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Turkey and Syria Earthquake: Emergency appeal update

Matt Holderness Portrait Matt Holderness
3 min

Partners helping after the Turkey and Syria Earthquake

It’s been just over two months since powerful earthquakes struck towns and villages near the border between Turkey and Syria. Sadly, tens of thousands of people lost their lives in the immediate aftermath, with many more injured and countless numbers displaced. We responded by raising the profile of a range of our partners on the frontline who needed urgent support.

Thanks to your generosity, those organisations have already been able to alleviate much suffering and share gospel hope with many. However, there is still a desperate need for ongoing support - would you prayerfully consider setting up a regular gift to help our partners as they continue this vital work?

Operation Mobilisation 

A local partner has been able to purchase and deliver over 10 semi-truck loads worth of generators, beds, sleeping bags, blankets, basic food, water, hygiene kits, toys, tents, heaters and fresh bread.

One of their most valuable ministries is running two mobile hygiene trucks that are constantly in use by both victims and relief workers. Hygienic water is used by hundreds of people for showers, toilets and washing clothes. Over 4,000 people benefit from Mobile Hygiene Trailers Daily! 

Operation Mobilisation’s local partner’s mobile oven produces hot bread, pastries and cookies. This kitchen unit also provides breakfast by making unused bread into sandwiches. A pastry chef from Izmir took responsibility for the mobile bakery, and gastronomy students from a university in Ankara have been helping with the mobile bakery team. 

Another local partner also provided a shelter with entire bedding items for fifty families who lost their apartments. Hygiene kits, personal protection items, food boxes and many other goods were also provided for these families as soon as they arrived in their new home.         



Samara’s Aid Appeal

The Samara’s Aid team operating in Syria has been helping those affected by the Turkey and Syria earthquake as well as the ongoing disaster resulting from twelve years of war, economic crisis and sanctions. Many of the people they are reaching out to are homeless and in need of medical, financial and emotional support. Countless people are living in cars and tents in makeshift refuge areas. They are afraid to return to the areas they once lived in because they are still living in fear after the earthquake and many buildings remain unsafe. 



Care and Relief for the Young (CRY)

Soon after becoming aware of the extent of damage in the city of Aleppo, CRY, in partnership with the Armenian Evangelical Bethel Church in Aleppo, immediately acted to help the community. People gripped by fear and left homeless, rushed to the streets, and more than 500 families found shelter in the halls and courtyard of Bethel Church.

Today the needs are still huge, and CRY are continuing to assist by:

  • Distributing food parcels to the families and local teachers in the schools they are connected with. 
  • Providing financial assistance to families left unemployed due to the damages caused by the earthquake.
  • Performing the construction and repair works that are necessary for a return to a normal life.
  • Distributing medicines to individuals aged 70 and over.
  • Implementing special programmes for children’s mental health and distributing milk to under-nurtured children.



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Matt Holderness

Matt joined Stewardship in 2022 with over twenty years of marketing experience from roles at Kendal College and Capernwray Bible School. He has degrees in Business and Marketing, Theology, Management and most recently a Masters in Hermeneutics. 

Through raising awareness of Stewardship’s services, Matt helps people explore the impact their generosity can have on the church and Christian charities. He’s passionate about supporting Evangelism and Bible causes, and has a particular interest in charities that are helping people in Poverty and Debt in the UK.