“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
On February 6, a deadly magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey, followed by aftershocks as large as magnitude 7.5. Tragically, this disaster has killed over 50,000 men, women, and children in countries throughout the region. More than 108,000 people have suffered injuries and 300,000 people are displaced from their homes.
During any disaster, clean, safe water is critical. It helps prevent the spread of waterborne illnesses, which are especially deadly to young children. With more than 20 years of experience responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, Water Mission has an extensive background in providing immediate and long-term safe water solutions.
Water Mission’s Disaster Assistance Response Team deployed to Turkey within days of the deadly disaster to assess urgent water, sanitation, and hygiene needs. Thanks to your support, our experts now have safe water flowing to people in need.
But many other people still lack access to this critical resource. So, back at Water Mission headquarters in N. Charleston, SC, staff and volunteers have shipped additional lifesaving equipment and supplies to the region, including five emergency water treatment systems, each capable of producing 10,000 gallons of water per day. Shipments also include water quality testing kits to ensure water is safe to consume, tap stand kits and jerry cans for water distribution, and hygiene kits to help keep people healthy.
Please pray for the people of Turkey and the surrounding region, and for our staff responding to this urgent situation. We also invite you to consider supporting Water Mission’s relief efforts to bring safe water to those impacted by the earthquakes in Turkey.
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