Relief Distributions Continue
- Now over six months after the tragedy, Samaritan’s Purse is still helping the many families living in tents. We are working through local partners to clean and maintain the 120 mobile hygiene containers, each complete with three showers, three toilets, and sinks, which we installed earlier in the year. Through these partners, we also distributed 21,000 items including refrigerators, fans, and shade kits to help relieve discomfort from the extreme heat, and constructed 220 furnished living containers to provide more permanent housing for displaced families.
- Our medical team treated more than 8,000 patients from the opening of the Emergency Field Hospital on Feb. 13 through March 31.
- Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham, along with his son, Edward, visited our Emergency Field Hospital on Feb. 18 to encourage patients and our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members.
Samaritan’s Purse established a 52-bed Emergency Field Hospital in Turkey, accepting dozens of patients within hours of opening Feb. 13. The mobile hospital included two emergency operating rooms, four intensive care unit beds, and a pharmacy.
About 100 staff have been deployed in Turkey as part of our DART, including 22 Canadians, which includes doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel.
If you are interested in joining our DART roster to be a part of these types of disaster responses, click here to apply.
We’ve also distributed thousands of tents as well as mattresses, solar lanterns, and hygiene kits (including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, and more) in partnership with First Hope Association. Through these local Christian partners, teams have also distributed 10,000 dignity kits containing feminine hygiene supplies and 10,000 maternity kits with resources for infants. In addition, these partners helped us distribute food to some 40,000 households.
More than 50,000 people were killed and tens of thousands are injured in Turkey and Syria as homes and other buildings were toppled by massive earthquakes on Feb. 6.
Thousands of the injured have been brought to our field hospital, including Sare*, who injured her leg while jumping out of a window during the earthquake, and including Mustafa* who was pulled from the rubble after eight days of being trapped without food or water.
Samaritan’s Purse airlifted the mobile hospital and dozens of medical personnel to Turkey on Feb. 9 to address the urgent physical needs of families suffering in the wake of this natural disaster. Hospital components were then transported to Antakya in southern Turkey, historically known as Antioch. In this area, where believers were first called Christians.
We need your prayers. Pray for the people of Turkey and pray that Samaritan’s Purse and our team will be able to love them and care for them. Pray that they’ll know there’s a God in Heaven who loves them as well.—Franklin Graham
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