Episcopal Relief & Development said it is working with its partners on the ground to provide support to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6, causing at least 20,000 deaths, according to news reports as of Feb. 9. Hundreds of thousands are homeless as thousands of rescue and aid workers look for victims and survivors.
The Episcopal relief agency said that as of Feb. 9, its partner, Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance) had:
- Distributed 40,000 winterization kits that include blankets, pajamas and mattresses.
- Distributed hot meals and medicine.
- Provided over 230 buildings, including church halls, mosques, schools and municipal halls, for shelters
- Begun setting up child friend spaces, assisting in family reunification and providing emotional support for unaccompanied children
Longer-term needs are being assessed. The local network of partners had supplies and staff prepositioned throughout the region, which allowed for rapid mobilization in the midst of complex weather and transportation conditions. Local partners are continuing to prepare for a long-term, sustained response, according to Episcopal Relief & Development.
The agency also posted on its Church Resources pages suggested texts for congregations’ websites and bulletins, printable bulletin inserts and announcement language to share on Sunday, available in English and Spanish.