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Support for Earthquake Recovery in Turkey and Syria

Support for Earthquake Recovery in Turkey and Syria

Turkey and Syria were struck by devastating earthquakes on Feb. 6

As Turkey and Syria are struck by earthquakes, our partners at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) are taking steps alongside other organizations on the frontlines in support of communities as earthquakes expand across the area.

Although this region is earthquake-prone, this is the most devastating to hit Turkey in over 20 years. Additionally, this region has been experiencing other humanitarian crises, making the long-term recovery and rebuilding all the more challenging. Below are funds that have been set up to direct resources, as well as agencies who are on the ground in the region, providing services and support.

Turkey and Syria were struck by devastating earthquakes on Feb. 6, the first being a magnitude 7.8 that caused large aftershocks, including a 7.5 magnitude earthquake nine hours after the first earthquake occurred.

Ways to Support

Below is a list of agencies that are in the region providing immediate support and response to affected communities. Click on the links below to learn more and to be directed to donation pages.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) – Turkey & Syria Earthquake Recovery Fund – CDP’s Turkey & Syria Earthquake Recovery Fund supports earthquake-affected families and communities as they work to rebuild and recover. CDP has strong partnerships and relationships with NGOs in Turkey and Syria. We are aware of sanctions and can fund non-501c3 organizations. CDP’s Turkey & Syria Earthquake Recovery Fund provides targeted grantmaking that prioritizes needs identified in collaboration with local partners. With an intersectional racial equity lens and an emphasis on medium- and long-term recovery, CDP works to identify gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial and technical support where it is needed most.

Global Giving – Global Giving has launched a $5 million Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund appeal. All donations to this fund will support Turkey (officially known as the Republic of Turkiye) and Syria earthquake relief and recovery efforts. Initially, the fund helps first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, medicine, and shelter. As needs evolve, they will prioritize longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in the impacted areas. They also offer funding opportunities to support nearly 40 NGOs operating in Turkey and over 60 in Syria.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – IFAW is supporting local partners in Turkey and Syria to quickly mobilize resources to provide vital support for animals. IFAW has committed $50,000 to support local organizations, including Haytap Animal Rights Federation in Turkey and House of Cats Ernesto in northern Syria, in an effort to rescue and care for injured animals. IFAW supports field assessments to identify unmet animal needs, emergency interventions for displaced animals, and veterinary triage for injured animals.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) – 100% of donations to this fund will support TPF’s Türkiye Earthquake Relief Fund and recovery efforts. TPF has a $1 million seed with an additional million dollar match opportunity. Their team monitors the impact on affected communities and work with partners at Afet Platformu to allocate funds where they’re needed most. Initially, the funds helped first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, medicine, and shelter. As needs evolved, TPF expanded their support to longer-term recovery efforts run by local organizations in the impacted areas. Since 2007, TPF has mobilized over $55M and has invested over $28M in grants with partners focused on addressing economic, social, and environmental needs in Turkey and around the world.

Other organizations you can support

A note on the spelling of Turkey – The country of Turkey is recognized in English as Türkiye by the United Nations. You will see both instances of Turkey’s spelling below.

Action Aid USA – ActionAid has been in Syria since the 1990s and have been working with Syrian refugees in Turkey for over a decade. ActionAid’s Arab Region has a history of impactful and locally rooted programs focused on supporting internally displaced people in Syria and Syrian refugees in neighboring countries by offering aid to improve their resilience and prevent social tension between communities. ActionAid also supports women survivors of gender-based violence in Syria. Working with community partners, they provide psychosocial counseling and support for children and their families in addition to providing survivors with income-generating activities so they can rebuild and recover.

Action Against Hunger – Action Against Hunger immediately mobilized its emergency response team, including specialists in logistics; food and nutrition; and water, sanitation and hygiene. In coordination with authorities in both countries, Action Against Hunger is currently conducting needs assessments around rapid distributions of: food, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Action Against Hunger leads the global movement to end hunger. They innovate solutions, advocate for change, and reach 24 million people every year with proven hunger prevention and treatment programs. As a nonprofit that works across 50 countries, their 8,300 dedicated staff members partner with communities to address the root causes of hunger, including climate change, conflict, inequity, and emergencies.

Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKDN) – As a part of the Aga Khan Development Network, AKDN deployed a team of 20 search and rescue teams in Syria on February 6, 2023. AKDN is currently focusing their efforts on distributing non-food essentials to those in need, constructing transitional shelters for survivors, rehabilitating public infrastructures, educating the public on Disaster Risk Reduction, and providing psychosocial support services for affected community members.

Airlink – Within hours of the initial two earthquakes, Airlink had already received requests for transportation and logistics support from their NGO partners – including search and rescue teams (including canines). Requests for responder flights and transportation of cargo with humanitarian aid is growing. Given that there are no commercial flights into Syria, which is dependent on humanitarian aid for millions due to the protracted crises there, Airlink’s ability to engage their transportation network across the region is essential to regional and international NGOs. Airlink will support for as long as recovery support is needed from them. A coordination call will be scheduled for all partners to ensure right aid, right time, right place across the response.

Americares – Americares is preparing to send urgently needed medicines and relief supplies, including wound care products and first aid items, to supply health workers treating survivors. Americares relief workers immediately reached out to four longtime partner organizations working in Turkey and Syria to offer assistance. They are preparing to provide emergency funding to local health partners working in the region to help restore health services in the hardest hit communities. The World Health Organization has put out a call for Type 2 and 3 EMTs; Americares is currently a type 1 EMT. Should the WHO call upon Type 1 EMTs, they are ready.

AVSI Foundation USA – AVSI is assisting thousands of injured and displaced people in Aleppo, Syria about 100 km from the Gaziantep. Within a few a few hours, their staff was operational and ready to treat the wounded at the Saint Louis Hospital in Aleppo and assess and respond to the most urgent needs for immediate emergency assistance for those who have lost their homes: blankets, food, clothes. AVSI has been working in Syria since 2015, coordinating an network of partners and projects to support the Syrian population who have been suffering the effects of war for over 10 years. Saint Louis Hospital in Aleppo is once such partner that AVSI has been supporting through its “Syria: Open Hospitals” project launched in 2017 which to date has provided over 95,000 free treatments to poor Syrians.

CARE – CARE is still checking on their teams, but the majority are safe. CARE is present in both countries, and plans on responding inside both countries. CARE’s team in Turkey (Türkiye) is prepared to launch an initial response with the delivery of essential supplies, like water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) materials; tents; blankets; food; cash assistance and other emergency items. CARE plans to collaborate with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency to deliver supplies to people in makeshift shelters across Turkey, including schools, mosques and other government-managed shelters. CARE will also continue their existing cross-border operations to respond to the worst affected areas in Northwest Syria, where on-the-ground teams and partners are working to deliver blankets, food, mattresses, tents and other non-food items to people in need amid harsh weather conditions. CARE has several established partners in the area, as well as established programs and offices. CARE operates four safe spaces for women and girls in the earthquake-affected area, and teams have been sent to ensure that the structures are sound and are ready to provide safe shelter for those in need.
Catholic Relief Services – CRS is coordinating with local partners in Turkey and Syria to monitor the situation and mobilize a response, particularly in Hatay and Gazientep provinces of Turkey and in Aleppo and Latakia Governorates of Syria. CRS has existing partnerships with Caritas Turkey as well as Carita Syria, the Franciscans, the Holy Family, the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Sacred Heart Sisters in Syria. Caritas offices in southern Turkey were severely damaged along with several other church properties, including the Cathedral of Iskenderun which totally collapsed. The Holy Family’s centre in Banias and the Sacred Heart Sisters centre in Safita, Syria also experienced minor damage.

Concern Worldwide US – Concern Worldwide has been working in the region since 2013. They are already on the ground providing aid. Concern is supplying blankets and heaters to emergency shelters in Şanlıurfa, close to the epicenter of the earthquakes, along with food and water. They are also opening community centers that are deemed safe, so that families have shelter from the extremely cold weather. In the coming days they plan to expand their activities to provide support for affected communities.

Convoy of Hope – Convoy team members are currently talking with partners in the region and responding with much-needed supplies. Food, water, and other essentials will be sent to the region as quickly as possible.

