Relief in the ruins

As the relief effort in Turkey mounts, international humanitarian organizations are seeking contributions for earthquake victims.

By Fiona Morgan
Published August 23, 1999 3:30PM (UTC)
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The death toll continues to rise in Turkey following one of the worst earthquakes of the
20th century. Tens of thousands of bodies are still being pulled from mangled
buildings in the region around Istanbul and the industrial town of Izmit.
Emergency workers have shifted their efforts from searching for trapped survivors to providing medical treatment to the scores injured. Tens of thousands of Turks left homeless by the quake are camped out in streets and vacant lots, exposed to the serious threat of disease.

Relief agencies are soliciting funds to provide food and water, medical supplies and trained care workers to Turks devastated by the quake. Relief funds will also be used to offset some of the quake's economic side effects by helping to rebuild businesses and factories that have been damaged or destroyed.


Here's a list of organizations accepting aid contributions for Turkey's quake victims:

Adventist Development and
Relief Agency

Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund

12501 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD 20904

(800) 424-2372

American Friends Service

Turkey Earthquake Fund

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(888) 588-2372


American Jewish World Service

Turkish Earthquake Relief Fund

989 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10018

(800) 889-7146

American Red Cross

International Response Fund

P.O. Box 37243

Washington, DC 20013

(800) HELP-NOW

Spanish: (800) 257-7575

Baptist World Aid

Baptist World Alliance

6733 Curran Street

McLean, VA 22101

(703) 790-8980


Catholic Relief

P.O. Box 17090

Baltimore, MD 21203-7090


Church World

Turkey Emergency Response Fund

28606 Phillips Street

P.O. Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515

(800) 297-1516 ext. 222

Direct Relief

Turkey Relief Fund

27 S. La Patera Lane

Santa Barbara, CA 93117

(800) 676-1638


Food for the Hungry International

Turkey Fund

7729 East Greenway Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(800) 2-HUNGER

Holy Land Foundation

525 International Parkway, Suite 509

Richardson, TX 75801

(800) 909-6822

International Aid

17011W. Hickory Street

Spring Lake, MI 49456

(800) 251-2502


Islamic Relief Worldwide

P.O. Box 6098

Burbank, CA 91510

(888) 479-4968

Jewish Joint Distribution

Turkey Earthquake Relief

711 Third Avenue, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10017

(212) 885-0832

Lutheran World Relief

Turkey Earthquake Fund

P.O. Box 17061

Baltimore, MD 21298-9832

(800) LWR-LWR2


Operation USA

Turkey Quake Fund

8320 Melrose Avenue, #200

Los Angeles, CA 90069

(800) 678-7255

United Methodist
Committee on Relief

Turkey Earthquake Fund

475 Riverside Drive, Room 330

New York, NY 10115

(800) 554-8583

U.S. Committee for UNICEF

333 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

(800) FOR-KIDS

World Relief

P.O. Box WRC Dept. 3

Wheaton, IL 60189

(800) 535-5433

Fiona Morgan

Fiona Morgan is an associate editor for Salon News.

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