On February 6, 2023, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale struck along the border of Syria and Turkey. Monday February 20, the region was hit by another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 just a couple of weeks after the previous earthquake. This has left more than 1,000,0000 people without a home and has claimed the lives of nearly 46,000 people. The strength of the most recent earthquake was so substantial that it was felt in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, and Egypt. The devastation the initial earthquake and its aftershocks have caused is immeasurable. If you would like to help those affected by this tragedy, please continue reading. We have curated a list of organizations you might consider donating to.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), strives to provide emergency medical assistance to people in crisis. They have teams in more than 70 countries. A large majority of their funding comes from individual donors. MSF does not accept government funding, which is why it is so important they receive support from the general public. Donate to MSF today.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The IFRC is perhaps one of the best known organizations on this list. They are the largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, which has given them a reach of 150,000,000 people each year through their 192 member National Societies. Their goal is to act before, during, and after disasters and health crises. Donate to IFRC today.
Americares provides assistance to communities experiencing disasters. They provide medical aid to millions of people globally. They have provided relief to communities who have experienced natural disasters or man-made disasters as well as disease outbreaks. Donate to Americares today.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)
CDP provides direct financial support where it is most needed. They also offer expert advice from professionals who experience planning for disasters. In addition, they also offer education resources to donors, so they know how to make the most impact with their contributions. Donate to CDP today.
This crisis in Turkey and Syria is devastating, and every little bit helps. Our thoughts are with the people affected by this tragedy. The Zemplee Team wishes them all a speedy recovery.