Turkey and Syria

In February 2023, devastating earthquakes struck south-eastern Turkey and Syria, followed by numerous aftershocks which has caused death and devastation to the countries.

Our thoughts are with our global community of staff, students and alumni who have been affected.

How can I help?


If you want to make a financial donation, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) website has a coordinated fundraising appeal where you can donate.

Visit the DEC appeal


If you wish to fundraise yourself, the Edinburgh Student's Charity Appeal (ESCA) team can offer tools and support for doing so. They may also have information about other fundraising efforts.

Visit the Edinburgh Students' Charity Appeal (ESCA)

Donating with impact

A list of reliable organisations for 'donating with impact' has been compiled by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

View the list

The Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara)

Our partner, Cara, (the Council for At-Risk Academics) launched an urgent appeal to support participants of Cara’s Syria Programme, exiled Syrian academics who have lived in Turkey for years with their families and have been affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Visit Cara's website appeal

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has provided contact information for tracing missing family members in Turkey and Syria.

Visit the America Red Cross' website


Community groups

The University of Edinburgh Turkish Community

The University of Edinburgh Turkish Community has been fundraising to support those affected in Turkey.

Visit the community's Instagram page

Association of Turkish Alumni and Students in Scotland

The ATAS has been involved in various charity appeals related to the earthquakes.

Please visit the ATAS Facebook page to learn more:

ATAS Facebook page