OM (Operation Mobilization), a global Christian missions organization, is responding to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Türkiye on February 6th, and its aftershocks, affecting people in Türkiye and Syria. This earthquake is reported to be the largest to hit Türkiye since 1939 and its impact has been felt in surrounding countries, including north-west Syria.
In the affected areas, long-standing issues such as poor infrastructure, disrupted telecommunications, and limited resources, have been further weakened by the earthquakes, creating additional challenges for response efforts. The cold weather, expected for this time of year, is also adding serious complications to the situation. Over 4 million people in north-west Syria already depend on humanitarian assistance, with the majority of them being women and children.
OM is focused on reaching least reached people and communities, and that’s why they have responded to the needs of vulnerable people impacted by this earthquake. Through partners on the ground in these areas, who are already engaged with local communities, aid can be delivered quickly to those in need. Our partners are distributing food and water packs, infant formula, essential hygiene packs, and non-food items such as blankets, and heaters, to an estimated 6,000 families who already had so little and have now lost everything.
As OM’s partners evaluate where help is needed, further long-term plans will be developed to assist those people who have limited resources. Through established connections and roots in these communities, OM’s partners are able to assess the long-term needs in the area and respond accordingly. This approach enables OM to engage deeply with people and make a lasting impact in their lives.
OM is appealing to the public to join them in extending a helping hand to those in critical need right now. Generous donations will help support the purchase of food packs, hygiene packs, and heaters, to make an immediate difference in the lives of families during this tragedy. $725,000 is needed to supply 6,000 families.
“Together, we can share God’s love with those who are affected by this devastating earthquake by providing practical aid and support. Please consider giving now,” says OM.
The Operation Mobilization team in Canada invites the public to join them in prayer for the people of Türkiye and Syria and for the work being done to send help. This tragedy has affected so many lives, and OM’s mission is to bring relief and hope to those in need. With your support, they can continue to serve and make a difference in the lives of those affected by this disaster.