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On Monday morning, 6th February 2023, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Turkiye and Syria killed over 11,000 people, with the number expected to continue to rise. Hundreds of people are still believed to be trapped under rubble as rescue workers search mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.

An estimated 60,000 people are reportedly injured, more than 6,000 buildings have been destroyed, and a staggering 13 million people are left homeless or displaced with no means to find food, clean water, and shelter.

Many of these families have already suffered through conflict, disaster, and chronic poverty, and the effects of the earthquake will now leave thousands- if not millions- of families entirely and utterly destitute.

While families struggle to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones and their homes, hospitals also struggle to cope with the enormous influx of casualties and urgently require resources.

The Zahra Foundation’s local field team mobilized as the disaster unfolded to provide immediate support following a rapid needs assessment in Turkiye.

Our ground team is working tirelessly to ensure families receive urgent aid and assistance. So far, we have provided the following:
Food items for hundreds of displaced families
Blankets for families left in the cold
Medicine storage units for hospitals.

The Zahra Foundation is now collecting and dispersing aid to victims in Syria in partnership with UNHCR Canada.

We need your support to provide relief to the victims of this earthquake.


How we have helped?

As conflict and natural disasters continued to devastate countless lives across the world, The Zahra Foundation’s field teams respond swiftly to address the needs of the most vulnerable throughout its areas of operation with life-saving aid. Your donations help us continue to offer a vital lifeline of support to some of the most vulnerable people affected.

  • 2020: Built homes for victims of the maternity hospital blast in Kabul and repaired homes of the victims of the devastating Beirut blast
  • 2021: Responded to the deadly new variant of COVID-19 in India that left the nation struggling to cope, providing hospitals with hundreds of oxygen tanks, oximeters and concentrators.
  • 2022: Responded to deadly attack on worshipers at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan; as the first NGO on the scene, we provided both immediate and long-term assistance to those affected

Please support our emergency fund, so we can be on hand immediately to help those most in need, in their greatest time of need.