How your donation made a difference in Türkiye and Syria

From heartbreak to healing: Türkiye Syria Earthquakes Appeal 12 month impact report

One year on from the devastating earthquakes that hit Türkiye and Syria the road to recovery remains complex and long. Over 17 million people have been impacted in unimaginable ways: losing their homes, loved ones and jobs.

A woman walks amongst the rubble caused by the earthquakes in Türkiye. Photo: Turkish Red Crescent

Since day one, teams from Turkish Red Crescent (TRCS, locally known as Kizilay) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have been there to provide vital and enduring support to impacted communities. Due to their unique roles as trusted local organisations, both National Societies have been able to access communities that others cannot and reach high numbers of people in need.

From the very first hour, local teams have worked tirelessly to help ease people’s suffering. They supported immediate search and rescue operations, as well as providing medical aid and serving millions of hot meals.

Today, these local teams are still working in their communities, to provide much-needed cash grants, shelter, and psychosocial assistance as people rebuild their lives with self- determination and dignity.

Syrian Red Crescent teams have been providing support to people impacted by the earthquakes since day one. Photo: Olav A. Saltbones/Norwegian Red Cross

This response effort has been supported by the global Red Cross Red Crescent Movement including Australian Red Cross. This is what it means to be the world’s largest humanitarian network – we rally together in times of crisis at the scale needed.

In Australia, we were truly overwhelmed by the kindness and swift action of our community. Generous supporters donated $6.8 million dollars to help teams on the ground. From the students who sold roses to raise funds, to the artists who auctioned valuable pieces and the everyday Australians who contributed what they could.

This report illustrates the support our Movement has been able to provide thanks to the generosity of people across the world.

One year on, we acknowledge the unfathomable losses experienced by communities in Türkiye and Syria. We celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit exemplified in their commitment to rebuilding their lives. And we express heartfelt thanks for the generosity that has provided vital help to so many.



Penny Harrison 


Alex Mathieson

Interim CEO

Director, International
Programs and
Movement Relations

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