The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria has directly affected over 26 million people, with the death toll exceeding over 50,000 people. The disaster caused detrimental affects to the cities, collapsing buildings, damaging houses, roads, bridges and hospitals and leaving thousands of individuals displaced and left without their homes.
Humanitarian aid and rescue teams have been on the ground trying their best to help the victims and according to the British Red Cross, 3000 people have been placed in temporary shelters whilst over 380,000 people have been moved to school and education facilities.
In London, Save Our World and Hafs Academy worked together to organise a donation drive and sent a container to support people affected by the earthquake in Syria. The Leiho team was able to drop off over 285 items of essentials to Hafs Academy in Marylebone and helped the volunteers organise and package some of the donations. The essentials donated included fleece blankets, socks, underwear, nappies, sanitary pads, toiletries as well canned food. We were amazed to see the amount of donations that was dropped off by the local community on the day. The donations were then organised, labelled and packaged into big boxes that were transported over to the affected areas in Northern Syria by a big container truck. These disaster relief initiatives are a great example of the local communities coming together to lend a hand and support those in need. Thank you to the Hafs Academy and Save Our World for organising this donation drive.