In the early hours of February 6, 2023, Turkey and Syria were rocked by a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by a 7.5 magnitude tremor. The devastating quakes resulted in thousands of casualties and widespread damage.
As search and rescue efforts are hampered by harsh weather conditions, the Gift of the Givers has taken action to help the affected communities.
The organisation has evacuated children from their Bayt Kareem Child Care Centre in Gaziantep, Turkey, and prepared their medical teams in Darkoush, Syria to treat incoming casualties. The death toll continues to rise, with over 4300 fatalities reported so far.
The Gift of the Givers has been contacted by the Turkish Ambassador to South Africa and the Consul General in Cape Town, as well as the SA Ambassador to Turkey, Dipou Letsatsi-Duba, to provide assistance.
In response, they have launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to purchase essential aid, including medical supplies, equipment, food, and more. They are also expanding their volunteer medical and search and rescue teams, ready to assist in any way they can.
To support the affected communities and the Gift of the Givers’ efforts, you can donate to the initiative on BackaBuddy:
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