Following the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria in February 2023, it is now estimated that over 50,000 people have lost their lives and thousands of children and families have been forced out of their homes.
Church Pharmacy has donated a total of £6,000 to five charities working in Turkey and Syria who are providing vital humanitarian relief on the ground.
The British Red Cross works as part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Turkish Red Crescent and Syrian Arab Red Crescent are at the heart of the earthquake response and have been working round the clock to support thousands of survivors with temporary shelters, food, water and blankets, as well as providing psychosocial support to traumatised people.
Human Appeal is a non-profit organisation working across the globe to strengthen humanity’s fight against poverty, social injustice and natural disaster. When the first earthquake hit, their teams – already on the ground supporting displaced Syrians devastated by war - delivered vital aid, while their Al Imaan Hospital provided lifesaving healthcare. They continue to help Syrians recover by providing hot meals, blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, water purification units and hygiene and dignity kits.
Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a global medical relief organisation and one of the co-leaders of the Health Cluster in Turkey, leading the humanitarian response and operations in Syria. SAMS’ 2,400 staff in the region – nearly half of whom were displaced by the disaster – continue to provide essential supplies and urgent medical assistance to the thousands of casualties, including mental health and psychosocial support.
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international humanitarian organisation designed to act fast to save people’s lives in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics via their network of medics and aid experts across 70 countries. From the first hours of the disaster, MSF teams working in northwest Syria began treating patients and delivering supplies. This is a region where their staff were already providing life-saving and essential medical services to people who have lived through 12 years of civil war.
Islamic Relief UK is a leading Muslim charity and independent non-governmental organisation founded in the UK. Their teams on the ground in both countries have been providing essential medical items for hospitals and health centres, distributing blankets and mattresses for the homeless and helping people access food. They’ve also provided people with vouchers they can use to buy essentials like food or hygiene items at local shops, to help support the devastated local economy.
If you'd like to donate to the appeal please click the links above to be redirected to the official charity websites.