By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the news of the devastating earthquake that took place in Turkey and Syria on February 6. Nearly 50,000 people have lost their lives so far and hundreds of thousands more have been injured, but there are millions more needing assistance across both countries. And all of this in the middle of winter, while the ground keeps shaking… it’s a really desperate situation.
Lately, we’ve been receiving messages from postcrossers, asking how they can help. While we are not experts, we believe that donating money to local organizations that are on the ground is the most efficient way to help in an emergency like this, as they will know best what people actually need, and can funnel resources accordingly. So, we asked postcrossers in Türkiye and Syria which organizations they recommend — here are their answers:
- this is a non-governmental organization funded by the Turkish musician and philanthropist Haluk Levent. It works in several different areas of solidarity and cooperation, and it has been very active in disaster relief efforts.
- This is the governmental agency that is coordinating disaster relief efforts in Türkiye — they organize the work with other NGOs, and most of the food, clothing, and other needs of the victims are taken care of by this agency.
- Syrian White Helmets
- A volunteer-run organization that participates in rescue and evacuation missions in Syria, usually as a result of bombings, but now active in disaster relief efforts as well.
Besides these local groups, there are other international organizations present in Türkiye and Syria, among which the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UNICEF and the UN Crisis Relief Fund are the ones we hear referred to the most. All of these agencies have decades of experience, and a good record helping in emergency situations.
We hope these links will help and encourage you to join us in making a donation to help mitigate the unthinkable effects of this crisis on millions of people. Your donation could become a hot meal, a blanket, a tent, or the help someone who has lost everything needs to restart their life — all of which will be welcome and important in these difficult times.
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I also urge any Postcrosser who is going to send a postcard to a person from Turkey, whether they live in Turkey or another country, to write their good wishes about the earthquake. As I said, even if we haven't been affected ourselves, everyone has a close person or at least an acquaintance living in that region. Not to mention the devastating effect social media can have on a person's mental health at such a time...
These wounds will take a long time to heal. Earthquakes are natural phenomena - we shouldn't forget who and what turns them into disasters.
A few have also been willing (though it must be hard) so share the personal impact of the quakes with the media so that folks here understand this isn't about something that's just far away.
I tried the IBAN method via my internet banking site and it was problematic because it asked for the branch name and address.
So I tried the direct card payment method and initially I had the issue that it wouldn't process the £sterling payment. However, after converting it to $, it went through. So if you're having problems, that may be the solution.
I'm not Turkish but my ethnic background is Pakistani and we have strong links with Turkiye.
So I would like to offer my condolences to both the people of Turkiye and Syria.
If people would like to know the appropriate Turkish phrases equivalent to "we're sorry for your loss" and "get well soon/may things get better" they are "başınız sağolsun" and "geçmiş olsun" respectively.
If anyone knows the respective Syrian-Arabic phrases, please share.
"amref flying doctors" & "medecins sans frontieres" -
Love and prayers from the Ukraine! ❤️🩹🙏🇺🇦
Our white helmets are helping you 🙌 🚑🚒🚜🏗..💙💛
There are organisations with very little overhead expenses, where a large portion of the donations helps people directly. One of these is Plan International. Their finances are very transparent, they support long-term as well as in acute cases trying to build up regions so one day they can support themselves. Not all charities work into their own pockets.
I have a sponsor child for a long time and also did voluntary translations for them, so I read a lot of their annual reports.
I read your comments. Thanks to all of you. By reading your writings, I feel much better. I'm so glad to have you.
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