The Salvation Army Partners with NGOs in Syria and Turkey for Earthquake Relief and Recovery
Turkey and Syria continue the long road to recovery after the devastating earthquakes and aftershocks that hit the region on 6 February 2023.
The first tremor on the border of Turkey and Syria registered magnitude 7.8, followed by a 6.7 magnitude aftershock only 11 minutes later (United States Geological Survey, 2023). This resulted in a massive loss of life and property. More than 50,000 people perished, including ‘45,968 confirmed deaths in Turkey and 7,259 in Syria’ (Relief Web International, 2023).
With The Salvation Army not being registered as a non-government organisation (NGO) in either Turkey or Syria, the international church and charity decided to invest significant funds specifically donated to this disaster in partnerships with other registered NGOs already on the ground in the region.
Through relationships already in place, The Salvation Army was able to almost immediately partner with ZOA International (registered in The Netherlands) and Convoy of Hope (registered in the United States of America).
Partnership with ZOA International
ZOA, a Christian NGO, has been active in Syria since 2015 but through local partners in the beginning. In 2018, ZOA became officially registered in Syria and established an office in Damascus. Since February 2022, ZOA Syria has been operating in the northern governorates from an office in Aleppo. ZOA has worked with communities affected by crisis and responds to priority needs for the most vulnerable households.
This ZOA response, including funds received from The Salvation Army, has reached 16,850 people in Aleppo and Latakia, providing ready-to-eat food parcels. In Aleppo, 22,325 people received a jerry can and soaps, and 13,750 people are targeted for Multipurpose Cash assistance. ZOA engineers also participated in the assessment of affected houses and rehabilitated 10 shelters to provide them with WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities (ZOA International, 2023).
Additionally, ZOA shared with The Salvation Army some personal stories of survivors. One such story is that of a 57-year-old Syrian man named Subhi.
Subhi (right) speaks to a representative from ZOA (Photo ©Lieuwe Siebe de Jong)
Another touching story reported by ZOA brings to life the story of a 22-year-old named Hannah who has an intellectual disability.
Hannah at the shelter in Aleppo
Partnership with Convoy of Hope
Through other partnerships in place with The Salvation Army in the United States, Salvation Army funds were allocated to a second Christian NGO, Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope’s strategic, multifaceted and holistic programmes go hand in hand with Salvation Army standards.
Convoy of Hope reports, ‘Thanks to Convoy of Hope’s incredible partners and donors, teams have served more than 140,000 individuals devastated by the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this year. Families and individuals continue to receive lifesaving food, water and hygiene supplies’ (Convoy of Hope, 2023).
As reported by Convoy of Hope to the Salvation Army World Service Office in April 2023, Convoy of Hope has served 23,760 through the distribution of food kits, from which 237,600 individual meals have been provided.
Each family food kit provides essential products such as rice, lentils, beans, bulgur, pasta, flour and oil in the Turkish provinces of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Adiyaman and Malatya.
Whether through our own vast international network or through exiting external partnerships, The Salvation Army continues to meet human needs in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, without discrimination.Tags: Emergencies, News