EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY
The earthquakes that rocked Turkey and Syria will go down as some of the most devastating in history. The loss of an untold number of structures and the devastatingly high mortality rate are staggering —with the numbers continuing to rise. At this moment the death toll stands at greater than 40,000 from the 7.8 magnitude quake. This will be a long road to recovery for the survivors; years…not months, as they struggle to put their lives back together.
For a multitude of reasons, Hope Force International will focus efforts within Turkey. From numerous communications with trusted relationships, we have identified a very reliable and effective partner. (Out of an abundance of caution, we are withholding the name.)
Countless survivors have lost everything and many have nowhere to lay their heads. Our local partners in the impact zone stated that the need for emergency shelter is overwhelming. They are feverishly building emergency shelters for people displaced by the earthquake; so much so that their team is exhausted. In addition to finances, Hope Force International has been asked to send skilled volunteers to work alongside their team as a way to help relieve their burden. Over 6,000 of these shelters have helped families in previous disasters across India, Pakistan, Nepal and Turkey. These simple structures use locally-sourced materials. They are durable, well insulated, earthquake-resistant, can be quickly assembled…and the materials re-used when building a future, permanent structure.