Message of sympathy regarding the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
Message of sympathy regarding the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Rochambeau souhaite apporter tout son soutien aux victimes et aux familles du terrible séisme survenu en Turquie et en Syrie. Nous sommes solidaires avec les membres de notre communauté qui sont affectés par cette tragédie, notamment nos étudiantes et nos étudiants et leurs familles ainsi que les membres de notre personnel. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des ressources fournies par l'ambassade de Turquie à Washington ainsi que des appels à l'aide lancés par des organisations locales et internationales pour vous aider à soutenir les personnes touchées par cette tragédie. 

Rochambeau wishes to extend its full support to the victims and families of the terrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria. We stand in solidarity with the members of our community who have been affected by this tragedy, including our students and their families as well as our staff members. Below are some resources from the Turkish Embassy in Washington as well aid appeals from local and international organizations that guide how you can support people affected by this tragedy. 

The Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C is collecting Donations and Aid: 

Volunteers who are willing to send in-kind assistance to people in need in Türkiye affected by the earthquakes are kindly asked to send the following items to Turkish Embassy and Turkish Consulates across the U.S. by mail or through in-person drop off:

  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pocket warmers
  • Winter clothing (jackets, gloves, headgear)
  • Over-the-counter medications for flu, cold, and pain killers

Please place your items in clear bags and provide an itemized list of the contents in the bag.

The in-kind donations will be sent to Türkiye through Turkish Airlines in a speedy and prioritized manner.

In view of the earthquakes in Türkiye, please find below our Embassy’s and Consulates’ contact information for all aid related matters.

Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Address: 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008

Phone :+1 202 612 67 00

+1 202 612 67 01

On-duty phone: +1 202 304 38 89


(Full Message from the Turkish Embassy)

Additional organizations to consider donating to:
  • Syrian American Medical Society
    • The Syrian American Medical Society is a relief organization working on the front lines of the crisis. They continue to service the area though at least one of their hospitals has been closed due to damages caused by the temblors.They are asking for donations to purchase trauma supplies and continue to provide emergency aid to their patients.
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
    • The UNHCR is currently in Turkey and Syria providing high thermal blankets, mattresses, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, sleeping mats, winter clothing kits, and winter jackets. You can donate here.
    • The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has also mobilized aid to Syria, and is focusing on assessing the impact the quake had on water stations and any other interruptions to services. It is also assessing the damages schools face. UNICEF said another priority is helping unaccompanied children find their families. You can donate here to help.
  • The White Helmets
    • The White Helmets, a nonprofit organization made up of 3,000 volunteers who help the Syrian community, said they need more equipment and supplies to continue numerous search and rescue operations in the region. The organization previously helped deliver primary care to patients with COVID-19, offered ambulance services to those with more severe cases, and also regularly provides maternal healthcare. You can make a financial contribution at the following link.
  • Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay)
    • The Turkish Red Crescent has more than 240 staff and hundreds of volunteers in the disaster region providing mobile kitchen and catering services to the region, according to a press release. They are also sending over tents, blankets and beds.The organization is asking people to donate blood as they continue to ship blood from their existing supplies throughout the day. The Red Crescent provided their bank details for donations in a tweet, but you can also donate here.
  • International Rescue Committee
    • The International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that responds to the most serious humanitarian crises, works in more than 40 countries. “IRC teams are on the ground and working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, local partners and those affected,” said Tanya Evans, the Syria Country Director for IRC. Consider making a gift here.
  • Save the Children
    • Save the Children is working in northwest Syria and Turkey to best assess aid necessary, but are planning to support affected communities with emergency kits amid the harsh winter weather. You can make a contribution to their Children’s Emergency Fund at the following link.
  • Global Giving
    • Global Giving, a nonprofit that connects other nonprofits to donors, has launched the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund, with a goal of raising $5 million dollars to help with the immediate food, shelter and water needs. Once the initial need is completed, funds will support longer-term recovery efforts.
  • Project HOPE
    • Project HOPE, a global health and humanitarian aid organization, has deployed emergency teams to help on-the-ground. You can support their work here.
  • Humanitarian Relief Foundation
    • The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has been serving communities impacted by catastrophe and war since its founding in 1992. It is collecting donations to send water, food, and shelter materials to people in need. They also have a mobile soup kitchen making rounds in the region. Consider donating here.
  • Doctors Without Borders
    • Doctors Without Borders has provided immediate emergency support through additional staffing, blankets and kits in northwestern Syria in the wake of the earthquake. You can help by donating at the following link.
  • Direct Relief
    • Direct Relief is a humanitarian medical aid group that specializes in disaster response. They are currently mobilizing medical aid and helping fund search and rescue teams in coordination with local officials. You can support the cause here.

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