Earthquake in Turkey
On the morning of February 6th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria killing at least 50 000 people.
As the death toll keeps rising everyday, thousands of families are homeless.
Many people, including children and pregnant women are displaced and remain outside in streets and open areas. During those time, children are especially vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and violence.
With the help of three brilliant young girls (Bahar, 16, Hatice 16 and Toprak 20), I have been documenting the amazing work of a citizen initiative from Istanbul called Kaf Kolektif.
With the help from volunteers from Istanbul, local and international organisations such as Water Mission, World Central Kitchen and All hands and hearts KAF KOLEKTIF set up an open kitchen, serve about 10.000 meal/day, organise workshops, activities and cinema nights for about 250 children and provide clean water and toilets that are linked to a sewage system to the people of Sümer Mahallesi.
But they there are still a lot of needs to be provided:
Shelters and most urgently tents to house families
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Special care and protection spaces for children with disabilities.
Spaces for the protection of children against violence, kidnapping, human trafficking and organ theft.
Health care and nutrition for pregnant women
Child protection, and education programs
Chronic conditions prevention programs
Long term and sustainable capacity building training programs