Turkiye/Syria Earthquake Initiative
Turkish Cypriot Community Association, Cyprus Islamic Association, Turkish Police Association, HIS Church, and Arsenal Foundation
In the UK, which is home to the third largest Turkish Speaking population outside of Türkiye, many charities under the umbrella of the Türkiye Earthquake Initiative, came together and within hours had established 18 collection points for much-needed aid, a plan was formulated for funds to be forwarded to the affected area, medical supplies were sourced for a UK emergency medical team which travelled to Karamaras. Within a week 165 volunteers were handling donations. 32 groups were co-ordinating the collection of aid from a local medical surgery through to Arsenal Foundation, the latter sourcing 1500 sleeping bags. By the end of February eight freight containers of aid had been transported, 35 air containers of aid were dispatched, bereavement counselling was being held, support schemes to connect families operating, and a community rebuild partnership was well underway.