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Aid groups build plywood homes for Turkey’s quake survivors

Amidst a series of earthquakes that have taken place in Turkey, aid groups including Christian relief organizations like CBN’s Operation Blessing, are continuing to offer help and support to those impacted by the earthquakes. Non-profit organizations and the Turkish government have put up tents in some cities to provide temporary housing for people who have lost their homes. Other relief organizations like Crisis Response International are building long-term homes for the survivors. According to Kurt Miller, a coffee shop owner in Istanbul, who is involved in the project, houses have been made with plywood and a metal roof. Each of these houses costs around $2,750 and they can be moved to different locations.

CBN News reports:

HATAY, Turkey – Another aftershock shook southern Turkey today, damaging buildings and killing at least one more person. Despite the dangers, groups like CBN’s Operation Blessing continue to serve in the quake zone.

Millions of Turkish people are relying on the generosity of others across the globe – long-term housing being the most difficult necessity to come by.

The United Nations estimates the earthquakes affected roughly 20 million people across 200 miles of devastation. Early projections say highly damaged cities will take at least 5 years to recover and rebuild. Thankfully, many have answered the call to help those seeking refuge, including Operation Blessing.

“These people are hurting in a way that most of us don’t understand,” said one volunteer named Jarod with Crisis Response International. “The amount of trauma in the land doesn’t go away overnight. And the longer we can be here to love and care for these people, being aware and stepping back in these organizations as we go.”

The Turkish government and non-profits are putting up tents in cities – some near homes still waiting to fall. While they have been a God-send for those impacted, they only last so long – likely for only three months.

“They’re wounded with trauma and heartbroken,” Jarod said.

He and his team have coordinated with another NGO, which remains anonymous, purchasing local supplies to build long-term housing for people with nowhere to go. Kurt Miller, an Istanbul coffee shop owner is coordinating the project, building 10 homes in four cities since the first earthquake.

“We made these homes primarily with plywood, we sourced the material here in Turkey,” Miller said.

Miller says each home costs roughly $2,750. They can be made with a metal roof and are capable of being torn down and relocated – or even extended with additional panels.

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