Thank you again for your continuous support to the Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund. We are committed to keeping you informed on how your generous donations have helped in the recovery effort for the Turkish people. The Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund assists the victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Turkey on October 23, 2011.
This fund has been a catalyst to provide enormous short term relief efforts immediately following the earthquake, thanks to your donations! With the one- year anniversary of the earthquake approaching, our partners on the ground have shifted focus to long-term building.
Your donation has helped organizations like Turkish Philanthropy Funds, which have split their relief efforts into three phases: relief efforts, reconstruction phase, and rehabilitation/rebuilding phase. The relief phase provided $149,972 to assist in speedy aid for victims following the earthquake. The reconstruction phase gave $101,600 to help with long term infrastructure in the Van community. The rehabilitation phase, which has granted $141,918 so far, has focused on long-term rebuilding.
Ten organizations were supported by Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Two reconstruction and rehabilitation grants given to TEV and MAG Vakfi are described below:
- TEV, the Turkish Education Foundation, gives assistance to promising students who lack funds to attend school. Their “Moneybox for Van” campaign consisted of building a student dorm and apartments for teachers. TEV is also beginning to provide scholarships for students.
- MAG Vakfi, the Neighborhood Disaster Volunteers Foundation, was able to train 15 people on how to respond to earthquakes in vulnerable areas such as Van with minimum risk. MAG Vakfi states that Van is not only geographically unstable, but the original construction of the buildings in the city was a recipe for disaster. They hope to provide disaster awareness where the risk of human life is especially high, such as in cities like Van.
October 23, 2012 is the first anniversary of Turkey’s earthquake in Van. The people of Van are still working to rebuild their city, and their community is still in a vulnerable position. Thank you for your generous donations to the Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund!