A shell of a building among rubble after the earthquake in Turkey

Turkey & Syria Earthquake Appeal

Help children and families devastated by this disaster

Get help to those who need it most

Two devastating earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 have hit parts of Turkey and Syria on 6 February 2023. Over 8000 people have been killed and thousands more are injured. Destruction is widespread, with buildings reduced to rubble and hundreds still trapped inside.

With the number of casualties still rising, we’re ready to support those whose lives have been turned upside down by this disaster. Our local teams will be taking emergency supplies to those most in need, including food, water, warm blankets, hygiene kits and shelters.

But we need your support.


Help those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Help us act fast to protect the lives of those that have been devastated.

Please enter a donation of at least R100

How your donation helps

Our local teams are quickly pulling together to get help to those who need it most. Your donation today will help support children and families whose lives have been shattered.

You can help provide essential items that make a life changing difference in the aftermath of a disaster like this. 


How we work in emergencies

When emergencies hit, children are often the most at risk. That’s why we need to be there – in places torn apart by disasters and conflict.

Your support is needed now more than ever

Your support makes change happen

Your support makes change happen

All the resources entrusted to us are effectively and efficiently invested in the lives and futures of children. We always strive to keep our overhead costs low, ensuring that the maximum amount is spent on programmes that benefit children, their families and communities.

In 2021, 85% of the funds raised were spent on programmes, 10% on fundraising efforts and 5% was used for administration expenses.

"The earthquake went for three minutes but felt like a lifetime. How could I get my children and mother to safety?" World Vision staff in Turkey

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Turkey and Syria Earthquake FAQ

  • The powerful earthquake’s epicenter was near Gaziantep, where millions of Syrian refugees live, just outside the regional capital.

    The quake added more misery along the border, an area beset by the decades-long Syria conflict and refugee crisis.

    Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, some 3.5 million Syrians, according to the UNHCR, which runs one of its most extensive operations from Gaziantep.

    “While we were sleeping, the house started shaking. I immediately ran to my children; I did not know which one to carry."

    "I could not reach the door, the distance was very far, and a minute of time was like years of helplessness and fear,” said a World Vision staff member in northern Syria.

    "The fear continues with the aftershocks. Most of the people are on the streets in the snow and rain, with many destroyed buildings, many victims, and many still trapped under the rubble.”

  • You can help World Vision continue responding to disasters like this earthquake around the world.

    • Please give today to help people suffering from the 2023 Turkey and Syria earthquake.
    • Pray: Join us in praying for World Vision staff and responders as they continue to support families through this disaster. Almighty Father, we ask for Your mercy on people hardest hit by this disaster. During these frantic hours, please guide the search and rescue teams with Your protection and courage. Comfort the families that have lost loved ones, and keep children and adults warm as the bitterness of winter is now heaped upon this catastrophe. Give them patience, peace, and hope that they will emerge from this disaster and livelihoods will be restored.
  • World Vision is working rapidly to assess potential impacts to already-displaced children and communities in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in the early hours of Monday morning, sending tremors across the region.

    Our priority will include helping support affected people with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), health, shelter, and protection. Our immediate response areas will cover Gaziantep and Sanliurfa in Turkey, as well as Azaz, Afrin, and Idlib in northern Syria.

    We’re distributing fuel and heat to shelters as cold and sub-zero temperatures are of immediate concern. Initial assessments from our partners showed a critical need for fuel to restore heating and electricity to medical facilities and emergency shelters.

    “In the middle of a harsh winter, already incredibly vulnerable children and families have now been shaken to their core by this devastating earthquake, which is likely to affect thousands in northern Syria and southern Türkiye,” said Johan Mooij, Response Director for World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response in Amman, Jordan. “We will do everything we can to help those who were affected.”

    World Vision has been working in the Middle East region for nearly 40 years. We’re dedicated to improving the lives of children, families, and the communities where they live through long-term sustainable development as well as responding to disasters — both natural and man-made.

    World Vision quickly came alongside Syrian families who fled to Lebanon in 2011. Since then, our work has expanded to other countries hosting Syrian refugees and into Syria. Children and their long-term needs are always our first priority.

    World Vision provides aid to children and families in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey, all of which have suffered from the conflict and resulting humanitarian crisis. Since the Syrian refugee crisis began, we’ve helped more than 7.5 million children and their families in the region.

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