Coastal Turkey and Greece Earthquake Relief Fund

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Coastal Turkey and Greece Earthquake Relief Fund

Project Report | Jan 12, 2021
Your donations at work in Turkey and Greece

By Donna Callejon | Director of Disaster Recovery Network

Photo courtesy of ASAM
Photo courtesy of ASAM

On October 30th, 2020, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey and Greece. In Turkey, 117 people were killed and 15,000 displaced, with widespread damage occurring primarily in Izmir. The Greek island of Samos - home to many migrants and asylum seekers - was also impacted. There were more than 25 aftershocks felt across the region. 

Thanks to youand donors who gave to two crisis response activations on Facebookthe GlobalGiving community was able to support three organizations responding to the earthquake in both Turkey and Greece:

  • Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) provided a critical service in Izmir immediately after the earthquake - assessing needs among those affected, identifying more than 5,000 damaged homes, and assisting three dozen families in accessing temporary shelter.  In addition, ASAM is providing critical emotional support - during the 40 days post-earthquake, ASAM staff reached 62,074 individuals in 10,437 households via 4,585 house visits and 5,851 phone calls.
  • Action for Education, a Samos-based organization, is working with refugees, mobilized to support those impacted by the earthquake. Ten families awaiting asylum status were provided temporary housing after their houses were damaged, and around 200 food and hygiene packs were distributed to families and young adults impacted by the quake.   
  • Aksi Cepat Tannap (ACT Foundation), a long-standing partner of GlobalGiving, has received funding from a number of our disaster response activations.  ACT Foundation distributed hot meals, hygiene supplies, blankets, and more to survivors in Izmir.

This fund will be closed this month, as all of your contributions have been sent to those in need. Thank you again - your generous support made this work possible. 

With Gratitude, 

Donna Callejon + the GlobalGiving Team

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EIN: 30-0108263

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