ACT Appeal Turkey Earthquake Relief METR91


Appeal Target: US$ 173,744
(Total Project Value: US$ 1,040,300)
Geneva, 27 August, 1999

Dear Friends,

The killer earthquake which struck north-west Turkey in the early hours of Tuesday, August 17, left a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Current reports put the death toll at over 14,000 and around 44,000 injured. Some 35,000 missing are presumably buried under the rubble. Destruction to residential buildings and other property is extensive. In economic terms, the loss is phenomenal, as the epicentre of the quake was in Izmit, which is at the core of Turkey's industrial heartland.

ACT member churches - the Ecumenical Patriarchate, (Greek Orthodox Church); the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Istanbul; the Syrian Orthodox Church, Archdiocese of Istanbul; and the Near East Mission Office of the United Church of Christ (USA) Board for World Ministries, together with other churches and church bodies formed the Christian Churches in Turkey Steering Committee for Disaster Relief to respond to the needs of disaster victims.

The committee raised resources from within its own constituencies which was supplemented by US$ 50,000 from the ACT Rapid Response Funds, to address some of the immediate needs. Hospitals owned by the churches also treated the injured after the quake. ACT members now propose to provide shelter (winterized tents fitted with heating stoves) and other basic needs to around 500 families in Izmit, Adapazari and other affected areas.

ACT member, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), which participated in a visit by ACT Coordinating Office staff, will extend technical assistance to the churches for the program. The program will be coordinated by the American Board of the Near East Mission Office of the United Church of Christ (USA) Board for World Ministries.

In light of the immense needs, ACT members - Dutch Interchurch Aid (DIA) and the Lutheran World Federation/Department of World Service (LWF/DWS) are expected to initiate programs to reinforce capacity and infrastructure for the long term.

Of the US$ 1,040,300 Total Project Value, the ACT Coordinating Office has already received US$ 866,556 in pledges from the ACT Network and other Donors. We express our gratitude to the donors for their generous support.

Please kindly send your contributions to the ACT bank account.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit application(s) for back-donor (EU, USAID, Government, etc.) funding and the subsequent results.

For further information, please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (phone 41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone ++ 41 79 203 6055)
ACT Appeals Officer, Neville Pradhan (phone +41 22 791 6035 or mobile phone ++ 41 79 285 2916)

ACT Web Site address: http://www.act-intl.org

Rev. Myra Blyth
WCC/Cluster on Relations
Miriam Lutz
ACT Co-ordinator
Rev. Rudolf Hinz
LWF/World Service