A major 7.2 earthquake rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, October 23. First estimates project over 200,000 people are affected. BBC news reports some 265 people died and 1,140 were injured, according to Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin.
Nearly 1,000 buildings have been destroyed in the disaster zone, with the town of Ercis the worst hit.
Many impacted families live in remote villages. ACT Alliance’s Turkish partner, Support to Life, is concentrating its relief efforts on the rural regions. In a first step, several thousand people are being provided with food and shelter materials.
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, ACT Alliance member, has cooperated internationally for many years with the organization "Support to Life." The organization has extensive experience in emergency and reconstruction aid after severe earthquakes, as in Bam, Iran in 2003, and in Kashmir in Pakistan in 2005.
The United Church of Christ will support ACT Alliance relief efforts as well as any which may be undertaken by Global Ministries partners.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for the people and communities in Turkey impacted by this earthquake.
2. To assist people impacted by this disaster, please make a gift
payable to your congregation marked for “Turkey Earthquake Relief” with
the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider
Send gifts, made out to United Church of Christ and marked in the memo portion “Turkey Earthquake Relief” to United Church of Christ; Financial Services; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Make a secure online donation. Please write Turkey Earthquake in the Comments box.
Thank you for your compassion and support.
The ACT Alliance is supported by One Great Hour of Sharing of the United Church of Christ.