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FH Responds to Earthquake Emergency in Syria

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WRITTEN BY Robbie Peterson

On February 6, multiple earthquakes hit southern Turkey and Syria. More than 5,900 people were killed in Syria, and an additional 2 million people within government-held areas of the country remain severely affected by the earthquakes.

Food for the Hungry, FH, Emergency Response after earthquake disaster
Many homes and other buildings were reduced to rubble by the earthquakes. Because churches were better constructed, many sustained only superficial damage and are now being used to shelter survivors.

Many of those affected in Syria are unable to return to their homes in the aftermath of  the earthquake, residing in temporary shelters in harsh winter temperatures. A World Food Programme assessment found that 76 percent of people in the shelters in Aleppo – approximately 11,000 people – are reliant on humanitarian aid for their food needs. And 30 percent of those, many of them children, were receiving one meal or less per day due to insufficient quantities available.

Food for the Hungry Emergency Response
Welcome supplies of warm blankets arrive by semi-trailer truck for the first distribution on Feb. 11, less than a week after the earthquakes hit. Children are safe and warm in a shelter after receiving the blankets, made possible by generous donations to Food for the Hungry.

Food security offices in Syria report that “urgent funding is required to replenish food stocks and scale up the response,” estimating that the emergency food response will be needed for the next 3–6 months to address emergency food assistance needs of earthquake-affected people.

Since the earthquake emergency struck in Syria, generous donors have already made it possible for Food for the Hungry (FH) to:

  • Provide immediate emergency food baskets. More than 3,000 food baskets have been delivered already, and more than 5,000 additional baskets are on the way. 
  • Keep families healthy by distributing personal hygiene kits.
  • Distribute warm blankets, jackets, and diaper bags with needed provisions to those displaced. 3,500 blankets have already been distributed, with plans to provide 7,500 more in coming weeks.
  • Replenish food stocks and address specific needs of earthquake-affected people.
Food for the Hungry (FH) responding to an emergency in Syria after damage from earthquakes
Workers unload packages from trucks while others distribute the blankets for children and families staying in the shelters, above. Below, children happily open the much-needed items and quickly put them to use during the first distribution on Feb. 11.

Food for the Hungry has decades of experience in responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes, famine, and earthquakes, as well as war outbreaks and epidemics. When you give to Emergency Disaster Relief, you help people of all ages, who are in the midst of an immediate crisis – whether natural or manmade. FH frequently responds to crises in places where we have existing relationships, as we do in Syria. Because we’re already in communication with local families and leaders, we’re often best equipped to respond quickly


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