How the international community can help Turkey and Syria

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit that hit Turkey and Syria this week has been utterly tragic, and had a devastating impact on both countries, killing at least 28,000 people and causing widespread destruction, leaving many people homeless and in need of aid. In response to the disaster, aid organizations are working to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the earthquake.

There are many ways that people can help to support the rescue efforts and provide aid to those in need. Here we list some of the ways that individuals can donate to help the people of Turkey and Syria try as they try to recover from this catastrophic earthquake.

From the UK

Disaster Emergency Committee
British Red Cross:
Save the Children

From the US

American Red Cross


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Organisations active in Turkey


Organisations active in Syria

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
Syrian Red Crescent
The White Helmets

Other global organisations

Plan International


Sadly there are fraudulent organisations and scammers out there – please don’t get caught out and make sure that, wherever you choose to donate, that it is to a reputable organisation. If you’re not sure about who you are donating to, make sure you do some due diligence so that you can ensure your money is going to a place where it will make a true difference. The following links may help with this research:

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Charity Navigator
The Charity Register (UK)

Comments (4)

  1. Chris H says:

    A very timely reminder of how help is urgently needed and how to give it.

  2. Rose Davies says:

    It’s appalling that scammers steal donations and stop them reaching people in desperate need of help. You’re right to warn people to be careful.

  3. Dick says:

    Many of us still remember how many millions were given to charity after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Let’s hope that people are as generous after this disaster.

  4. Lynne Gardner says:

    The thing is that we must give NOW. Donations are urgently required to stop more lives being lost.

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