UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST: The number of people who have died in the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria has now passed 41,000. Episcopal Relief & Development continues its work in Syria, working in partnership with ACT Alliance to provide emergency relief in hard-to-reach areas of northern Syria. Working through the Middle East Council of Churches and other local organizations, the ACT Alliance is sheltering 10,000 families in open-air or structurally sound facilities, providing survivors with hot meals, blankets, medicine and trauma support; supplying body bags and other necessities to hospitals; and helping children return to school to provide more stability. The Anglican Church in Aleppo is sheltering another 1,000 people and providing similar support. In Turkey, ERD continues to consult with partners to plan for short-term relief and longer-term recovery.
ORIGINAL POST: As you probably know, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck southeast Turkey and northern Syria on Monday, Feb. 6. The reported death toll at this writing is over 11,000 and climbing after thousands of building crumbled, burying people beneath the rubble and destroying homes.
Many parishioners are wondering how to respond to such an overwhelming crisis. One way to help is to support Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD). ERD is quickly putting plans in place with its networks of relief partners that already exist in Syria to help those displaced during the Syrian conflict. Those partners are ready and equipped to join ERD's ground response as swiftly as possible. And, after assessments take place in Turkey, ERD is well poised to provide immediate relief as soon as they know what is most needed.
To make a donation to support ERD's Turkey-Syria Earthquake Fund, please visit this webpage.
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