Summary of Turkey and Syria Earthquake
Two magnitude earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing over 46,000 people and injuring thousands more. The death toll is rising and skyrocketing. According to the official reports, both countries confirmed injuries and additional damage to already damaged structures. The quake, which was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock, struck Turkey’s Hatay province and was felt as far away as Aleppo, Syria, and Egypt.
The violent shaking aggravates a humanitarian crisis that caused more than one million people to find refuge in temporary shelters because of the winter cold. In this situation, even if you donate little necessities, $1 USD will be helpful for the victim and will help with immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts in those two countries.
Challenges we may have to help the victim
Millions of people in southern Turkey and northern Syria, including a lot of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced families, are needed shelter, food, and water. Thousands of aftershocks are also continuing, which causes havoc to those two countries and trauma for survivors. We need to know that the attention and contributions to earthquake relief are not temporary, but long-term issues. Also, please also make sure that you know how to donate and what is needed to donate to the victim. If you want to be a volunteer, also make sure that you can do it and know the related knowledge.
What we should know to help the victim
Donate to Well-Known Organizations
Your first instinct may be to donate your money or some necessities to a charity when facing a humanitarian crisis. But please make sure that your contributions will reach those finally.
In the beginning, do not donate to any newly established organizations in case of potential scams. The right option is to give the money and necessities to charities or organizations with a proven track record.
However, when you are not sure about the legitimacy of a charity, you can research the charity on Charity Navigator. It will provide lists of verified charitable organizations and ratings for each one.
Charity Navigator analyses the direct influence of charities on the communities they serve in relation to their operating costs as part of their “Impact and Results” score. This is an especially significant metric to take into consideration when you want to donate because it shows how effectively your funds will be used.
Here are some high-rated charities you can find on Charity Navigator for earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syri:
- Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- Plan International Inc.
- Direct Relief
Beware of Fraudulent Charities
Some scam artists will often prey on people because of their goodwill during disasters, even worst, they will steal money and donations. As a result, you need to make sure of red flags before you donate money to the organization.
Avoid charities that do the following, according to United Way:
- Send correspondence that looks like bills.
- Cannot provide specifics on day-to-day operations.
- Financially pressure you
- Have only a social media presence
- Scammers often ask for donations in cash, gift cards, or wire transfers (it is safer to use credit cards or checks).
Here we have a method for you how to distinguish whether a charity is true. You can conduct an online search with the charity’s name and terms such as “complaint,” “fraud,” “scam,” and “review.”
Take Caution When Using Crowdfunding Campaigns
Crowdfunding is a great way for individuals who want to raise funds for the victim, also it can be used as a minefield for scammers.
Crowdfunding sites, for example, GoFundMe becomes viable lifelines for people when facing a crisis.
What upset us is there is no way to know whether the money will be used correctly according to the campaign claims. Many awful actors like gambling, vacations, or the purchase of new cars have lied about their personal situations in order to raise funds.
Donating to crowdfunding also does not guarantee that the recipient will receive your entire donation. The rules of various crowdfunding platforms vary, and some charge fees to receive and distribute donations.
Cash Is King in Emergencies
Of course, material goods such as water, canned food, and clothing are beneficial for the victim. Moreover, experts claim that monetary contributions are usually the best option in an emergency situation. Sometimes, because the disaster situation will change constantly, it will relieve organizations to quickly meet current demands for cash on hand.
While so many functioning markets will supply food and other necessities for the victim, providing people in an emergency situation will be more helpful in the aspect of circulating money through the local economy, supporting local businesses, and helping communities recover faster.
For the cash donation, Arylic also contributes its efforts to help the victim. On this page Support Turkey-Syria Earthquake, you will know how we proceed with the cash contribution. We will donate $1 USD of your every order to help the refugees in the Turkey-Syria Earthquake.
Relief Is Required Long After The Disaster
Because of the serve earthquake, those two countries not only need immediate help, but ongoing help in the coming months also will be important for them. From medical needs to rebuild homes and infrastructure, all of those need a long time to recover.
Including specially trained US firefighters, many other humanitarian organizations around the world are helping the disaster regions. However, they face a lot of formidable obstacles, such as downed bridges, damaged airports, and roadways.
There are 10 provinces designated as disaster zones and the Turkish President also declared a three-month state of emergency.
Recovery will last longer than media attention. For many months, volunteers will be needed for earthquake relief and your assistance is frequently needed for a long time after the disaster.
How the contribution will be used for
Your donations will be used to:
- Provide food, clean water, and medicine to survivors.
- Provide shelter and temporary housing for people who lost their houses.
- Provide survivors with psychosocial and mental health support.
- Contribute to economic relief efforts.
- Long-term recovery efforts should be supported.
- And so much more!
- Contact relief organizations to understand the situation.
- Launch an appeal for support to aid the earthquake victims.
- Scheme a donate plan to urge everyone to join us to help the victims
- Starting on February 2nd, 2023, and ending on February 21st, 2024.
- Donate $1 USD from every order made on our website
Then we also need to focus on donation transparency and impact reports. After you place an order on Arylic and donate $1 USD Dollar to Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief, we will send you an email informing you of the impact of your contribution. We commit to providing transparent reporting and will keep you updated.