Our £2,000 charity donation this month went to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal – an incredibly important cause that is working to save lives.
Throughout February, a series of deadly earthquakes measuring up to 7.8 magnitude have struck southern Turkey (Türkiye) and north-west Syria, killing over 44,000 people and leaving millions in desperate need of urgent aid.
The earthquake caused more than 54,000 buildings to be destroyed, including schools and hospitals, and tens of thousands of people have been left without shelter in freezing conditions. It’s estimated that there are over 18 million people in the affected areas, and many of them are in urgent need of food, shelter and medical aid.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) brings together 15 leading UK aid charities, who each specialise in different areas of disaster response, pooling their resources to work as a team. They aim to raise funds quickly so they can respond to crises overseas immediately, providing an effective humanitarian response to save, protect and rebuild lives.
The DEC charities and their local partners were some of the first responders to the Turkey-Syria earthquake crisis, providing urgent aid and ensuring those in need have access to medical treatment, safe shelter, warmth, food and clean water.
The donations being given by the UK public allow the DEC to scale up their humanitarian response and deliver lifesaving aid to a larger reach of people, both now and in the months ahead.
If you’d like to see more about the appeal and how you can make a potentially lifesaving donation, please take a look at the Disasters Emergency Committee’s website.