Ways to Help Turkey and Syria

by SHOWstudio on 10 February 2023

Following the news of the devastating earthquake that's hit Turkey and Syria, we've put together a list of charities who are asking for donations to help those most affected.

Following the news of the devastating earthquake that's hit Turkey and Syria, we've put together a list of charities who are asking for donations to help those most affected.

SHOWstudio wholeheartedly stands in support of those affected by the devastating earthquakes on the Turkish-Syrian border that have reached a 7.8 magnitude. As of Friday 10 February, more than 21,000 people have been confirmed dead with that number only expected to exponentially rise due to the 72 hour window for finding those trapped under rubble alive has now passed.

Although it can be difficult to know how to best respond and assist the victims on the ground, shelter, food, warmth and other essential supplies are still needed to aid people's safety during this time. Find below a SHOWstudio compiled list of confirmed donation links that are sending relief to those impacted by this natural disaster that has tragically altered the lives of more than 20 million people.


  • Syria Civil Defence (otherwise known as The White Helmets) is a volunteer organisation that operates in parts of opposition-controlled Syria and in Turkey. Since being founded in nine years ago, they have saved upwards of 120,000 lives. To donate, click here.
  • Ahbap Association aims to provide aid to people in need. They are actively working on providing material and financial assistance and also supporting search and rescue efforts in the field; they also handily allow for cryptoasset donations. To donate, click here.
  • AFAD (Ministry for Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency) is an institution working to prevent disasters and minimise disaster-related damages, plan and coordinate a post-disaster response and promote cooperation. They too accept cryptoasset donations. To donate, click here.
  • Needs Map was established in 2015 as a non-profit organisation that helps to bring people in need together with individuals, institutions and organisations. They provide coordination and material support to those in need and crisis management during natural disasters. Cryptoasset donations are accepted. To donate, click here.
  • Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) was founded in 2002 and is guided by the motto 'under the leadership of the youth, under the guidance of adults' which, in turn, creates a space for young people to realise projects that produce solutions to social problems by providing social responsibility training. Cryptoasset donations are accepted. To donate, click here.
  • BTC TURK have also created AidWallets so you can exclusively use your cryptoassets to donate, linking various charities like the ones mentioned above in addition to Basic Needs Association (TIDER), Support to Life (Hayata Destek) and the Turkish Red Crescent (KIZILAY). For detailed wallet information, click here.


  • Choose Love have teamed up with partners to assist with rescue and other essential aid needed. To do this, the charity has started an emergency fundraiser to help their partners with urgent funds to pull people and babies out of destroyed buildings and provide emergency medical care, food and shelter. To donate, click here.
  • British Red Cross have launched a crisis appeal, working in conjunction with the Turkish Red Crescent and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. To donate, click here.
  • Oxfam have also launched a Turkey-Syria earthquake appeal, joining many other charities in partnering with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help those affected on the ground. They are focusing their efforts on providing 'protection, water and sanitation, shelter and food', while also assessing the longer-term needs of people in the aftermath of so much destruction. To donate, click here.


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