Emergency Aid for People affected by the Earthquake

Following the severe earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border region on 6 February, Volkshilfe is currently concentrating primarily on the distribution of emergency aid packages in the north of Syria. The project is aimed at people affected by the earthquake in two regions of the Kurdish autonomous administration.

Temporary emergency camps have been set up around Azaz and in the area of Afrin. Most of the people fleeing to these camps come from the city of Jenderis, 80 per cent of which has been destroyed. The partner organisation Sawaedna Suriya is responsible for distributing emergency aid packages in the shelters. Sawaedna already has many years of experience in setting up distribution systems and emergency aid and is providing the following relief supplies:

  • Food parcels
  • Blankets and mattresses
  • Hygiene kits
  • Heating material
  • Baby milk and nappies

In this region, 500 families and 2500 people will be reached.

In the district of Sheikh Maqsoud, a Kurdish-administered neighbourhood in Aleppo, where many buildings were destroyed by the earthquake and more than 60 buildings are no longer habitable and in danger of collapsing, emergency shelters have been set up in large tents, schools or former wedding halls. In Sheikh Maqsoud, the partner organisation Hiro - Center for Dialogue and Rehabilitation Hiro is responsible for organising the procurement and distribution of the following relief supplies and is working in close coordination with other local actors:

  • Food parcels
  • Hygiene kits
  • Baby milk and nappies

In this region, 250 families, 1250 people, will be reached twice a month over a period of 3 months.

A total of 750 families, around 3,750 people, receive direct support through this project. The aid packages are customised to the needs of the families (age and gender).

Project Information

Region: North Syria

Project Partner: Sawaedna Suriya

Funding Bodies: AWO International, Volkshilfe 


Volkshilfe Solidarität
Alicia Allgäuer, Project Manager


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