Supporting Women and Children

through Disaster Relief and Community Engagement

Earthquake Relief Underway in Turkey

As many are aware, there were two devastating earthquakes affecting Turkey on Monday, Feb. 6. The first was magnitude-7.8 and hit southern Turkey at 7:17am and was followed 11 minutes later by a magnitude-6.7 aftershock. There was a reprieve for nine hours and then “a magnitude-7.5 earthquake rocked the region at 1:24pm local time. The numbers of those killed and injured are rising daily, and torrential rain and frigid temperatures are making the situation that much worse.

The situation in both areas is dire. At the epicenter of the disaster, the temperature at night drops to -8 degrees (C), and survivors pulled from the ruins literally have nothing to protect them from the cold.

AMURTEL has begun relief efforts in Turkey, focusing first on getting blankets and food to survivors. Our teams area also preparing to set up Psychological Trauma counseling centers along with Child Friendly Spaces.

All donations to support this work are much appreciated.


AMURTEL, directed and managed by women, provides disaster relief and works with women and children to build local capacity. With a focus on community self-direction, our projects target progressive education, financial self-sufficiency, health, and the creation of nurturing homes for children in need.



AMURTEL provides immediate disaster relief in the aftermath of natural and human-made disasters. Partnering with other organizations, we provide basic needs to the affected communities, including food, and medical care and post-disaster cleanup. To support recovery from trauma, we establish child friendly spaces and provide psychosocial support.