Expanding Our Reach: New Initiatives in Kahramanmaras Earthquake Relief

It has been over eight months since the devastating Kahramanmaras earthquakes, and we have been working tirelessly to make a positive impact in the region. Thanks to the generous support of our growing community in the UK and abroad, we have been able to support 82 local civil society organisations with over £2.8 million in grants, all in an effort to stand in solidarity with the survivors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters for making this possible.

We are introducing three new additions to our Kahramanmaras Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund:

We are providing £30,000 to TEGV to provide bicycles to 267 children living in container homes in Hatay. This initiative recognises the power of cycling as an effective way for children to socialise, engage in outdoor activities, play games with peers, and boost their self-confidence. By promoting cycling, it is our goal to enhance the social skills of these children and contribute to their psychosocial well-being.

We are providing £14,750 to Kırkayak Culture, Art and Nature Association will distribute 250 shopping cards with a balance of TRY 1,500 and hygiene kits worth TRY 1,000 each to 125 families following a needs assessment in Gaziantep, Hatay, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Sanliurfa, and Adiyaman.

We are providing £50,000 to Argüden Governance Academy to support the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Monitoring (Zümrüdüanka/Phoenix) Platform, an initiative led by professionals from international development banks, that brings together citizens, civil society organisations, and stakeholders to ensure public oversight and participation in the rebuilding of 11 earthquake-affected provinces. The platform, acting as a vital link between good governance expertise and grassroots civil society influence, will monitor the reconstruction process, and foster civic engagement, while promoting accountability and sustainability.

We encourage you to stay tuned for further updates about the projects we support, and kindly remember to subscribe to our newsletter. We are immensely grateful for your ongoing support, which enables us to continue our vital work in helping those affected by the Kahramanmaras earthquakes.