At least 46,000 people died and thousands more were hurt when two strong earthquakes hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early on Monday, February 6.
In the past 12 hours, two earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.8 and 7.7 on the Richter scale hit both sides of the border. This caused thousands of buildings, hospitals, and schools to collapse, and strong aftershocks continued to hit the area.
Rescue workers and people from the area are now desperately looking through the city's ruins for people who might still be alive under the rubble.
We've put together a list of domestic, international and local NGOs that are providing emergency aid to people on the ground. We've also listed a few ways you can help that don't involve money.
AFAD Turkey – Disaster and Emergency Management
To donate, Turks and foreigners in Turkey can text "DEPREM" (20 TL) to 1866 or use the following bank account numbers.
Donate Money to Global Relief Agencies
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
MSF is an international, independent organization that helps people get medical help after disasters like the Syria-Turkey earthquake.
On the ground, they are treating patients in the hospitals they are helping, and their teams have given emergency medical kits to other facilities in the area. Find out more and donate right now.
Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
SAMS is a worldwide organization that helps people in times of crisis by providing medical aid. They are giving injured people at hospitals like Bab Al Hawa urgent medical care. Donate right now.
Union of Medical Relief and Care Organizations (UOSSM)
The UOSSM, which helps Syrians with emergency medical care and health services, asked for help right away on Monday morning. Donate now!
Save the Children
Save the Children is working closely with partner organizations in North West Syria to figure out how bad the damage is and what kind of help children need as the situation becomes clearer.
In Turkey, they are trying to figure out what needs to be done and have set up a response team that will help with the national emergency response in the whole region, working closely with the government and other key players. Teams from Save the Children on the ground plan to help affected communities by giving them winterization and emergency kits with things like blankets and winter clothes. They are asking people to give money to their Emergency Fund for Children.
CARE International is figuring out what the most urgent needs are so it can help with the emergency response. Donate now.
In response to the earthquakes, the global health and humanitarian aid group Project HOPE has sent out emergency response teams. Donate now.
In Aleppo, UNICEF is looking at the situation across the governorate with their partners and facilitators. This includes areas that are hard to get to and are not controlled by the government.
First, the focus is on water (looking at how it affects the main water stations and if services are interrupted or damaged, and getting water to those who have been moved), child protection (looking at how many children are separated or alone), nutrition, and education (assessing the damages in schools and whether schools are being used as shelter). Donate now.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps has already put together a response, sending mobile medical teams to Syria to help people in the area who were hurt by the earthquake. Donate now.
Oxfam KEDV, Oxfam's branch in Turkey, has partnerships with about 80 women's cooperatives in the 10 Turkish provinces that were hit the hardest by the earthquake. Oxfam is currently working with these women's cooperatives to figure out how to respond to the scale of the destruction. Donate now.
Donate to Turkish and Syrian Humanitarian Organizations
The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is a Turkish NGO that helps people in places where there is war, hunger, or other problems. They are making emergency food packs for the people who are in trouble. Donate now.
The White Helmets
The White Helmets are a group of volunteers from all over Syria who help with the emergency response. Give as much as you can to help them save lives.
NuDay is a non-profit organization that works to get women and children affected by humanitarian crises around the world help that is respectful and gives them power. Their team is already on the ground, giving emergency help. Donate now through GlobalGiving, which is one of Global Citizen's partners, to help them get life-saving help to women and children in need.
Ahbap is a Turkish NGO that works to help people in all kinds of ways. This is where you can give them money. Donate now.
The AKUT Search and Rescue Association is an NGO in Turkey that helps with search and rescue after a disaster. It was started by seven of Turkey's best outdoor athletes as a grass-roots group in 1995. They are there to help pull people out of the wreckage. Donate now.
Make a Contribution to Global Financial Institutions and Organizations
Binance Charity has also launched a public donation address for anyone to donate. For everything we receive on this address, we will convert to TRY and give it to an authorized NGO to help people in need. Donations to the Emergency Earthquake Appeal will be accepted in BTC, ETH, BNB, BUSD, XRP.
In January 2023, there were only 35,000 units of blood left in Turkey, which is below the minimum level of 50,000 units. If you live in Turkey, you might want to think about giving blood through the Turkish Red Crescent. Find a place near you where you can give.
Make an appointment by visiting this link and entering your Kimlik number and full name as it appears on your Yabanci YKN card in all CAPITAL LETTERS.
Let People Know Where to Find Safety
People who had to leave their homes because of the earthquake can find places to stay on a map that is constantly being updated. This map shows the institutions and businesses that have helped people who had to leave their homes because of the earthquake. Share the map.
If you can't give money right now but still want to help, consider sharing this article with friends, family, or on your social media accounts. It could end up in front of someone who can give money to the relief effort.