The consequences of the unprecedented 7.8 earthquakes that devastated eastern Turkey and western Syria cannot be understated.Since Sunday night, thousands have been confirmed dead, and many on the ground expect the figure to rise as bodies are pulled from the mountains of rubble left behind by the disaster.
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This guide lists all safe and confirmed organizations accepting donations.
AHBAP - Cooperative Network
AHBAP is a Turkish organization that describes itself as a “cooperation movement that works with value systems based on solidarity, sharing, and belonging.”
The network provides “all kinds of aid” to those in need, including cash transfers and in-kind support. Through their support, they seek “to create contemporary and sustainable networks of cooperation and solidarity” that uses new models that ensure they “protect local cultures.”
The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) was established in 2012 to coordinate better the actions of “humanitarian, non-governmental, and medical organizations from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Turkey.”
The Union has also been quick to begin targeting relief for victims of this catastrophic earthquake.
The Turkish Red Crescent has more than 240 staff and hundreds of volunteers in the disaster region providing mobile kitchen and catering services to the region, according to a press release. They are also sending over tents, blankets and beds.
The organization is asking people to donate blood as they continue to ship blood from their existing supplies throughout the day. The Red Crescent provided their bank details for donations in a tweet, but you can also donate here.