Turkey and Syria were hit by a devastating earthquake, which claimed more than 11,000 lives, caused enormous damage, and left severe consequences for the lives of the population in the affected areas.
As often before, when it comes to emergency aid, we have shown that philanthropy, solidarity, and humanity know no borders, and numerous support actions with the vulnerable have already been launched in our region.
In the rest of the text, read how the Western Balkans is helping earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, and find out how you can contribute to the earthquake victims receiving the help they need.
The Serbian Philanthropic Forum and the Lighthouse (Svetionik) invite us to unite in solidarity with the victims of the earthquake
The Serbian Philanthropic Forum and the Lighthouse (Svetionik) launched a campaign on the Donacije.rs platform for urgent aid to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
You can support it with an online donation or payment to the account of the Serbian Philanthropic Forum.
Your donations will enable the following:
- provision of food, water, and medicine,
- provision of shelter and temporary accommodation,
- support for the youngest and most vulnerable.
You can support the campaign and find all the detailed information On the link.
UNICEF Serbia launched a campaign to help children affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria
As in all humanitarian crises, children are the most vulnerable category.
That is why Unicef Serbia launched a campaign for children affected by the catastrophic earthquake in these two countries.
Unicef teams from different countries are already helping the vulnerable; Unicef Serbia has launched a campaign for help, which you can support by donating at the link.
Caritas Serbia is collecting aid for the victims of the earthquake
Caritas Serbia joins the initiative of Caritas Internationalis in collecting funds to help victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
We sympathize with people whose lives have changed dramatically in an instant, who have lost their loved ones, or whose fate is still uncertain. These people need help from all of us. Let's show solidarity and lend a hand to the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, said Caritas Serbia.
You can show your support by donating to account 220-112163-96.
Unicef Croatia invites us to donate to children affected by earthquakes.
UNICEF Croatia also launched a campaign to support children affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
You can provide support by donating at the link, and your donations will enable the following:
delivery of emergency humanitarian aid - drinking water, food, blankets, warm clothes, hygiene items, and medicines
psychosocial support for children traumatized by the earthquake.
The painter sells his works to support the vulnerable in Syria and Turkey
Prominent academic painter from Sarajevo, Džeko Hodžić, launched a campaign on Facebook where he sells pieces to help victims of devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
With this humane gesture, he invited his fellow artists to join him in helping those who needed help the most.
Many of us from this area participated in symposiums in Turkey. I am asking my colleagues to join the action- wrote Dzeko.
Less than 24 hours after the announcement, he sold one of the three offered paintings (oil on canvas 100x80) from the cycle Seeds of Young Pine. The painting was sold for 2,200 KM.
If you want to support this action yourself and provide a donation for Syria and Turkey by purchasing an artistic painting, you can do so at the link.
Association Colibri conducts an action to collect aid for the children of Turkey and Syria
Colibri Association from 07.02.2023 to 12.02.2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, at the address Ćemaluša no. 3, Sarajevo, collects aid for the children of Syria and Turkey.
We ask all parents and our fellow citizens to bring warm blankets, sleeping bags, scarves, hats, gloves, warm winter clothes, warm clothes, and shoes, everything that we know every child needs, according to the association.
Caritas BiH invites us to help the victims in Turkey and Syria
Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina appeals to everyone who can help the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria.
You can contribute by paying into the account or calling the humanitarian number 17764.
Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina
UniCredit Bank dd Mostar
KM: Transaction account: 338 320 22007 22429
Foreign currency account: IBAN BA39 338 060 48937 86133
SWIFT CODE: UNCRBA 22
Note: For the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Support campaign association Pomozi.ba collected more than half a million KM in 24 hours
A humanitarian organization Pomozi.ba announced that within 24 hours of launching the appeal, they secured around 500,000 KM to help victims in Syria and Turkey and that half of that sum was collected thanks to calls to the humanitarian number 17006.
The action is still ongoing, and you can support it with online donations, by calling the humanitarian number, or by making a payment to one of accounts of the association.
