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Türkiye and Syria Earthquake – How to Help

If you want to take action to help those affected by the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, here’s some advice about how best to do so:

  • The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an appeal to support people in Türkiye and Syria. This brings together 15 leading aid charities from across the UK to raise funds quickly and effectively. There are also locally based organisations in Türkiye and Syria, who you can donate to directly, such as the White Helmets.
  • Money is normally the most useful donation you can make, particularly when giving to charities with experience of operating in crisis zones. As well as enabling aid organisations to get essential aid to people directly in crises zones, it will also help the people fleeing conflict and danger to get exactly what they need, when they need it, no matter where they are and will support the local economy. This is particularly the case in a fast-moving humanitarian crisis. In many situations, where much of a country or region is not directly impacted by an emergency, resources such as food and blankets are already widely available.
  • The needs in a humanitarian crisis are constantly shifting, and donated goods are not usually the best solution. It can take a lot of resources to manage, sort, and dispose of unneeded items in countries which are providing emergency support. But if your community has already gathered items, and now find that you can’t distribute them as you had first intended, you may want to consider alternative ways to distribute the items so they are used in a positive way. Find out more at Donating and managing goods | Ready Scotland

You can find out more about how to help on the Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland website: Humanitarian support | Ready Scotland

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