Türkiye-Syria Emergency Earthquake Relief

Hi! As Turkish and Syrian students at the University of St Andrews, am deeply saddened to hear the news of recent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. More than 18 thousand casualties are expected to rise every day. It is estimated that over 23 million people have been affected. Both countries are trying to rebuild their communities from ashes. Alongside student societies, Turkish students in St Andrews are organising a fundraising event to support the rescue missions of disaster-struck individuals - Türkiye-Syria Emergency Earthquake Relief.

All donations will be donated to Ahbap (A Turkish NGO) a Turkish Non-Governmental Organization, founded by Haluk Levent, and has more than 30 thousand active members. Ahbap aims to provide all kinds of aid to people in need to strengthen the awareness of cooperation in society. It has provided help in terms of search&rescue, food, clothing, and much more in the recent natural disasters, the Izmir earthquake 2020 and the Marmaris Forest Fire 2022. They have proved to be the most reliable organizations since the first day of the recent Earthquake. They have thousands of active members working both on the frontline in the areas affected by the earthquake and members working to organize all the donations to be effectively allocated.

The White Helmets, also known as Syria Civil Defence, is a humanitarian organisation established in 2012. It is dedicated to helping communities prepare for, and respond to, attacks in Northwest Syria. It also provides other services including firefighting, removal of unexploded weapons, community safety awareness, electrical and sewage maintenance and rehabilitation of neighbourhoods.The White Helmets are the main organization in Northwest Syria currently responding to the aftermaths of the earthquake and saving people from under rubble. The UK Govemenet has recently donated to the White Helmets to support its work in Syria. For more information, you can watch the White Helmets film on Netflix.


Ege Ertugrul
John Street, St Andrews

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