On February 6, 2023, one of the strongest and deadliest earthquakes hit Southern Türkiye right above the Syrian border, registering a magnitude of 7.8, followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hours later, resulting in a reported death toll of over 45,000 by March 6.
Homes, hospitals, schools, and essential infrastructure have been destroyed leaving thousands of survivors at risk of dying from the freezing temperatures. As an NGO with strong ties and networks throughout the region, Jusoor partnered with Karam Foundation to act quickly and provide life-saving and essential relief aid to Syrian families who were impacted, through their campaign (Re)Building Hopes. This was especially crucial since many victims felt overwhelmed and hopeless after the disaster.
Jusoor means bridges in Arabic and is an apolitical organization. Karam means generosity in Arabic. Both organizations are not disaster organizations; however, the communities they support are in crisis.
“At Jusoor, we were all so moved by the stories of those affected by the earthquakes and motivated to do what we could to support. We are so pleased to be partnering with the Karam foundation to provide emergency support to those who need it most and grateful to all our donors who gave generously during these challenging times.”
Grace Atkinson, Jusoor’s Executive Director.
Thanks to the incredible support of the Jusoor community, the organization managed to raise over $250,000 and the aid was implemented on the ground by Karam Foundation. The fund was allocated to provide emergency stipends to 100 Scholars which helped them to cover their basic needs and expenses, food baskets for 1,250 families (5,000 people) ensuring access to adequate nutrition, and secure funding for housing to house 100 families for an initial 3 months ($1,000 per family of four) providing a safe and secure space for the families with thermal blankets, pillows, and foam mattresses.
"As you know, victims of an earthquake often experience feelings of vulnerability, fear, and trauma in the aftermath of the disaster. However, providing prompt response and aid can significantly improve their well-being and aid in their recovery.”
Jusoor and Karam Foundation remain committed to supporting the affected communities as they recover from this tragic event. We stand in solidarity with those who have been affected and will continue to work tirelessly to provide the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives.
Jusoor would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the donors who generously contributed to the relief campaign, (Re)Building Hopes. The organization is grateful for the outpouring of support from individuals and businesses around the world who donated to help those in need.