Turkey-Syria earthquakes: How and where to donate

The horrific earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria over the last week continue to wreak havoc, with rescue teams and other assistants trying their utmost to salvage those still trapped under the rubble.

Beyond the initial impact of the earthquakes, hundreds of thousands of people have had their homes destroyed and communities have lost vital infrastructure.

Already, more than 25,000 people have lost their lives, a saddening figure which only continues to rise. On top of that, some seven million children are estimated to have been affected by the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes that hit south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria.

How can you help?

The international community has responded in generous fashion, with local and international charities providing much needed support for the victims in both countries, yet more help is needed.

Many in Europe are concerned about the devastation in the region, and so below we are providing links to two renowned charities that are assisting those on the ground to receive the help they need.

Where can you donate?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is on the ground with emergency items including tents, blankets, and hygiene items.

Money donated to the UNHCR provides protection, shelter and other forms of assistance, and advocacy on behalf of displaced and stateless people every year, and has 90 percent of its workforce based in field locations.

To donate via the UNHCR, you can follow this link.

Another charity worth donating to is Save the Children. In both countries, it is focusing on delivering temporary shelter and access to basic health and services as well as clean water.

Part of their mission is to help reunite unaccompanied children with their families or give them alternative care arrangements if needed, as well as provide emotional support to children.

To donate via Save the Children, you can follow this link.

The World Food Programme is helping reach children and families affected by this emergency, aiming to distribute 40,000 ready-to-eat rations to cover the needs of 200,000 people for one week, which will be followed by regular food rations.

To donate via the World Food Programme, you can follow this link.

AHBAP is an NGO that directed a large part of the civil support aid and coordination from day one of the earthquake crisis.

To donate via AHBAP , you can follow this link.

AKUT is entirely a voluntary, non-governmental organization involved in searching, assisting and rescuing all who require aid within its authority and means, in mountain or other nature-related accidents, natural disasters and all other emergency conditions by means of trained, disciplined, high-standard personnel and equipment, passing on knowledge to society with no political affiliation.

To donate via AKUT , you can follow this link.

Hasan Doğan Piker, better known as HasanAbi, is a Turkish-American Twitch streamer and left-wing political commentator.

To donate via HasanAbi, you can follow this link.

The Kurdish Red Moon was founded in 1993 in Bochum, Germany. Since then the charity, with its 190 volunteers spread across Germany, has grown with each day and become a beacon of hope for people in crisis.

To donate via the Kurdish Red Moon , you can follow this link.

It is also recommended to keep a look out for ways in which you can contribute directly with food, clothing and forms of assistance in and around the area you live.

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