Disaster Recovery Initiatives to Help Türkiye and Syria

These are the recently known ways to help the recovery efforts in the wake of multiple large earthquakes in Southeast Türkiye and Northern Syria on February 6, 2023. The earthquakes of magnitudes 7.7, 7.5, and 6.0 have left cities leveled, with thousands of lives lost and missing. More than 5,500 buildings have collapsed and more than 10,000 are in danger of collapsing. 

This is a list of initiatives and organizations that have already are working with Turkish peers to help the survivors or are on the ground helping with disaster recovery activities.

Your contribution is expected and needed. Every hour counts to find more living people under debris and / or to help the recovery of the hit by the devastating earthquake regions of Turkey and Syria. 

Initiatives from Bulgaria

The Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye

Bank: T.C. Ziraat Bankasi A.S. SOFIA BRANCH
Account name: Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye
Account in BGN – IBAN: BG64TCZB93501010150300
Account in EUR – IBAN: BG89TCZB93501410150302

Bulgarian-Turkish Trade and Industrial Chamber

Their bank Account is: IBAN BG03TCZB93501010180401

BCause Foundation

BCause Foundation opens an appeal for aid to Türkiye. They get information about what is happening from the local organization TUSEV (CAF International partner). At the moment they also work with three local organizations validated by CAF International:

  • Molham Volunteering Team: a student volunteer organization that launched an emergency fund to support the victims, and hundreds of volunteers are helping on the ground to rescue people in the ruins.
  • Temel Ihtiyac Dernegi (TIDER – Basic Needs Association): A food bank in Turkey that supplies food and water to the victims.As TIDER, we are in contact with our food banks in earthquake zones. Our preparations for the supply and shipment of the products that may be needed are continuing. You can contact us to give support.
  • Toplum Gonulluleri Vakfi: Organization that mobilizes 16,000 volunteers from all over Türkiye on behalf of the Disaster Coordination Community. Donations will go towards mobilizing and supplying the volunteers in their work to assist affected communities.
Bulgarian Red Cross

Bank Account in BGN: IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913
About: За пострадалите от земетресението в Турция.
SMS to 1466 for all mobile operators in Bulgaria

The chief muftiship of the Muslim confession in the Republic of Bulgaria

Bank: Commercial Bank D (Търговска Банка Д)
IBAN: BG72DEMI92401000232957
Reason: helping the victims of the earthquake (в помощ на пострадалите от земетресението)

Manol Peykov’s Donation Campaign

Bank: Commercial Bank D (Търговска Банка Д)
Holder: Манол Костадинов Пейков
Reason: helping the victims of the earthquake (в помощ на пострадалите от земетресението)

PayPal: [email protected]

The National Association of the Volunteers in Bulgaria (НАДРБ)

NAVB has already sent 20 volunteers in Turkiye. The group consists for well-trained professionals in tracking, saving, and first-aid. They need funds for fuel, consumables, and medicine:

Bank Account of NAVB (Сдружение “Национална асоциация на доброволците в Република България”)
Bank: UniCredit Bulbank AD
IBAN: BG11 UNCR 7000 1522 2002 11

Gorata.bg Foundation

IBAN: BG74RZBB91551011840078
Reason: Earthquake
Scope: carpets, raincoats, food, medicine, children care, rescuers’ equipment


Direct donation at the Kauzi.bg platform organied by Lazar Radkov – here

Initiatives in Türkiye

U.S. Commercial Service, Türkiye Message

How can you help? 

  1. You may wish to make a financial donation, which is the quickest and easiest way to get aid to those in need. There are many organizations working to collect donations, including the two listed below. (While we cannot formally endorse these organizations, we know them to be reputable and active in the disaster zones.)
    1. Red Crescent Türkiye
    1. AKUT (Turkish non-governmental organization for disaster search and rescue relief):
  • Alternatively, you may wish to donate consumer goods / materials / medication supplies.
    • ONLY items listed in this linked announcement are accepted at the Turkish Embassy in Washington or Turkish Consulates across the U.S. by mail or through in-person drop off
  • Certain organizations in the disaster recover field may wish to donatedisaster relieftechnology, equipment,and/orservicesat scale.
    •  Please contact us at [email protected] and we will liaise with the Turkish government to determine need and logistics.

Every hour counts at this point to save lives. Thank you for your help in advance. 

For all questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: [email protected]

Best Regards,

U.S. Commercial Service, Türkiye
U.S. Embassy Ankara