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Turkey-syria earthquake appeal

Two devastating earthquakes struck south-eastern Turkey near the border with Syria on Monday 6 February 2023. 

Appeal total: £151.8 million, including £5 million in UK Aid Match 

A series of devastating earthquakes hit southern Turkey (now known as Türkiye) and north-west Syria killing at least 44,000 people and injuring many more.

DEC charities and their local partners are responding in both countries, providing urgent help. Immediate priorities have been medical shelter for those who have lost their homes, heating in safe spaces, blankets, warm clothes, and ensuring people have food and clean water. 

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How to donate


Phone: 0370 60 60 610

SMS: Text SUPPORT to 70787 to donate £10.

Post: Send a cheque to DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal, PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA   

Pakistan Floods Appeal

Floods have devastated Pakistan, leaving millions in need of help to survive. Please donate now to help save lives.

Appeal total: £48.8 million, including £5 million in UK Aid Match 

Over 33 million people, approximately 16 million of whom are children, have been affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan. At least 1,600 people have been killed and now waterborne diseases and hunger threaten a second disaster.

Floods have destroyed or badly damaged more than a million homes in Pakistan, sweeping away entire communities, livelihoods, crops, schools and roads. Large areas of the country are still under water and people urgently need food, clean drinking water and shelter. 

DEC charities are working directly or through local partners to help save lives, providing food, temporary shelter, medical aid, clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases. Huge swathes of agricultural land have been affected, with crops swept away and 900,000 livestock killed. 

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Donations have helped DEC charities to deliver vital aid to hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Moldova.

Appeal total: £422.4m, including £25 million matched by the UK Government

In March 2022, the DEC launched an appeal to provide urgent aid to people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, where over 7 million people are now internally displaced and more than 6 million have fled across the border to become refugees.

13 DEC charities are responding to the crisis, providing emergency aid and support to families in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. With funds raised through the appeal they are supplying essential items like food, water and shelter for displaced families and medical support to health facilities including incubators for babies in Ukrainian hospitals.

DEC charities have prioritised helping the most vulnerable people, and empowered local people and organisations to reach them.

About the DEC

When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response. 

The DEC’s 15 member charities are: Action Against Hunger, ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide UK, International Rescue Committee UK, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK. 

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