Direct Relief – Direct Relief is connected with groups on the ground in Turkey and Syria and is responding with an initial $200,000 commitment to support immediate search and rescue and medical care efforts including: $100,000 to AKUT, the leading search and rescue team in Turkey with over 400 staff and volunteers and $100,000 to the Syrian American Medical Society, which operates health facilities in northwest Syria, and those facilities have already received over 1,000 patients impacted by the earthquake. Earthquakes typically cause various blunt trauma and orthopedic injuries, such as broken bones, lacerations, and crush syndrome from being trapped under heavy debris. Direct Relief is working to mobilize medical aid deliveries to help address immediate and near-term medical needs in coordination with local officials and agencies to ensure efficiency and avoid bottlenecks that can occur when efforts to bring in personnel and material assistance converge in an area with damaged infrastructure. Over the next several weeks, the priority is to bolster the availability of medical items needed to treat a range of traumatic injuries caused by falling debris, crush injuries, fractures, lacerations and search and rescue activities. A continued flow of primary care items to help keep people with chronic health conditions will also be necessary, especially while local resources are reallocated for emergency response.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – MSF teams working in northwestern Syria have mobilized with local partners to respond to the increasing needs in the area. Sadly, an MSF staff member was found dead under the rubble of his house in Idlib, and others lost members of their family. Their teams treated around 200 wounded and received 160 casualties in the facilities and the clinics that they run or support in northern Idlib within the first few hours. Their ambulances are also deployed to assist. MSF provided immediate support to 23 health facilities across Idlib and Aleppo governorates by donating emergency medical kits and supporting them with medical staff to reinforce their teams. MSF teams have donated blankets and essential life kits to displaced people in the region. They are currently assessing the situation and needs in Idlib, northern Aleppo, and southern Turkey to scale up their response accordingly.

Global Communities – Global Communities is assessing their ability to respond and how best to support. Their main office is based in Gaziantep and did lose one staff member in Syria when her house collapsed. Their likely response will focus on the Syria side and they are looking at pivoting some current programs or launching new ones, focusing on shelter, wash, food assistance. Sectors to be confirmed as this evolves.

Global Empowerment Mission BStrong (GEM BStrong) – GEM Bstrong has committed to donate $20 million in supplies to support those impacted by Turkey’s devastating earthquakes. GEM BStrong’s model of efficacy is based on smart partnerships: “How to get the most amount of aid to the most amount of people in the least amount of time for the least amount of money.”

Good360 – Good360 has created a needs list based on the outreach they offer to their international nonprofit partners and humanitarian networks including PQMDUS Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and logistics partner networks. Some of their key nonprofit partners include Save the Children, MAP International, Global Empowerment Mission, International Medical Corps, IMA World Health, and a growing list of others. Good360’s top product needs are heaters (gas and electrical), thermal blankets, tent floor mats, torches and headlamps (solar and rechargeable), and first aid kits.

HelpAge – HelpAge is providing emergency response care to the elderly and people living with disabilities. With cold temperatures posing additional health risks to these groups, HelpAge is focused on providing solutions for emergency shelter accessibility, supplies, and services. HelpAge has been active in Syria since 2013, and their operations have been primarily concentrated in North-West Syria.

Humanity and Inclusion (HI) – HI says they are anticipating high numbers of people with complex injuries—including amputations—in need of emergency care, rehabilitation, and psychological support. With more than 330 staff in the region, their teams are preparing to provide desperately-needed emergency care. Their goal is to save lives and prevent serious injuries from becoming long-term disabilities.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – Red Crescent teams in the region have sprung into action, providing hot meals and drinks, collecting and shipping blood to the impacted areas as well as providing psychosocial support. The Turkish Red Crescent and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have mobilized to support communities affected: needs are growing minute by minute. Rescue teams have been reaching hardest-hit areas where survivors remain trapped under rubble. In Türkiye, teams from the Turkish Red Crescent deployed in ten affected provinces in the south and southeast regions with stocks of food and basic aid items such as tents and blankets to support those injured and evacuated. Their teams are also providing psychological support, distributing hot meals and sending its national stock of blood and plasma to the affected regions. In Syria, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been responding on the ground since early morning, supporting search and rescue operations, providing first aid, performing emergency medical evacuations and transporting injured people to the hospitals. A large number of buildings collapsed amidst vulnerable living situations and very harsh weather conditions.

