Turkey and Syria Disaster Relief - Christ Church At Grove Farm

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Turkey and Syria hit by catastrophic earthquake

On February 6th, a 7.8 earthquake and multiple aftershocks hit Southern Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye) and Northern Syria – one of the strongest in the region in over 100 years. Sadly, the death toll has exceeded the tens of thousands and continues to rise hour by hour. This region is home to an already vulnerable population due to years of conflict which created massive ongoing needs before the earthquake. Now collapsed buildings and damaged roads have left hundreds of thousands displaced and stranded in the freezing temperatures; children are particularly vulnerable to family separation, exploitation, and abuse at this time.

World Vision is responding by providing life-saving support with access to temporary shelters, heaters, clean water, non-food items, and critically needed healthcare. We’re also providing care for vulnerable children separated from their families amid the turmoil.

Your gift can make a real difference for vulnerable children and families:

Our hearts break for the children and families of Turkey and Syria affected by this disaster. Would you join us in supporting these urgent needs with life-saving support in the name of Jesus?

Please pray with us for God to bring comfort and hope to those hurting amid extreme loss, unrest and uncertainty. Thank you for your heart to love and be the hands and feet of Jesus during this dire time.


How can Christ Church at Grove Farm help people affected by the earthquake?

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If you would like to mail in a gift towards the response, checks can be mailed to the address below. Please include a note with the following "W10002882 - Turkey and Syria Emergency Response" and "CSSC - 400072679" for the World Vision staff. We truly appreciate your your gift and willingness to help those in urgent need.

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PO Box 78481
Tacoma, WA 98481

Fast Facts

What risks do children face in the aftermath of the earthquake?

Hundreds of thousands of children and their families are homeless in the wake of the earthquake. Snow and bitter winter weather have placed children at great risk of hypothermia as they struggle to survive in sub-zero temperatures. Many survivors have had to sleep in cars, outside, or in makeshift shelters. Doctors have warned that children are also at risk of exposure to waterborne diseases such as cholera or Hepatitis A due to the damage to shelters and water infrastructure.

These children are now even more vulnerable to family separation, exploitation, and abuse. As buildings are deemed unsafe, they also are unable to return to school.

“In northern Syria, in particular, the threats to children from abuse were already extreme. The soaring poverty, within a warzone, now devastated by earthquakes, has created an unimaginable number of challenges, and suffering for children,” says Johan Mooij, World Vision’s response director for the Syria crisis. “This earthquake has created the perfect environment for a health crisis — fueled by reduced healthcare capacity and disease outbreaks.

“Humanitarian needs were already extremely severe in northwest Syria, and this catastrophic earthquake has added trauma to ongoing crisis there,” he adds. “Health facilities were already badly equipped and unable to cope with need, but now many have been destroyed. Families are trying to survive with no homes, no access to food, in sub-zero temperatures whilst also attempting to deal with the physical and mental impact of this earthquake.”

How is World Vision responding to the Turkey and Syria earthquake?

World Vision has been distributing fuel and heat to shelters in northwest Syria in response to cold and sub-zero temperatures. Initial assessments from our partners showed a critical need for fuel to restore heating and electricity to medical facilities and emergency shelters.

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

How long has World Vision worked in the Middle East?

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.

In Syria, we reached more than 680,600 people in 2022 with life-saving aid through our health, care for vulnerable children, education, nutrition, and WASH programming.

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



God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
—Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)


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