How to Donate to Turkey Syria Earthquake Relief Funds in HK
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Where to Donate to Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Funds from Hong Kong

High magnitude earthquakes striking Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6 have killed more than 30,000 people, striking southern Turkey near the city of Gaziantep and in the nearby Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras province.

Approximately 40 aftershocks, including the one in Kahramanmaras have occurred since the first quake. With the death toll continuing to climb as rescue efforts intensify, millions of displaced refugees and injured persons are in desperate need for aid in the affected regions.

The best way to help Turkey and Syria is by donating to these Hong Kong-based and international organisations to best support those who are suffering in both nations to aid in humanitarian relief, providing medical services, supplies, food, water, or emergency housing.

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Turkish Red Crescent

The Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay International) is the largest humanitarian organisation in Turkey, having mobilized over 600 staff and 1,400 volunteers to assist in the relief efforts for survivors in Gaziantep and other affected provinces.

They support the injured and evacuated with food, tents, blankets, as well as blood from their national stock. Asides from hot meals, the Turkish Red Crescent provides psychological support to the affected.

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Red Cross HK

The ‘Turkye-Syria Earthquake 2023 – Emergency Appeal’ has been launched by the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) to support the on-going relief operations. Having immediately allocated HK$40,000 to purchase thermal blankets and other necessities for survivors, all additional donations will continue to support the relief, recovery, resilience, disaster preparedness and mitigation in the affected areas.

Working alongside the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Turkish Red Crescent societies, the HKRC is further discussing the next steps with the International Red Cross to support needs for shelter, livelihood, basic needs, sanitation, and health facilities.

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Save the Children

Coordinating closely with local partners including the Turkish Red Crescent and Support to Life, Save the Children will be helping those organisations in distributing tents, hygiene kits, clothing, heaters, blankets, and other essential items. In addition, Save the Children have deployed emergency health units to Turkey for life-saving care in emergencies.

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MSF Doctors Without Borders

As one of the world’s most famous humanitarian organisations, Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, has announced two personal losses from the organisation found under the rubble. Some staff members have also lost their loved ones and homes during this time.

MSF continues to donate emergency kits, trauma kits, medical supplies, and blankets across 30 hospitals and health facilities and Idlib and Aleppo governates. Mobile clinics for displaced peoples will continue to ramp up servicing and scale in the coming days. Ambulances, surgeons, and medical staff have been dispatched in northwestern Syria to assist hard-hit health care facilities.

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International Rescue Committee

More than 1,000 International Rescue Committee (IRC) staff have been working inside Syria to provide lifesaving support, with places to scale up responses to support affected communities in Turkey.

The IRC plans to launch an integrated response to support affected communities in both countries, including cash, essential items, household kits, dignity kits for women and girls, hygiene supplies, and essential health services in affected areas.

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World Vision Hong Kong

For years, World Vision has been providing help for displaced Syrian children and families in the earthquake affected areas. In assessing the needs and responding to the two countries, World Vision will prioritise providing help in water, sanitation, hygiene, health, shelter, and protection.

Heat and fuel supplies for warmth during the winter season is critical, according to their initial assessments, spelling out a need to restore heating and electricity in shelters and medical facilities.

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UNICEF Hong Kong

UNICEF is coordinating with the government and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency on the emerging needs linked to the wider humanitarian response. UNICEF’s emergency response approach focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection services, nutrition, and education.

UNICEF also works to protect unaccompanied children, and reuniting those who may have separated from their families during this time.

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For more information on reliable and trustworthy charities, visit charity watchdogs like Charity Register, Charity Navigator, and Charity Watch to vet international charity organisations. Researching and vetting charities to ensure that donations are being used in their entirety is equally important, so be sure to conduct due diligence when donating, as every dollar counts!

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