The earthquake caused widespread devastation, including building collapses, blocked roads, and people fatally trapped under rubble. The disaster caused significant damage to infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and buildings, and left many public facilities, such as hospitals and schools, severely damaged or destroyed. The earthquake has claimed over 55,000 lives and left 107,000 injured, with millions of people displaced. Until today, the remains of many victims are being discovered under the country’s destruction.
Immediately after the earthquake struck, WF-AID actively commenced with Phase 1 of our relief, providing emergency relief in Turkey and Syria.
In Turkey, WF-AID facilitated the distribution of 3,000 food packs, benefiting 13,000 individuals. Additionally, 14,200 water bottles reached 66,800 beneficiaries, and 810 milk cartons helped 3,240 people. Breakfast items were provided to 2,800 beneficiaries, and 300 heavy blankets and warm clothing were distributed to those in need. WF-AID also facilitated the hiring of an ambulance to ensure medical aid was readily available in the earthquake-stricken area. Moreover, financial assistance was provided to 30 Imams and community members to assist them during this emergency.
In Syria, WF-AID distributed 2,200 food packs, reaching 8,800 people in need. Furthermore, 24,500 bread baskets were provided, benefiting 98,000 beneficiaries.
These efforts from WF-AID and our generous donors have been critical in alleviating the suffering caused by the earthquake in both Turkey and Syria, ensuring that essential supplies and support reach those affected.
In September 2023, a delegation from The World Federation visited the zones close to the Turkish and Syrian border (Hatay, Samandag) that were impacted by the earthquake. This included The WF Vice President – Dr Munir Datoo, WF-AID Operations Manager – Sr. Zeinab Kermashe, and The WF Compliance & Risk Manager, Sr. Malika Alibhai. WF-AID is working on ‘Phase 2’ of our response to the families impacted by the earthquake. The aim will be to provide more sustainable relief to these families and support them when media attention has shifted, and other aid relief has discontinued in the region.
Families are receiving sustainable housing containers that will not only protect them from the winter chill but also ensure they have access to essential safety, privacy and shelter.
As we conclude the reporting of the Syria and Turkey Earthquake Emergency, it is imperative for us to shift our focus to another pressing crisis that demands our immediate attention: the ongoing Gaza Emergency.
Now, more than ever, we need to stand united in the face of adversity. Your generosity can make a significant difference in providing immediate aid, essential resources, and hope to those in need. No contribution is too small, and every act of kindness makes a difference.
Let us join hands and extend our help by donating as generously as possible to the appeal. Together, we can make a significant impact, offering solace and support to the affected families and children.