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On Monday morning, 6th February 2023, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Turkiye and surrounding regions killed at least 5,000 people, with the number expected to continue to rise. Hundreds of people are still believed to be trapped under rubble as rescue workers search mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.

In Turkiye, more than 3,500 people have died across seven provinces and surrounding areas, with over 22,000 people injured. The death toll is climbing. It is estimated that nearly 6,000 buildings have been destroyed, and a staggering 13 million people are left homeless or displaced with no means to find food, clean water, and shelter.

Many of these families have already suffered through conflict, disaster, and chronic poverty and the effects of the earthquake will now leave thousands-if not millions-of families completely and utterly destitute.

Whilst families struggle to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones and their homes, hospitals also struggle to cope with the enormous influx of casualties and urgently require resources.

As the disaster unfolded, The Zahra Trust’s local field team mobilized to provide immediate support following a rapid needs assessment.

Our local team is on the ground working tirelessly to ensure families receive urgent aid and assistance. So far, we have provided:

  • Food items for hundreds of displaced families
  • Blankets for families left in the cold
  • Medicines and medical equipment
  • Medicine storage units for hospitals.

We need your support to provide relief to the victims of this earthquake.


How we have helped?

As conflict and natural disasters continued to devastate countless lives across the world, The Zahra Trust’s field teams respond swiftly to address the needs of the most vulnerable throughout its areas of operation with life-saving aid. Your donations help us continue to offer a vital lifeline of support to some of the most vulnerable people affected.

  • 2016: The Zahra Trust constructed 27 tents and distributed emergency aid to 135 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
  • 2017: Distributed 500 food parcels to Rohingya families in Myanmar
  • 2018: Provided 400 families with food and financial support in Yemen amidst the famine.
  • 2019: In response to Europe’s migrant crisis, The Zahra Trust held medical camps at two locations in Greece to treat acutely and chronically injured displaced people, with each clinic serving up to 100 patients per day
  • 2020: Built homes for victims of the maternity hospital blast in Kabul and repaired homes of the victims of the devastating Beirut blast
  • 2021: Responded to the deadly new variant of COVID-19 in India that left the nation struggling to cope, providing hospitals with hundreds of oxygen tanks, oximeters and concentrators.
  • 2022: Responded to deadly attack on worshipers at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan; as the first NGO on the scene, we provided both immediate and long-term assistance to those affected
  • 2022: In response to a devastating 6.1 magnitude earthquake killing over one thousand, our team quickly deployed to provide emergency assistance to those impacted by the natural disaster
  • 2022: Responded to extreme flooding in Pakistan & Afghanistan that affected over 33 million people, providing shelter, water, food and hygiene kits

Please support our emergency fund, so we can be on hand immediately to help those most in need, in their greatest time of need.