IKEA Foundation and Better Shelter partner to bring relief in Türkiye and Syria

The IKEA Foundation commits €10 million to emergency relief efforts in Türkiye and Syria. The grant funds 5,000 RHUs to support the most vulnerable people who are left without a home in freezing temperatures.

The number of casualties confirmed continues to climb, one week after the devastating 7.8 magnitude Türkiye-Syria earthquake and rescue operations continue to pull people caught beneath the rubble.

The 5,000 RHUs will provide temporary housing, ensuring that affected people, families and communities are sheltered under safe and dignified conditions, but more aid is required.

We are now urging donors to match the €10 million grant to increase all support for affected communities.
National and international rescue operations were underway immediately following the disaster in Syria. ©Ali Haj Suleiman

“”The generous support of the IKEA Foundation will give crucial protection to many thousand people in this difficult time.”

Johan Karlsson, Managing Director, Better Shelter

In Syria, the delivery of critical aid has been delayed by the decades-long war that has already displaced 13 million people.

“As the devastating impact of the earthquake further unfolds, it becomes clear that our collective efforts are required to support the many children and families who are left without a home and access to basic necessities of life.”

Per Heggens, CEO, IKEA Foundation

For survivors in both countries, living conditions are a challenge. Hundreds of thousands are left without a home, and are seeking shelter in cars, markets, mosques, and in open air spaces like parking lots and in the streets.

Humanitarian assistance continues to flow in to support the people affected by the disaster, becoming more vulnerable in the cold winter temperatures.

If you represent a business, organisation, or individual and would like to make a large donation to Better Shelter’s emergency response in Türkiye and Syria, please contact our team now at give@bettershelter.org or +46840925010.

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