In the early hours of February 6th, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Türkiye and northern Syria, destroying hundreds of buildings, and killing tens of thousands of people – a number that will continue to rise as recovery efforts continue. Freezing temperatures present an added layer of danger and complexity to the crisis.
HelpAge is working with its partner, the Syrian Expatriates Medical Association (SEMA), who are actively providing emergency medical response. Those that were rescued need shelter, heating, ready-to-eat meals, and other non-food items.
- Winterization items such as blankets and fuel for heating
- Hot, ready-to-eat meals
- Safe shelter
- Non-food items, such as hygiene products and clothing
HelpAge Canada is committed to ensuring older people – many of whom do not have a family support network to rely on and who face barriers to seeking out aid alone – are not forgotten in the world's humanitarian response to this crisis.
Donate today to help older and vulnerable people in Türkiye and Syria receive the care they need.
"This is the worst situation I have seen for a long time. They are still pulling people and bodies from the collapsed buildings, so we know the numbers of casualties will increase. Over 500 buildings have collapsed in Gazientep."
– Bashem Shaher, humanitarian worker.