Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

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Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

Project Report | Feb 10, 2023
An update on your donation to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund

By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response

Photo: The HALO Trust
Photo: The HALO Trust

Thank you—we cannot express enough gratitude for your generous and swift support of the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund. Your donation is already aiding the emergency work of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners. GlobalGiving is making emergency grants today to 10 vetted partners advancing life-saving work on the front lines of earthquake response.

The situation remains dire. More than 22,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands have been left homeless following the earthquakes. Tragically, the death toll is sure to rise as search and rescue efforts pass critical time thresholds related to survival. Freezing temperatures are complicating relief efforts and threatening survivors. 

In Turkey (officially known as Türkiye), communities in 10 provinces have been significantly affected. In hard-hit cities, like Gaziantep, refugee families are finding themselves displaced once again. In Syria, the earthquakes are adding to the devastating effects of more than 12 years of civil war and other challenges, including an ongoing cholera outbreak.

Amid this extensive tragedy, vetted GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are bringing hope. Here is a snapshot of some of the work your donation is already supporting:

  • Support to Life - Hayata Destek Dernegi is a Turkish organization with more than 15 years of humanitarian response experience. It has more than 100 specialized staff members providing emergency aid in Hatay, Adana, Diyarbakir, and Sanliurfa—some of the most severely affected areas in Turkey. This aid includes food, safe drinking water, winterized family-size tents, blankets, hygiene kits, and mattresses. 
  • SEMA Insani ve Tibbi Yardim Dernegi, a registered organization in Turkey led by expatriate Syrian doctors and medical staff, is providing critical medical care to communities in northern Syria. After more than 12 years of civil war in Syria, the earthquakes are yet another terrible shock for communities in need there. With hospitals and other health facilities damaged, many are left without access to medical care in the face of freezing temperatures. SEMA is building on its long-term track record of working in northern Syria to provide critical relief items, including warm clothes.

The need remains enormous for impacted communities across southern Turkey and northern Syria. We will share more updates with you via email as our partners continue to advance community-led disaster relief and recovery. You can find a full list of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners that have received grants from the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund at the end of this report.

Our partners will remain hard at work during this tragic time—and so will we. Thank you again for your support. It will continue to make a difference for the people of Turkey and Syria in the critical days, weeks, and months to come. We look forward to updating you again soon on the ongoing impact of your gift.

With immense gratitude,

Chase + the GlobalGiving Team


Nonprofit Partners Receiving Emergency Grants

Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM)

Crete For Life

Ihtiyaç Haritasi

International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation (IBC)

International Medical Corps

Mavi Kalem Association


SEMA Insani ve Tibbi Yardim Dernegi

Support to Life - Hayata Destek Dernegi

The HALO Trust

Photo: ASAM
Photo: ASAM
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About GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response

When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.

We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.

They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.

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