International Medical Corps (IMC) – International Medical Corps is coordinating closely with their local teams and partners and is mobilizing to respond. They are also in discussion with the World Health Organization regarding a potential Emergency Medical Team deployment. Their team in Syria has already deployed and is assessing conditions and delivering vital medicines and supplies—such as blankets and clean water—to women, children and men affected by the quakes.

International Rescue Committee – The IRC has been working in Syria since 2012, responding to needs in northwest and northeast Syria. The IRC promotes economic recovery with job training, apprenticeships and small business support. Their teams support early childhood development and provide counseling and protection services for women and children, particularly for survivors of violence. They support health facilities and mobile health teams with critical trauma services and primary, reproductive and mental health services. Their cholera response includes provision of essential supplies for cholera prevention, control and treatment; training of clinical staff and community health workers on case detection, management and referral; as well as health education and hygiene awareness through house-to-house visits. Any response will prioritize both direct and partner-based responses. IRC is sending an assessment team which will fully evaluate the need. The IRC has responded to many natural disasters and crises, they are able to predict the core components of a response. These include: Emergency Cash Assistance, Protection for Women & Girls , Emergency Kits (blankets, water…) and Shelter and/or referrals to housing.

INTERSOS – (through The King Baudouin Foundation) INTERSOS is intervening in support of the emergency response to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
As INTERSOS is already operating in Syria, they were immediately able to support the medical response through our medical teams in the field. Two mobile medical units have already been deployed to affected areas in the governorates of Hama and Idlib.

Islamic Relief USA (part of Islamic Relief Worldwide) – Islamic Relief is launching an emergency response in Türkiye, to assist earthquake victims and their families with cash assistance to purchase basic necessities including food, water, and emergency medicine. Food and non-food items (NFIs) will be distributed through the emergency response as well. Islamic Relief has been working in Türkiye since the early 2000s. Their goal is to provide emergency and long-term aid not only to residents of Türkiye, but Syrian and other refugee populations alike.

Malteser International Americas – Malteser International Americas is currently supporting six hospitals, including a maternity and children’s hospital, alongside eight additional primary health care units in the regions of Idlib and North Aleppo in northwestern Syria. They have sent over 10 tons of medical supplies to Turkey to date. They plan to continue this effort as hospitals struggle with a shortage of medical supplies, first aid kits, trauma kits, and medicine. Their partner organizations in Syria are working to distribute food and blankets to those in need.

Matthew 25 Ministries – Matthew 25 responds to disasters domestically and internationally by providing rapid response and long-term support to areas impacted by disaster. They are shipping supplies to partners working in the affected areas to help meet the critical needs of people impacted by the earthquakes. Outreach includes medical supplies, personal care items, clothing, blankets, and more. Matthew 25 has been providing aid to the region for decades and is able to utilize existing partnerships to get supplies into affected areas quickly and efficiently.

MedGlobal – MedGlobal works with hospitals and emergency services to provide support in Syria and Turkey. They have plans to activate ER and trauma surgery activities in Shamareen Hospital, provide food to emergency responders, and provide food and shelter supplies to 2,000 people. In Turkey, they are working to coordinate with AFAD and TRC to provide support for rescue efforts by providing medical supplies, equipment, and other items needed for search and rescue efforts.

MedShare – MedShare supports those in need by distributing high-quality, unused medical supplies and equipment in times of crisis. They respond to disasters and provide support through recovery and rebuilding. They pledge to continue to work with the doctors, nurses, partners and volunteers committed to providing medical care on the front lines. They equip healthcare professionals, medical mission teams, partner organizations, and local hospitals and clinics with the supplies and equipment needed to save lives.

Mercy Corps – Mercy Corps is responding to this crisis, rapidly assessing needs and providing emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene activities, working to deliver essential supplies to communities affected by the earthquake. They will be responding in North West Syria likely with shelter kits, hygiene items and other urgently needed supplies while also looking at the potential for cash distributions. They are aiming to resume their emergency water, sanitation and hygiene activities as soon as possible also. Mercy Corps has been working in Syria since 2008, delivering emergency assistance and addressing longer-term needs both before and during the current crisis.

