake victims. They provide emergency assistance, shelter, and medical aid to those in need. Read More
  3. UNICEF: UNICEF is a global humanitarian organization that provides aid and support to children and families affected by earthquakes and other disasters. They provide emergency relief, access to clean water, and medical aid to those in need. Read More
  4. The World Food Programme: The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity, for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. The UN World Food programme aims to distribute 40,000 ready-to-eat rations to cover the needs of 200,000 people for one week, which will be followed by regular food rations. Read More
  5. International Medical Corps: The International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical aid and support to those affected by earthquakes and other disasters. They have a presence in both Turkey and Syria and have responded to previous earthquake emergencies in the region. Read More
  6. Oxfam: Oxfam is a global humanitarian organization that provides emergency aid and support to those affected by earthquakes and other disasters. They work to provide clean water, sanitation, and emergency shelter to those in need. Read More
  7. World Vision: World Vision is a global humanitarian organization that works to support children and families affected by disasters. In Turkey, they are providing emergency relief, shelter, and other support to those affected by the earthquake. Read More
  8. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation: IHH’s voluntary relief activities evolved into an official organization in 1995 and spread around five continents as it established a bridge of goodwill stretching from Turkey to 123 countries. IIH is working towards search and rescue operations and delivering deliver water, food, and emergency supplies in Turkey.
  9. International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has a presence in over 40 countries around the world. IRC relies on donations to provide adequate healthcare and emergency support, among other needs, to the affected in both Turkey and Syria. Read More
  10. Save the Children: Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization established in the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts. The group will be distributing blankets and winter clothing in the coming days in both Syria and Turkey. Read More
  11. Project Hope: Founded in 1958, Project HOPE has been at the forefront of relief missions in humanitarian crises including natural disasters. Project HOPE has deployed an emergency response effort and is working with local and international partners to respond to the immediate needs. Read More
  12. Doctors without Borders: Doctors Without Borders brings medical humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and health care exclusion. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières teams are responding to the increasing needs. MSF teams in northwestern Syria began treating patients within the first hours after the earthquake struck. MSF emergency teams are assessing the needs in the most affected areas of southern Turkey. Read More
  13. The White Helmets: The White Helmets, officially known as Syria Civil Defence, is a volunteer organisation that operates in parts of opposition-controlled Syria and in Turkey. The White Helmets has got down on the ground in Turkey and Syria. Around 3,000 of its volunteer rescuers are pulling survivors out of the rubble of the buildings destroyed in northwestern Syria. Read More
  14. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is a United Nations agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. The UNHCR is providing kitchen sets, mattresses and tents among other essentials that are being requested by Turkish authorities. Read More
  15. Global Giving: Global Giving helps connect non-profit organisations to donors. Itself a non-profit, it has launched the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund with a target of raising $ 5 million to meet relief needs. The money will initially be used to help provide urgent food, clean water, medicine, fuel and shelter. Read More

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