Last month, I traveled to the regions in Southeast Turkiye profoundly impacted by the February 6th earthquakes. While it was a deeply moving experience, witnessing the resilient spirit of the community firsthand has been truly inspiring. The immediate aftermath of such a tragedy is always overwhelming, but as the dust begins to settle, the long-term needs come sharply into focus.
From day one, TPF has been on the front lines, working closely with local organizations and community members. We’ve gauged the depth of the devastation and understood that the path to complete recovery might span a decade. But our recent visit revealed more than just physical ruin; it showcased the invincible will of those who’ve remained. While about 3 million have left the region, more than 2.5 million people still live in tent and container cities, holding on to hope and the heritage of their cities.
To stand next to each one of them, going forward sustainability will be the key driving force for all of TPF’s support in the region and we will prioritize supporting the local economy, cultural preservation, and psychosocial well-being. This includes ensuring:
- Ongoing funds for regional programs
- Employment for locals to boost economic recovery
- Protection and promotion of the region’s rich cultural heritage
- Comprehensive mental support for all, from NGO workers to quake victims; and
- Special attention to children, ensuring they aren’t left to bear the brunt of this disaster
Thanks to your generous contributions, we’ve made tangible progress. Shelters have risen, medical aid has been dispatched, and food supplies are meeting immediate needs. However, beyond these immediate necessities, there is an undeniable need for sustained support. And, our long-term vision encompasses:
1. Education: Committing to not just traditional schooling, but also life skills training to prepare the next generation.
2. Livelihoods through Heritage Preservation: Revitalizing local businesses and cultural heritage to spur economic growth and community pride.
3. Psychosocial Support: Recognizing the long-lasting trauma of the earthquakes and the need for robust mental health initiatives.
4. Support for Children with Disabilities: Standing by the side of those who’ve suffered physical losses, ensuring a future without bounds.
We’re on a mission to rebuild, uplift, and empower.
But this journey requires continued support. I invite you to further our cause – share our stories, donate, or amplify the needs of this resilient region. Together, we can ensure that this community not only recovers but thrives.
From the depths of my heart, thank you for standing by TPF and the people of Turkiye during these trying times. Your compassion and generosity have illuminated our path forward. For continuous updates, I encourage you to follow TPF’s social channels, where we showcase our combined efforts and the lives transformed.
TPF Executive Director