"Pomozi.ba" association, in addition to collecting funds, also collects donations of winter clothes, blankets, and other necessities for citizens affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
In the "Pomozi.ba" premises, at the address Dr. Fetaha Bećirbegovića 8, donations are accepted in the form of blankets, sleeping bags, winter clothes, shoes, hygiene products, diapers and other necessities for babies, Maja Arslanagić, PR of this association, said in an interview for Anatolia.
Donations are accepted daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Saturday, February 11.
Citizens of Novi Pazar collect humanitarian aid for Turkey
Citizens of Novi Pazar also organized the collection of humanitarian assistance for the population of Turkey that was affected by the devastating earthquake.
The action, which is carried out under the auspices of the local self-government and the Red Cross, is organized in the Dom omladine from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the humanitarian organizations Otvorena ruka and Sevap are also involved.
In agreement with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Belgrade, a list of necessary items to be collected was submitted.
The list includes caps, jackets, raincoats, boots, sweaters, trousers, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, and underwear.
The aid collection was also organized on the city promenade under the auspices of the organization Path of the Environment.
If you are in Novi Pazar, join the action by taking the necessary things to one of the locations in the coming period.
The beekeepers of Novi Pazar also joined the campaign to collect aid for Turkey, who these days sell honey in the center of Novi Pazar and donate all the proceeds to help the people of Turkey.
Mostar in a support action
The association Zajedno za naš grad from Mostar appeals for help to the citizens of Turkey.
They launched the action in cooperation with the representative office of the Red Crescent of Turkey in Bosnia and Herzegovina and invited everyone who can support it in one of the following ways:
- PayPal by donation: Association PayPal; email@example.com, (Indicate: Help to the people of Turkey)
- Payment to the account of the association; 1995440041357447 Sparkasse bank
- By donation in person at the association's premises at Maršala Tita 177 every day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina has activated a humanitarian number to help citizens of Turkey and Syria
The Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina also launched a support action for those affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey. They launched the humanitarian number - 17023 by calling you to donate KM 2.
In addition, you can donate to the account of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina number 1340011130004680, bank name: ASA Banka dd Sarajevo, bank address: Fra Anđela Zvizdovića 1/A, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Red Cross of North Macedonia opened accounts for donations to Turkey and Syria
In North Macedonia, the Macedonian Red Cross has also opened humanitarian accounts and phone numbers through which it is possible to donate to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Anyone who wants support can send it in one of the following ways:
- By donation to the account of the Red Cross Solidarity Fund RSM: 300000001327966, tax number: 4030984271620 AD Commercial bank with indication: aid to the population in Turkey and Syria.
- by calling the number 143 400 of Makedonski Telekom and A1, thereby donating 100 denars,
- by the donation from abroad, according to the following data:
NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION: RED CROSS OF THE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA
BANK NAME: KOMERCIJALNA BANKA AD SKOPJE
BANK ADDRESS: STR. ORCE NIKOLOV NO. 3, 1000 SKOPJE, MACEDONIA
BANK ACCOUNT: 300000000000133 25730522-11
SWIFT CODE: KOBSMK2Ks
IBAN CODE: MK07300701000001228
The Red Cross of North Macedonia is in communication with the Red Crescent of Turkey and the Arab Red Crescent of Syria, which was immediately offered initial assistance, announced by the Red Cross.
The Red Cross of Serbia launched an action to help the population of Turkey and Syria
And the Red Cross of Serbia opened a dedicated account to help the population of Turkey and Syria affected by the devastating earthquake.
NLB Komercijalna banka AD Belgrade
No. account: 205-32824-71
Call the number: 6046-355 0000
According to the first estimates of the World Health Organization, the consequences of the earthquake will threaten more than twenty-three million people in both countries, which is why we need to show solidarity and support.
Volunteers from North Macedonia are helping rescue victims in Turkey
A team of miners employed at the Bulmak 2016 mine in Probishtip, in coordination with the Protection and Rescue Authority, traveled to Turkey on Tuesday to help people affected by the strong earthquake.
In addition to the miners, firefighters from Tetovo, Gostivar, Strumica, Skopje, and Bitola also traveled to the volunteer rescue operation.