Near East Foundation (NEF) – Following the tragic earthquake in Syria, Near East Foundation is leveraging its current programming and relationships to launch a rapid recovery response in Northwest Syria. NEF currently maintains over 40 staff based in four centers and a network of 725 business borrowers that are well positioned to rapidly deliver services. They are working to deploy a rapid physical rehabilitation response to support the recovery of NEF business borrowers, deliver rapid emergency services, connect impacted businesses with businesses that remain fully operational, and retain the inventory of affected businesses to address market disruptions.

NetHope – NetHope has been monitoring the situation since the hour the earthquake occurred, and is in touch with key counterparts, including UN OCHA’s Virtual OSOCC, UNDAC, ETC, RETS, and GISF. NetHope has 17 Members operating in Turkey and 29 Members operating in Syria. They are closely coordinating with our Members, partners and contacts, and they are assessing sending a team to the affected area. NetHope, a consortium of over 60 leading global nonprofits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it.

OXFAM – Oxfam is currently assessing response plans with their local partners in Turkiye and Syria. Given the scale of devastation, an Oxfam team has been deployed to affected areas to conduct assessments, as part of the official National Disaster Response Platform. Oxfam KEDV, the Oxfam affiliate in Turkiye, has partnerships with 80 women’s cooperatives in ten Turkish provinces most affected by the earthquake and is currently assessing response plans with them given the scale of devastation. In Syria, Oxfam’s staff is particularly concerned about risks facing women, children, elderly people, and people living with disabilities. Staff members are identifying ways they can ensure security for vulnerable people, in addition to providing clean water and hygiene items, and other assistance. Oxfam is planning to distribute cash to displaced families to help them secure housing in addition to providing hygiene items to 2,000 families in northern Syria.

Plan International – Children and their families sheltering in parts of northwest Syria devastated by two catastrophic earthquakes are in urgent need of food, water, blankets and sleeping bags. Plan International’s partner organization, MECC, is responding to the immediate needs of children and their families in the aftermath of the disaster in Syria. With the help of their local partners, Plan is working to provide immediate lifesaving needs for children, especially girls, and their families in Syria. These needs include food, water, shelter, and warm blankets.

Project HOPE – Project HOPE has had a presence in the region since 2021, as it has been working with partners in Türkiye and Syria to support mental health and resiliency programs for Syrian refugees. Project HOPE currently is responding to this emergency with a team on the ground and is deploying additional emergency response teams to support the affected population. They are working to coordinate with local partners and to identify immediate needs including identifying search and rescue efforts, shipment, and coordination of emergency health kits, supplies, and medicines. The emergency response team is prepared to deploy additional surge support as needed.

Relief International – Relief International teams are on the ground providing medical care to the injured and their humanitarian relief response has been activated. Relief International has been operating in both Türkiye and Syria for over a decade, providing medical, rehabilitation and other services to Syrian and other refugees, internally displaced persons and vulnerable host populations.

Save the Children – Save’s teams are ready to respond and currently on the ground assessing needs. Children will need urgent support to access food, water, shelter and warm clothing to protect them against the elements. Save is asking for support of their Children’s Emergency Fund, which will enable their staff to launch an emergency response to help children and families affected by the earthquake in Türkiye, Syria and other impacted areas while also meeting the needs of children in crisis around the world.

ShelterBox USA – ShelterBox is currently assessing the situation and determining whether Syria and Turkey are in need of assistance from ShelterBox. ShelterBox is currently working in north-west and north-east Syria, providing winterization assistance to internally displaced people. These regions were heavily impacted by the earthquake and already have extremely high humanitarian needs. They are well-prepared to respond to this crisis with their strong history of responses in Syria over the last decade and a 2011 response to an earthquake in Turkey.

Syria Relief and Development – Syria Relief & Development (SRD) is a US-based NGO with offices in Syria, Turkey, and Jordan. In direct response to the crisis, they were founded in 2011 to help Syrians who were suffering from violence, a lack of resources, hunger and displacement. SRD’s Turkey country office is based in Gaziantep, where the first earthquake hit. SRD’s first responders are on the ground and their 20 ambulances have been deployed to serve those critically injured. Several hospitals in the region have been impacted by the earthquake, including Jandaris hospital.

