A resource list for ways to support the people of Turkey and Syria

With our sister company Creative Lives in Progress, we’ve compiled a list of ways to support those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

23 February 2023

The two earthquakes that struck southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria in quick succession earlier this month have left tens of thousands dead and millions more displaced. It has been described by humanitarian organisations as the worst natural disaster in the region for a century. Survivors are now facing freezing conditions and are in urgent need.

Along with our sister company Creative Lives in Progress, we’re sharing a growing list of useful resources to help the people of Turkey and Syria. The list includes charities to donate to, collection points, and fundraisers, as well as active sales and events. We’ve also put together some useful resources that offer advice on where and how to donate, and share warnings around the places sharing misinformation.

If you have a suggestion that you’d like us to add to this list, then please email aa@itsnicethat.com with the subject line “Turkey and Syria resource list”.

Collected resources and information

Gov.uk has published a guide on what you can do to help, offering advice on safely donating to charities providing humanitarian relief in Turkey and Syria

The Guardian has flagged the challenges of misinformation surrounding the relief effort, and spoke to Full Fact, who have published a toolkit explaining how to spot and stop false social media posts

NPR has outlined ways to make sure your donation will do the most good for earthquake survivors

Womena has shared a useful list of resources

The Slacktivists has outlined some ways you can help on its social channel

Breaking Barriers UK has put together a list of services and organisations people can turn to for help

Charities, donations and collection points

DEC is collecting donations for the DEC appeal, which will allow DEC charities and local partners to scale up their response and reach more people

Unicef has launched the Turkey and Syria Earthquake fund, working with partners to identify unaccompanied children and reunite them with family

Choose Love has opened an emergency campaign to provide emergency search and rescue, and to provide emergency medical care, food and shelter

AKUT Search and Rescue Association has opened donations to help raise money for search and rescue in Turkey

Save the Children has opened the Children’s Emergency Fund to distribute tents and winter kits, and provide fuel and health centres

Where to donate

Kerning Cultures has published a list of where to donate

The White Helmets, a volunteer organisation operating in parts of opposition-controlled Syria and in Turkey

Azeema has shared some information on its Instagram page

KLAB has compiled a donation sheet with useful resources

@yyyaaasssmeen has shared donation points on Instagram Stories Highlights

Refugee Week has compiled a spreadsheet of resources sharing the organisations delivering ongoing emergency support

Laylit has created a spreadsheet listing places to send donations

Syria Earthquake Emergency Response has published a useful donations spreadsheet

Muslims of the World has shared the Launch Good campaign

Ahbap has a donation point

Time has listed the ways to help and places to donate


LGBTQIA+ Earthquake Solidarity has launched a queer relief fund for LGBTQIA+ and sex worker survivors of the disaster

Global house music collective Eastenderz has put out a fundraising compilation available on Bandcamp, with 100 per cent of the release’s proceeds to be donated directly to Ahbap

Refugee charity Choose Love has organised a fundraiser with all proceeds to be donated to partner organisations on the ground. All donations will be doubled up to the value of $50,000

Choose Love are also selling a T-shirt designed by artist Charlie Mackesy, with a minimum of £15 from the sale of each T-shirt going to partner organisations’ earthquake relief efforts


Middle Eastern and Arab Artist Collective 0602 Project are organising a print sale of art donated by artists, with 100 per cent of the profits to be split across NGOs Basmeh & Zeitooneh, Molham Team, Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Syrian Child Protection Network (Hurras)

Suez Studio is donating all profits from their Keffiyeh Bucket Hats to Save The Children Emergency Relief Fund for the next few weeks

Amp Art Store has organised a print sale, running until 9 April, with prints available for a donation of £80 each. 80 per cent of proceeds will be donated directly to Unicef’s Turkey and Syria Earthquakes Appeal, with the remaining 20 per cent used for printing and shipping

Arts platform Open Space are organising an art auction which will continue until it hits £15,000, proceeds from which will be split between British Red Cross, Ahbap, Akut and Charities Aid Foundation

Embroidery and print service providers The Embroidery Barn has produced a limited run of T-shirts, with all proceeds going to The Disasters Emergency Committee

Holloway Model Bakery is organising an earthquake relief bake sale, with all proceeds to be shared between Choose Love, Ahbap and Medico International (Sunday 26 Feb, Finsbury Park, north London)

Art gifting platform Ginger Zebra is selling a custom-made print by artist Naomi Handy, and have pledged 50 per cent of every sale to Choose Love’s Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal


Harem of No One & friends, a queer collective of Turkish, Kurdish and Middle-Eastern heritage performers, is organising a fundraiser night in support of queer earthquake victims. All proceeds will be donated to LGBTQIA+ Earthquake Solidarity (Friday 3 March, Bethnal Green, east London)


Translators Without Borders is providing translation and communication assistance to NGOs, community groups and individuals supporting earthquake relief efforts

Translators Without Borders are also looking for volunteer translators

Arts platform Open Space is also seeking donations of art they can sell to raise funds for their chosen charities British Red Cross, Ahbap, Akut and Charities Aid Foundation

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