Earthquakes in Turkey & How You Can Help
Trustworthy Sources to Donate and How Even Little Donations Mean Big
As of today, a total of 21k people have died in Turkey with 80k injured (24k dead including Syria). Perhaps 180k more lie under the rubble waiting to be rescued. The situation is extremely grave and there are millions of people on the streets with limited access to water, shelter, and food.
Many of you have asked how you can support rescue efforts and help those who are fighting the battle for survival on the streets and in hospitals. There are two easy ways you can make a big difference:
Donate to NGOs.
Spread the word on social media with your family, friends, and colleagues.
Donating to Ahbap.org is the best place to make a contribution.
This NGO is run by Haluk Levent, a well-known artist in Turkey who has been doing charity work and disaster relief for the past few decades. He and his organization have been at the earthquake area since the first day while it has taken at least two days for government support to arrive (in some places 4, and certain places like villages still do not have government support).
How much should you donate? Simply, any amount will do. Especially considering the parity between USD/EUR/GBP and Turkish Lira (1 EUR = 20 TRY). Here is a quick chart showing what a donation of €10 can buy in Turkey (bought in bulk).
Please do NOT donate to government organizations! They are ineffective at best, and corrupt at worst. Ahbap.org is the way to go.
Secondly, raising awareness about the disaster is key to the volume of donations and material support that arrive in the area. Please forward this email to your loved ones, the companies you work for, and your wider social network.
You can also retweet/share on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram:
Thank you for your support, please stay safe.
ps, I’ve previously talked about some of the causes of such big loss in human life & potential areas where AAM can save lives. If you are interested to learn more about what drones, eVTOLs, electrification, and UTM can do, check out my thread on Twitter: