Just days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, the death toll has climbed to more than 20,500 and cities have endured catastrophic damage that has left most of the structures in ruins.
The scope of the disaster has compelled many people to act, especially as frigid temperatures, destroyed infrastructure, and severely limited shelter all threaten a second disaster.
We’ve compiled a list of trustworthy, dependable agencies who are responding to the crisis. Those who are able to help can feel assured that the organizations listed will provide meaningful relief efforts in this tragic crisis.
Save the Children: determining the type of aid needed most; providing communities with emergency kits amid harsh winter weather.
Syrian American Medical Society: working on front lines to administer emergency medical care.
International Rescue Committee: providing search and rescue in Syria, with a longstanding mission to help the already vulnerable population in that country.
Oxfam: providing life-saving support to those who need it.
UNICEF: providing critical support and emergency relief to children impacted in Syria and Turkey.
The IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies): providing search, relief and emergency medical care in Turkey and Syria.
Turkish Red Crescent: Part of International red Cross and Red Crescent movement, a global network of disaster relief agencies. Working to provide relief and aid efforts. (click for bank details)
International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation: distributing tents, heaters, blankets, thermal clothes, ready-to-eat meals, first-aid kits
The White Helmets: providing search and rescue in Syria.
GlobalGiving: supporting recovery efforts in Turkey and Syria.
Team Rubicon: U.S. veterans providing medical and disaster assistance.