Earthquake in Turkey: Where can I donate?

by Galen Leather February 08, 2023 1 Comment

Earthquake in Turkey: Where can I donate?

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.

Where can I donate?

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.”
Donations can be sent through their website as well. The organization has also created and will update a list of community centers and businesses that have opened their doors to those seeking refuge.


AKUT - Leader in Search and Rescue

AKUT is described as the number one search and rescue organization in Turkey.
The organization was founded in 1994, and in 2011 AKUT became the first Turkish member of the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group.
Those outside of Turkey can send donations through AKUT’s website.


Union of Medicare Care and Relief Organizations

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.
Donations to the UOSSM in US Dollars can be made through their website.


Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay)

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.


Canada Red Crescent

The Red Cross Red Crescent is working to deliver emergency relief and to get help to those impacted by the earthquakes as quickly as possible.



Oxfam is a global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.
At this moment, Oxfam is ensuring all staff in the area are safe and assessing the humanitarian need in the immediate aftermath and will mount a response to save lives.


Caritas Wir helfen



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Galen Leather
Galen Leather


1 Response

Sally Baur
Sally Baur

February 25, 2023

I just donated to AKUT. Prayers for the people of Turkey from the US.

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