The Commercial Bank donates 6,000,000 denars to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria
The Commercial Bank of North Macedonia will donate 6,000,000 denars to help provide the necessary food and funds for the surviving residents in the affected areas.
The funds will be donated to the Red Cross Solidarity Fund.
Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, to whom we express our deepest condolences and pray for the salvation of the people still under the rubble, announced by the Commercial Bank.
Halkbank Skopje donated 500,000 euros to support Turkey
Another bank that showed solidarity and donated to help earthquake-affected Turkey is Halkbank AD Skopje, which donated 500,000 euros to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey.
This time is the time to show our humanity to the people of the Republic of Turkey, where our parent bank also operates and is in an extremely difficult situation these days. "People matter" is the motto that governs Halkbank, according to the bank's statement.
Citizens collect aid, and the Philharmonic orchestra organizes a humanitarian concert
In North Macedonia, support actions are organized, and other philanthropic community actors are involved.
So, since Monday in Skopje and other cities throughout the country, there are points on the squares where help is collected in blankets, sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, diapers, tents, and heaters.
Also, the Philharmonic announces the revenue from the tickets sold for the Gajret concert, which will be held on Thursday with soloists from Macedonia, Turkey, and Lebanon (the price for one is 500 denars), will be donated to help the victims of the catastrophic earthquake.
The corporate sector in Albania supports Syria and Turkey
The Eurosig-Insig Group and Uba Bank have allocated 30,000 euros to help families damaged by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey.
Another donation comes from Vodafone Albania, which removes the roaming charges with Turkey and Syria for the period 6-13 February. It enables free calls and SMS to all customers who need to stay connected with their family and friends in the areas affected by the devastating earthquake. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Group Foundation Humanitarian Fund has made a direct donation of €50,000 to Turkey hours after the deadly earthquake, while it plans to add another €25,000 to this amount soon, raised by contributions from Vodafone employees. Even the equipment and volunteers of the Emergency Network of the Vodafone Foundation are made available if necessary.
The Albanian Red Cross has launched a fundraising campaign
The Albanian Red Cross has launched a fundraising campaign in support of the Turkish Red Crescent and the Syrian Red Crescent to help the population affected by the devastating earthquake. The Albanian Red Cross has mobilized all its human capacities in all its 39 branches throughout the country to sensitize communities to donate monetary values so that, even a little, Albania also contributes to the relief of human suffering that comes from this bloody disaster. The sums collected from this campaign will be sent to the components of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent operating in Turkey and Syria, which are engaged in helping the affected population.
BBI Bank donated 50,000 KM to help those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
One of the companies that showed solidarity and set aside funds to help Turkey and Syria is BBI Bank, which donated 50,000 KM.
The funds were donated through the Islamic Community in BiH, which launched an action called From Bosniaks with Love.
Our concern for the most vulnerable categories in society is a natural consequence of our activities. We hope that this donation will make the daily life of the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria a little easier, it was announced by BBI Bank.
Citizens of Kosovo collected aid to help victims of the earthquake
The first truck with aid collected by the citizens of Kosovo leaves for Turkey. Citizens of the Turkish community in Pristina, with the organization of the non-governmental association "Gerçek," have organized the collection of material and financial aid for the population of Turkey affected by the deadly earthquakes. The same action was organized by citizens of the Turkish community in Mamushë, with the organization of the non-governmental association "Kosova Turkleri - Insani Yardım Vakfı."
One of the initiators of the aid collection campaign, Buyar Morina, said that in coordination with the Embassy of Turkey in Kosovo, citizens have been suggested to bring clothes, shoes, blankets, things for children and things necessary for babies.
Vedat Muriqi, a well know Kosovar footballer and former player of the Turkish Super League at Fenerbahce, also has donated 15,000 Euro for the latest Earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Symbolic support also came from a Sarajevo artist Mihadat Kapetanovič, who showed through his illustrations how we in the region have once again united in solidarity to help the most vulnerable.
If you know of any action of solidarity with Syria and Turkey that we did not write about, please let us know to spread the story and provide as much support as possible.
Don't forget to offer help and solidarity yourself - when, where and as much as possible.