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Earthquake Strikes Aegean Sea Causing ‘Mini Tsunami’

On October 30, 2020, a powerful 6.9 earthquake hit the Aegean Sea, “sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a ‘mini tsunami,'” according to CNN.

“More than 900 aftershocks have been registered since the initial quake, 42 of them with a magnitude over 4.0,” CNN reports. Izmir was among the hardest hit areas.

Islamic Relief teams moved quickly to send aid to survivors. Your donations to IRUSA’s Turkey Humanitarian Aid fund will help provide relief to our sisters and brothers who have been affected by this tragedy.

Supporting the Hospitable People of Turkey and Refugees Living There

While Turkey has a relatively strong economy when compared to some of the other countries Islamic Relief serves, a large portion of its people suffer from poverty. In addition, Turkey lies in a region that is susceptible to natural disasters, namely earthquakes.

And as Turkey continues to look for ways to improve conditions for its people, it also is working to continue to provide aid to the refugee population that has fled to Turkey to escape violence in their home countries. This has added a strain on its resources.

With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Turkey are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.

We Need YOUR Help

As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better Turkey a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.

$100 can provide food aid for a family 

$225 can provide vital relief to emergency survivors

$500 can implement livelihood programs to set up women-led households for success

$1,000 can help build innovative water and sanitation facilities

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Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Turkey

Islamic Relief Turkey opened its offices in the 2000s to serve as an implementing office to assist refugees fleeing to Turkey. As their work continues, they also assist Turks in need. And in times of emergency, like an earthquake that struck in 2017, Islamic Relief donors provided food and hygiene kits to survivors. More than 400 families were helped, including more than 600 school-aged children.

Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Turkey:

  • Providing emergency aid to disaster survivors
  • Supporting livelihood programs to help farmers
  • Delivering supplies to help refugee families

What happens when you join the fundraising movement?

When you make the decision to help fundraise for the effort, you go beyond just thoughts and prayers. This increased IMPACT is priceless, because it means we’re able to meet more needs of those who are waiting for us to lend a helping hand.

And if you're reading this message, it's because you want to go beyond the call the duty. For you, it's not enough to just keep those children in your thoughts and prayer.  You want to double your impact by helping to sponsor these emergency efforts and helping deliver aid to those affected by creating a fundraising page. Get started by creating your page today!

We’re so glad you came. Just scroll to the top of the page and click "become a fundraiser" to setup your page and start promoting to your network via e-mail, social media, and your preferred messaging app. Even with a goal as small as $50, you can provide urgent food aid for families.