Syrian American Medical Association – SAMS is a global medical relief organization that is working on the frontlines of crisis relief in Syria and beyond to save lives and alleviate suffering. SAMS proudly provides dignified medical care to every patient in need.Seven hospitals within their network of health facilities in northwest Syria have reported receiving over 800 people who are wounded, and unfortunately there have been 190 fatalities as of earlier this morning. Four of their health facilities have sustained damage, including two that are currently evacuated and out of service. Their emergency response will include medical supplies and equipment to expand ICU, in-patient, and out-patient capacity; diesel for ambulances and hospitals, funds to support hospital rehabilitation, staff care, etc.

TIDER (through Global Foodbanking Network (GFN) – TIDER is Turkey’s umbrella organization in foodbanking. GFN has created a network for worldwide food banks to share their knowledge and experience by bringing them together. GFN reinforces food banks through capacity improvement programs so that they can pursue their journey in a more powerful and effective way. TIDER is the only Turkey-based certified member of this network. TIDER is in contact with their food banks in earthquake regions. Their preparations for the  supply and shipment of products that may be needed are still continuing.  Tider is involved in rapid needs assessment that has already begun. Tider is a member of Afet Platformu, an association of 26 NGOs from around the country carefully coordinating disaster response since January 2020 after the Elazig earthquake.

The White Helmets (through The Voices Project USA)– The White Helmets have been actively responding to the devastating earthquakes since the morning it happened. They have been doing this by supporting search and rescue operations, providing first aid, performing emergency medical evacuations, and transporting injured people to the hospitals. White Helmets’ operating team is in need of fuel, spare parts, large electricity generators, medical equipment, and additional vehicles. Locals desperately need emergency shelter, food, water, and blankets. The White Helmets plan to relocate hundreds of now homeless families into camps or emergency shelters as years of bombing have left many neighbourhoods at risk of collapsing.

United Nations Refugee Agency USA (UNHCR) – With severe winter storms currently sweeping through the region and compounding the vulnerability of survivors, families urgently need life-saving shelter and assistance. UNHCR is already on the ground in Syria providing emergency supplies including tents, thermal blankets, winter clothes, mattresses, and other supplies. In Türkiye, UNHCR teams are assisting refugee and local populations in response to the government’s request to provide emergency assistance.

UNICEF USA – (United Nations Children’s Fund) – The initial focus of UNICEF’s emergency response is on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection services, nutrition and education. Their field office teams are assessing impact on main water stations and water storage facilities to determine the extent of damages and interruption in services, and providing emergency water access for displaced families. UNICEF is also mobilizing to protect unaccompanied children and reunite separated families amidst the chaos. Over eight decades, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has built an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children.

Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations – Four of their  hospitals were damaged and evacuated. The remaining ones are overwhelmed. Founded in January 2012 in France, the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) is a coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, and medical organizations from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Turkey. Member organizations pool their resources and coordinate joint projects to provide independent and impartial relief and medical care to victims of war in Syria. UOSSM chapters work under a unified strategic framework to increase the effectiveness of the humanitarian response in areas of crisis. UOSSM provides humanitarian and medical assistance to all Syrian victims of war regardless of their religion, ethnicity, or political affiliation.

Vibrant Emotional Health (formerly Mental Health Association of New York) – The national Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is administered by Vibrant Emotional Health with funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). While DDH is intended to support people in the U.S. impacted by disaster, they have expanded their efforts to include anyone in the country who may be experiencing distress related to the earthquake in Turkey, Syria, and region.

World Central Kitchen – WCK team members are en route to Türkiye and will have boots on the ground by tomorrow to determine food needs. In the meantime, we’re working with local chefs and community partners to assess the situation. We are preparing to serve meals immediately should a need be identified. By partnering with organizations on the ground, WCK provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. WCK’s model aims to build strong community connections through their activations to be prepared for future crises.

World Food Program USA – In the wake of the devastating earthquakes that struck along the border between Turkey and Syria killing thousands and wounding many more, WFP is monitoring the situation and stands ready to deploy its emergency response capacity and expertise to support affected populations in both countries. In Turkey, WFP works closely with the Government and the Turkish Red Cross to provide basic needs to refugees in Southeast Turkey, and food assistance to more than 5.6 million people living in Syria.

Additional Center for Disaster Philanthropy and National Philanthropic Trust Resources:

Nicole Paquette
Nicole Paquette
Senior Director, Communications, Public Relations, and External Affairs

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