Here are ways you can help international relief efforts in Turkey and Syria.

A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck a region near the Turkey-Syria border on Monday, killing more than 4,000 people and injuring thousands more.

Authorities fear the death toll will continue to rise as rescuers search for survivors.

How can you get involved? Here is a list of organizations Canadians can donate to to help relief efforts in the area.

International Rescue Committee

He International Rescue Committee is an organization focused on helping those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by conflict and disaster, according to its website.

The IRC said that, in 2021, it reached 31.5 million people in various countries that have been affected by crises. The agency has implemented an emergency response to help families in Turkey and Syria.

Individuals making a monthly donation for the first time will have their donation matched by the organization.

Oxfam Canada Humanitarian Coalition

Oxfam Canada has established a release funds for the region

Meryem Aslan, spokesperson for Oxfam International in Ankara, said the organization “is gathering urgent information to assess the extent of the devastation and what people most urgently need.”

Oxfam and its partners typically provide protection, water and sanitation, shelter and food support, Aslan said.

Turkish Red Crescent

The Turkish Red Crescent is seeking donations to support their efforts with food, shelter, and more. The Turkish Red Crescent was established in 1868 and provides aid to those who are “needy and defenseless” in disasters, according to your website.

Donations of 15 Turkish Lira (approximately $1) can also be made by texting the word “EARTHQUAKE” to 2868.


The humanitarian organization Care has launched a Turkey-Syria Earthquake Fund.

according to their websiteCare works to “save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice”.

The organization said it worked in more than 100 countries in 2020 and reached more than 90 million people through 1,300 projects.

Care is seeking donations for emergency relief, including food, shelter, hygiene kits, cold weather supplies, and cash assistance.

IHH Humanitarian Foundation

The HHI is a humanitarian organization which, since 1992, provides aid to people in need. according to their websiteafter becoming an official organization in 1995, it spanned five continents.

The IHH says it will deliver water, food and emergency supplies to the region.

The organization will also distribute food prepared at a soup kitchen to 100,000 people every day. His mobile soup kitchen is also on its way to the area.

Doctors without borders

After the earthquake, Doctors without borders provided support to the 23 health facilities in Idlib and Allepo.

“We are currently assessing the situation and needs in Idlib, northern Aleppo and southern Turkey to scale up our response accordingly as the number of dead and injured increases by the hour,” the organization said in a statement. statement.

Doctors Without Borders is a Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian emergency medical organization. according to their websitethe organization has helped tens of millions of people since its founding in 1971.

save the children

save the childrenan organization that promotes children’s rights around the world, has teams on the ground in the affected regions to assist in the response.

“Children will need urgent support to access food, shelter and warm clothing,” the organization’s Children’s Emergency Fund form reads.

According to its website, The Children’s Emergency Fund enables rapid response to crises around the world.

Nearly 90 percent of donations made to Save the Children are used to benefit children along with their communities.

Islamic Relief of Canada

Islamic Relief Canada is seeking donations to help the efforts in Turkey and Syria.

according to their Turkiye Syria earthquake appeal$130 can provide a cash grant for a family to buy basic items, $150 can provide a food package for a displaced family, and $275 can provide emergency shelter for two families.

Islamic Relief says it “works with communities to build their resilience to calamities, and we provide vital emergency aid when disasters strike.”

The organization says its goal is to be “first on the ground” when there are emergencies.

hope project

Project Hope is an organization that provides support to people involved in crises and disasters. You have created a earthquake response for relief efforts in Turkey and Syria.

The organization provides medical supplies and aid to Turkey and Syria.

hope project says which for 60 years has “worked on the front lines of the world’s health challenges, collaborating hand-in-hand with communities, health workers and public health systems to ensure sustainable change”.

It works in five main areas: “disasters and health crises; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; maternal, newborn and child health; and health policy.

With files from The Associated Press


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