Consolidated Appeal Türkiye & Northern Syria
Aid workers sort through the rubble following the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. Photo: ADRA
last updated: 14/02/2023
Devastating earthquakes that struck Türkiye and Syria within the space of 12 hours this week have caused untold damage and loss of life. Many thousands of people have perished and many more are injured. There are reports that hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless with more than 11,000 buildings known to have collapsed.
The epicentre of the first quake, which measured 7.8, was in Gaziantep province, about 30 kilometres from the capital city of Gaziantep, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, and about 50 kilometres from the border of northwestern Syria.
The need is particularly complex as the region is in the grips of severe winter weather that has covered roads in ice and snow. Hospitals have also been damaged, and are overwhelmed with casualties.
There is an urgent need for humanitarian intervention. Aid and development groups will be critical to providing urgent support for affected people, including shelter, transportation, healthcare and food. ACFID members are already mobilising and organising their responses.
Please find out more about the valuable efforts of our members and how you can contribute to their responses below.
We will continue to update this page with additional members appeals as they are launched.
You can be assured that your support to any member listed below will meet identified needs on the ground. The standards by which ACFID members make appeals for donations are set by ACFID’s Code of Conduct. This includes a responsibility to provide clear information to their donors on the emergency and the work they are doing with affected communities.
All ACFID member appeals below have been checked and meet Code of Conduct requirements.
Emergency Action Alliance charities and their local partners are in Syria and Türkiye and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance.
The Emergency Action Alliance (EAA) brings together 15 Australian not-for-profit organisations working in humanitarian response and preparedness, all of whom are ACFID members.
Through collaboration, partnership and recognising the unique strengths of each organisation, EAA can distribute donations quickly, at times when the rapid allocation of unrestricted funds to affected areas is critical for effective responses.
Other ACFID members responding
Anglicans in Development (AID)
AID will contribute to the earthquake response by members of Churches Together (ACT) Alliance working in Turkey and Syria. ACT Alliance’s response will provide food, blankets and mattresses, and medical aid in affected communities as well as winterization materials, ambulances, and other needed supplies as the extent of the need is known.
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Australia
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Australia are working with Christian partners in Aleppo, Syria and Malatya, Adıyaman and Antakya, Türkiye to provide emergency relief including shelter, food, medicine, hygiene products, heating, bedding and clothing.
Your donation will fund emergency relief to go to those who are injured, and reeling from the loss of loved ones, their homes and livelihoods. Funds will also be used to help longer term recovery.
Australian Red Cross
Donations to the Türkiye-Syria Earthquakes Appeal will help provide immediate and longer-term relief to communities affected by the earthquakes.
This will enable Red Cross and Red Crescent partners to address the immediate and longer-term humanitarian impacts of the earthquakes. This support may include:
- Emergency relief assistance such as search and rescue and first aid services, health, shelter and non-food items.
- Specialist aid workers to assist local teams to respond to the crisis.
- Helping people to restore contact with family members separated by the earthquakes by offering services to maintain family links and locate missing family members.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the operation.
Global Mission Partners
Due to the harsh weather conditions, winterization has been identified as a major need with kits such as blankets, heating, tools, and mattresses required as churches and mosques are hosting the displaced.
Food, especially hot meals are needed for those who lost their homes as well as hygiene kits.
Support in rehabilitation will also be required after the initial response phase.
Thousands are reported to have been killed by the huge earthquake that hit Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria. Thousands of homes are likely to have been destroyed, displacing families and exposing them to the elements at a time of year when temperatures regularly drop below freezing.
In Türkiye and Syria, where humanitarian need is greatest, we are rapidly mobilising supplies and services to support the urgent needs of children and families. In Syria this includes ensuring access to safe water, and distributing emergency medical and nutrition supplies. In Türkiye support includes hygiene kits and winter supplies such as blankets and clothes.
World Vision Australia
Your support means life-saving aid for earthquake survivors in Türkiye and Syria. Our teams on the ground are distributing heaters and fuel to emergency shelters to help keep survivors warm amidst freezing winter temperatures.
With your help, we aim to raise US$25 million globally to provide the most vulnerable children and families with clean water and hygiene supplies, shelter and heating, ready-to-eat food and child protection services. Please help children affected by the Türkiye Syria earthquake.
Australians understand the impacts of natural disaster and are incredibly compassionate and generous. Unfortunately, if we are not smart in how we do that, we can actually cause more problems for the Turkish and Syrian people.
Unrequested goods such as food, clothing and medicines sent to countries experiencing crises consistently end up in landfill. Unrequested goods block valuable space at ports and airports and can prevent vital aid getting through. Cash is fast, flexible, and is used to meet the immediate and changing needs of those affected.
With cash donations goods can be sourced and purchased locally. This supports local businesses, keeps people in jobs, and stimulates the local economy.
If you want your donation to have a long-lasting impact, consider donating cash.
Find out more about how to donate responsibly at: donateresponsibly.org.