By Oregon Faith Report,
Two nonprofit organizations based in Oregon are among the hundreds helping survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated parts of Turkey and Syria Feb. 14, claiming the lives of more than 41,000 people.
For a dozen years, Mercy Corps, based in Portland, has offered relief to Northwest Syrians displaced by civil war, where 90 percent of the country’s 4.5 million people depend on humanitarian aid for basic needs such as food, shelter, and clean water, according to OPB. Mercy Corps, which is headquartered in Jordan, has ramped up volunteer efforts even more after the earthquake.
And the volunteer-based Oregon Turkish American Association (ORTA) has collected nearly $8,000 and donations of clothes and medical supplies for the victims of what one member described to OPB as the country’s worst disaster in decades, followed by 100 or so aftershocks. As rescuers search for survivors among the building rubble, the death toll has grown. ORTA has worked with a nonprofit called Ahbap to provide assistance inside Turkey.
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