Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

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Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

Project Report | Feb 5, 2024
An update on your donation to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

By Victoria Mendez | Disaster Response Senior Associate


Thank you for your generous donation to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund. As we mark one year since the devastating earthquakes across southern Turkey and northern Syria, support from the global community—from people like you—has fueled progress and brought hope to places where it seemed lost.

GlobalGiving’s trusted network of vetted nonprofit partners in the region remain on the front lines of response. Their daily work is a testament to the immense scale of need unleashed by the earthquakes: more than 55,000 lives lost, hundreds of thousands injured, and almost 6 million people displaced. 

In Turkey, the earthquakes left more than 1.5 million people homeless, with many communities still residing in container homes and makeshift shelters. In Syria, the earthquakes exacerbated the vulnerabilities of people already caught in the crossfire of a 12-year-long civil war and an economic crisis, leaving hundreds of thousands of people living in tents and grappling with hunger as rising food prices and dwindling incomes make it increasingly difficult to meet even the most basic needs.

Over the past year, GlobalGiving has awarded 55 grants from this fund to 41 organizations in our vetted nonprofit community. These trusted partners are based in and working across the most impacted areas of Turkey and Syria. They have shown extraordinary dedication to rebuilding their communities, working tirelessly to advance recovery efforts amidst the most challenging conditions. 

Here is a glimpse of the critical work you've supported through your generosity:  

  • Center For Civil Society And Democracy In Syria (CCSD) (CCSD) is a refugee-led organization that has provided critical support to nearly 20 grassroots organizations in Turkey and 18 in northwestern Syria, helping more than 30,000 individuals and 7,000 families receive emergency aid and mental health services. Currently, CCSD provides gender-sensitive programs and social cohesion projects serving internally displaced persons, refugees, and local communities, and provides micro-grants to Syrian grassroots organizations for recovery efforts.
  • Guardians of Equality Movement (GEM) operates in regions where safety and equitable access to resources are lacking for the LGBTQIA+ community. Following the earthquakes, GEM has played a critical role in getting funding and technical support to local LGBTQIA+ organizations in Turkey and Syria related to emergency management tools and addressing hate attacks against LGBTQIA+ individuals already dealing with the effects of the earthquakes. 
  • Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is one of the leading organizations on the ground in northwest Syria. It has a network of 40 medical facilities, including hospitals and mobile clinics. The organization has served tens of thousands of earthquake survivors with emergency medical care, addressing severe fractures, head trauma, and organ damage. Despite challenges, including damage to several of its own medical centers, SAMS continues to provide specialized health care to earthquake survivors, including ongoing medical care, long-term physical therapy, rehabilitation, prosthetics, dialysis, and mental health services. It is launching a special child protection initiative, training doctors, nurses, midwives, and medical students, dispatching mobile medical clinics to displacement camps, deploying highly specialized medical missions, and working with partners to deliver critical winter aid to displaced families and children.
  • Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) is providing critical psychological and academic support to children, parents, and teachers in earthquake-affected areas across Turkey. Survivors face severe psychological stress due to injuries, persistent fear of aftershocks, and emotional trauma from witnessing destruction and loss. TEGV's primary goal is to alleviate deepening mental health issues resulting from earthquake trauma, providing vital support to foster resilience in affected communities.

GlobalGiving is committed to supporting the long-term recovery efforts in Turkey and Syria, working closely with local nonprofit partners to provide relief and help rebuild lives. We will continue to manage this fund and support our partners in the months and years ahead. 

As we reflect on the impacts of the earthquakes at this one-year milestone, let us renew our commitment to solidarity with the people of Turkey and Syria by contributing to their journey of recovery.

With immense gratitude, 

Victoria + the GlobalGiving Team


Nonprofit Partners Support by the Fund to date: 

  • AÇEV - Anne Çocuk Egitim Vakf (Mother Child Education Foundation)
  • Adeso (in support of the Network for Empowered Aid Response)
  • Alawite Islamic Charity Association
  • Association for Social Development and Aid Mobilization (ASAM)
  • Basmeh & Zeitooneh
  • Bridge to Türkiye Fund
  • Bünyan Gençlik ve Kalknma Dernegi
  • Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association in Support of Contemporary Living)
  • Center For Civil Society And Democracy In Syria
  • Crete for Life
  • Direct Relief
  • Dünya Doktorlar Dernegi
  • Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV)
  • GiveDirectly
  • Guardians of Equality Movement
  • Ihtiyac Haritasi
  • International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation (IBC)
  • International Medical Corps
  • Jafra Foundation for Relief and Youth Development
  • Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi
  • LOSEV Foundation for Children with Leukemia
  • Masarat Initiative
  • Mavi Kalem Association
  • Mother Child Education Foundation
  • NuDay
  • Rengarenk Umutlar Dernegi (RUMUD)
  • Street Child
  • Support to Life (STL) Hayata Destek Dernegi
  • Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
  • Syrian Networks League
  • The HALO Trust
  • Turk Egitim Vakfi (TEV)
  • Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
  • War Child Holland
  • Yeryüzü Çocuklar
Photo: Masarat Initiative
Photo: Masarat Initiative
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Aug 6, 2023
An update on your donation to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response

Feb 17, 2023
An update on your donation to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response

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