Christian Aid is expressing gratitude to its supporters for their assistance six months after the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria. The earthquakes, which occurred on February 6, led to the deaths of at least 58,000 people and the destruction of numerous buildings and communities. The charity has shared that over £3.4 million have been raised by its supporters to aid the recovery efforts, helping tens of thousands of individuals who faced the loss of their homes, loved ones and livelihoods. Christian Aid has been working in collaboration with local partners in northwest Syria and has managed to provide aid to more than 60,000 people severely affected by the earthquake. Additionally, the organization has reached 5,000 individuals in Southern Turkey to provide much-needed support.
Premier Christian News reports:
Christian Aid is thanking its supporters six months on from the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
At least 58000 people died in southern Turkey and northwest Syria when the first of the quakes struck in the early hours of the morning on 6 February. Thousands of buildings and whole communities were destroyed.
The charity says its supporters have raised over £3.4 million pounds to help “tens of thousands of people who lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.”
In northwest Syria, working through local partners and with funding from several donors, Christian Aid has been able to reach more than 60,000 people badly impacted by the earthquake and another 5,000 people in Southern Turkey.
The international development agency distributed winter kits in the aftermath of the earthquake and emergency kits for children and cash to pay for essentials were given to vulnerable families in the weeks and months that followed.
With many people having lost their homes because of the earthquakes, many have been sleeping in the open air or moving to collective shelters. In response, Christian Aid’s partners have set up child friendly spaces so that children have a place to play, de-stress, learn and access psychological first aid.
Since February survivors have also faced torrential rains and flooding and now the extreme heat affecting much of southern Europe.
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