A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck south-eastern Türkiye and northern Syria, causing widespread destruction and loss of life. Children, in particular, are at risk with no homes to return to, medical attention stretched, and supplies such as food and water becoming increasingly scarce. Emergency rescue teams are working tirelessly to save those in need, but they cannot do it alone.
Donate now to help protect children in need.
Here’s why this earthquake is particularly dangerous:
- This was the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in over a century – and was soon followed by another quake of nearly the same scale (7.7 magnitude) along with dozens of seismic aftershocks.
- Many families have already been displaced up to 20 times and are now left with even fewer resources for their loved ones. Before this disaster, those living in affected areas like Northwest Syria had been facing extreme humanitarian turmoil like widespread poverty, a cholera outbreak and health facilities strained well beyond capacity.
- The winter season means risk of exposure to cold, heavy rains and snow.
- When homes and livelihoods are lost in crises, women and children face a greater risk of exploitation and abuse.
- Schools have been closed, halting children’s education.
With your donation, we will help keep children safe.
You will help provide children and families in Syria* with:
- Shelter, mattresses, blankets and materials to stay warm.
- Food, water and fuel to help reach those in remote locations.
- Required medicines and hygiene kits, including menstrual health products.
- Access to safe spaces and protection from violence.
*Though Türkiye has also been affected by this disaster, Plan International is not operating in the country and is focusing its response on those affected in Syria. Any donations received that exceed what is required to support this emergency will be directed to other areas of greatest humanitarian need, helping assist more children facing global crises and conflicts. Thank you for your generosity.
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