A series of devastating earthquakes hit southern Turkey and north-west Syria killing over 50,000 people and injuring many more.
Thank you to everyone who has fundraised and donated to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal. The total raised so far is standing at over £2.3 million!
Your donations are making a very real difference to survivors and those impacted by the earthquake.
Christian Aid’s work with local partners continue to provide winter kits to people seeking shelter. These kits include plastic sheeting, mattresses, blankets, and heating materials.
What's been happening in Turkey and Syria?
These have been reported as the most powerful recorded earthquake to hit Turkey in more than 20 years.
At least 6,000 people are known to have been killed in Syria, with 7,400 building destroyed or badly damaged. This has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
Our partners report that freezing rain led many in Northwest Syria to return to partially destroyed buildings to cover from harsh winter storms as aftershocks began to hit. Many other are gathering in collective shelters, mosques and other "safe" areas.
Access to clean water is also a challenge, bringing the risk of cholera –which is already present in Northwest Syria – and other diseases.
How has Christian Aid been responding?
DEC charities and their local partners are among the first responders, working with locally-led relief efforts in Turkey and Syria, with a focus in areas in Syria.
As we work with partners to increase the scale of our operations, we have been training new staff to respond to local needs.
Following the immediate priorities of search and rescue, the relief effort has now moved into a new phase and Christian Aid and our partners are now focussed on providing shelter, medical treatment for the injured, heaters for spaces and winter kits with blankets, and warm clothes, and ensuring people have food and clean water.
Christian aid partners are distributing protection kits to support people through the winter – 665 of these kits have been delivered so far and temporary shelter, food parcels and heating materials. This includes protection for children, mental health support and cash for local communities.
Thank you for standing together with us at such a time. Together, we continue to stand in solidarity and send our prayers to the people of Turkey and Syria. If there is any more that you can give, please do.