Vitoria (EFE).- Nine non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in the Basque Country are working on the ground in Turkey and Syria, the two countries affected by the earthquake that has caused thousands of deaths.
These NGDOs carry out stable cooperation projects in the area that have been affected.
They are also already carrying out various emergency interventions and humanitarian actions, such as channeling aid, sending medicines, medical supplies and personnel, or supporting reconstruction.
The nine NGOs in Turkey after the earthquake
The nine NGOs are Action Against Hunger, Médicos del Mundo, Unrwa -the UN agency for Palestinian refugees-, Save the Children, Oxfam Intermón, Cáritas Bizkaia, Alboan, Farmamundi and Manos Unidas (aid in Syria).
In addition to the aid that can be channeled through these NGOs, the Basque Government will send medical supplies to those affected by the earthquake and will cooperate in setting up a field hospital.
The Basque Government will also enable an economic item of 250,000 euros that it will deliver to the United Nations Fund to help those affected.
Six firefighters from Alava have already left to help in Turkey and Syria, plus three toilets, two from Alava and one from Gipuzkoa.
Other aid after the earthquake in Turkey and Syria
In addition, Eroski has launched an emergency aid campaign as of this Thursday throughout its network of stores to support the people affected by these earthquakes.
Customers will be able to make a voluntary donation as they pass through the checkout line for the amount they wish, which will complement the Basque cooperative.
The total amount donated by Eroski and its clients will be channeled to the Unicef emergency fund.
In addition, the DYA of Bizkaia, in collaboration with the Turkish embassy, has started a campaign to collect warm clothes for the victims of the earthquake.
The DYA will collect the clothes at its Garellano headquarters, in Bilbao and at its Santurtzi base, until next February 19.
In Gipuzkoa, the Aita Menni Hospital, in collaboration with the NGO Zaporeak, begins the urgent collection of food for those affected by the earthquake tomorrow.
People who wish to collaborate will be able to deposit food at the Aita Menni hospital in Arrasate (Gipuzkoa), as well as having the possibility of donating money. EFE