Turkish charity based in London tops £1million in donations

Providing drinking water and hot meals to survivors of the earthquake in Turkey

The Turkey Mozaik Foundation, a charity set up by a group of friends who are Turkish ex-pats working and living in London, has now raised more than £1 million to help with disaster relief following the earthquake which has devastated a huge area of Turkey and Syria.

The charity was set up six years ago to support a variety of civil society projects in Turkey and works by raising money to support local charities on the ground. Through them the Turkey Mozaik Foundation has brought water to rural villages, they are supplying hot food and buying container homes to create living spaces for healthcare professionals and volunteers providing healthcare services to survivors.

One of the charity’s founders and trustees, Nilufer Atalay, told The Chiswick Calendar last week:

“For this campaign, we will continue to work closely with representatives and support networks of Turkey Mozaik Foundation grantee partners to ensure that funds are directed to carefully selected organisations on the ground for maximum impact.”

Images above: Tent distribution; Portable latrines; Support to Life

At that point they had raised £150,000 on the first day after the earthquake struck. The BBC spotted our story and interviewed Nilufer on BBC World TV and Radio London.

“Donations suddenly jumped” she told us, “thank you for your help in spreading the word for our work.”

The charity has now raised £1,186,624 at time of writing, which includes some hefty donations from big corporations.

In an update on their Just Giving page on Monday 13 February the Foundation writes:

“Today we are announcing the funds new grantees: We are providing GBP 17,580 to the Food Rescue Association (Gıda Kurtarma Derneği), and GBP 15,000 to the Lokman Hekim Health Foundation (Lokman Hekim Sağlık Vakfı).

“Food Rescue Association (Gida Kurtarma Dernegi) will supply vacuum seal containers which are critical to ensure that healthy hot meals can be transported and distributed to survivors in Malatya, Adıyaman and Hatay, in line with hygiene rules and food safety.

“Lokman Hekim Health Foundation (Lokman Hekim Saglik Vakfi) will purchase six container homes to create living spaces for healthcare professionals and volunteers working in Hatay to stay and rest, in order to improve their conditions and the healthcare services provided to survivors.”

Image above: TOKTUT – (Toktut’mak Elimizde Derneği) @toktutorg, one of the grantees of The Mozaik Foundation’s Kahramanmaras Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund, providing hot meals to the survivors in the areas affected by the earthquake.

Now the focus is on keeping survivors alive and healthy. Last week it was on search and rescue. They passed £145,000 on to four organisations working on the ground: Needs Map, TOKTUT, AKUT Search and Rescue Association, Support to Life.

“At the moment, we very much remain focused on short-term relief but have also started to develop a pipeline and conversations with organisations to address medium- and long-term needs.

“The scale of destruction is vast and needs on the ground are extraordinary so even though our campaign has exceeded £1 million we have no plans to slow down our fundraising and would appreciate your continued support and contribution.”

The Turkey Mozaik Foundation has very low costs itself as the trustees are all volunteers.

Their Just Giving page is here: justgiving.com

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