On February 6th, 2023, a deadly 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey and Syria resulting in more than 11,000 casualties in the two countries combined. Ever since the disaster, the world has been trying to offer all the help it can. According to the guardian, the World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that the final toll could equate 20000 deaths since a similar earthquake killed more than 15000 people in 1999.
The catastrophe is unimaginable for the world. Everyone is trying to save their family, to do what they can to get their kids from under the rubble. Viral videos show kids under the damage trying to hold on while an aching father asks his son who’s stuck to recite Alshahada. The world stands helpless in the presence of such a disaster, and while everyone is doing what they can, we’ve gathered a number of ways you can help too, and even if it seems small, it will make a difference.
The Syrian American Medical Society
The Syrian American Medical Society said in a recent statement that they are on ground in Syria. The SAMS stated that they are in immediate need for trauma supplies in order to keep saving lives.
They are asking for donations since Al Dana hospital in Syria is damaged because of the earthquake.
Ester’s Help is a non-profit organization that provides aid for families and children. They are currently arranging a few ways for people to donate with the needed bank numbers. They are currently organizing help in Aleppo. You can find the bank accounts below.
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Following the footsteps of everyone trying to help every way they can, Arab Therapy is offering free therapy sessions for anyone in Syria affected by the earthquake. They have provided all the ways to contact them below:
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Save the Children
The Save the Children team in North West Syria is working closely with organizations to help assess the damage and offer the needed help. While in Turkey, Save the Children are on ground with emergency kits to help everyone affected in the region. Make sure to donate if you can, any help matters.
The IHH Foundation
The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is a Turkish NGO that is working to provide relief for the victims of this catastrophic earthquake. They are currently preparing emergency food bundles for everyone affected. You can donate here to help!
The World Humanitarian Movement (WOHM)
The World Humanitarian Movement is organizing a fundraising Campaign to provide emergency relief, including food, water, shelter, and medical assistance. All the funds donated will be used to help the victims. Check here for more information.
The UNHCR is working on providing shelters and food for all those affected from the earthquake in Syria and Turkey. They also have active teams on ground to help in this catastrophe. Make sure to donate to extend the help and for the teams to keep doing the work they’re doing to help the victims.
World Food Programme (WFP)
The world food programme is reaching out with urgently needed food assistance for everyone affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
Lastly, social media plays a huge role in such disasters. Keep sharing the news, let people know about what’s happening. Keep sharing the donation links. There is so much we can do with a press of a button that would help the people across Syria and Turkey. Do what you can to help, even if it’s small, it matters.
Our deepest condolences go out to Syria and Turkey, to the families and the victims.