Turkey’s biggest mining disaster killed at least 301 coal miners in Soma. Most miners made $20/day ($600/month) and were the sole breadwinners. A donation of $100 will cover a week's expenses for a family. Most of the widows have children, many have no breadwinners left, and are facing bankruptcy. The equivalent of one month's salary will be given to the neediest families until the funds are exhausted. Widows with children but no income will have priority. The goverment compensation for the family of a dead miner will likely take a month to begin due to bureucracy. Emergency funds for these families are urgently needed.
I am a biology professor from Istanbul, Turkey who teaches at the University of Utah:
I am currently in Turkey and will go to the disaster site to deliver the donations personally. Many of the dead are from my province, Balikesir, which borders Soma. 100% of the funds will go directly to the needy families who have lost family members in this disaster. Next Thursday, I am going there myself to deliver the first week's donations. This is an already impoverished region and these funds will provide emergency relief to cover the families' first month of expenses during their period of mourning.
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- Başak Canbulat