Volunteers coordinated supplies of blankets and gas heaters to send to people who remain homeless.
The massive loss of life and ongoing needs continue to take their toll in Turkey and Syria one month after the devastating earthquakes. Watching the disaster from afar, Divakaran Ammanath initiated the idea to send aid to Turkey. As President of Amma Kuwait, he was quickly able to connect with others who wished to help.
“I contacted the Turkish embassy, and they directed me to authorities at a collection centre in Kuwait. Their request was not food items but things such as tents, heaters, and lighters. Our volunteers helped find wholesalers who could provide us with a competitive price and then we initiated the purchase,” said Mr. Ammanath.
“Many others came forward with their generous contributions. I also contacted our like-minded friends who were looking to help but didn’t know how. With a clear plan in place, they came in numbers to donate.”
The Amma Kuwait team coordinated with people to deliver blankets and heaters and then contacted the collection centre and Turkish Embassy officials to meet at a particular time for delivery. The support totalled 210 blankets and seven gas heaters.
One month has passed from the date of the terrible earthquake called by The World Health Organization as the “worst natural disaster” in the European region for a century. About 14 million people have been affected, which is one sixth of the country’s population. At least 1.5 million people are now homeless. Now, Turkey is facing the daunting task of rebuilding flattened cities and deliver essential supplies to people in need.