In the wake of the devastating earthquakes that struck Türkiye in 2023, Hatay Province emerged as one of the most severely affected regions, grappling with extensive damage and a desperate need for secure housing. The aftermath of the earthquakes left millions displaced, living in tents, and facing harsh winter conditions. Recognising the urgency of the situation, ALDA, in collaboration with the Fons Mallorquí de Solidaritat i Cooperació, initiated the project “Support for the Establishment of Temporary Shelter Areas in the Earthquake-Stricken Region of Hatay.”
The objective of the project was clear: to provide immediate relief by delivering 264 beds to households residing in temporary shelters in Hatay.
This endeavour aimed to address a critical and pressing need, as a significant portion of the affected population lacked suitable or adequately furnished beds, exacerbating their already challenging living conditions.
The earthquakes had not only claimed lives but also disrupted entire communities, leading to the loss of homes, workplaces, schools, and health facilities. ALDA, with the support of Fons Mallorquí, stepped in to bridge this gap and bring comfort to the lives of those affected. The financial assistance from Fons Mallorquí played a crucial role in making this initiative possible, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in times of crisis.
The project kicked off in November 2023, with a dedicated focus on delivering beds to residents, including families, children, the elderly, single women, and people with disabilities residing in the shelter area of Hatay. As a result of effective coordination and swift action, the project nears completion and almost all beds have been delivered to families. A total of 264 households will benefit from the project
The success of the project can be attributed to the strong collaborative ties between Fons Mallorquí and ALDA, as well as the partnerships formed with local entities in Türkiye. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, a key partner in Hatay’s post-earthquake reconstruction, along with Istanbul Planning Agency and construction company Kiptaş, played instrumental roles in facilitating the project’s implementation. This collaborative network exemplifies the power of collective action in responding to humanitarian crises.
The “Support for the Establishment of Temporary Shelter Areas in Hatay” project not only delivered beds but also symbolises hope, solidarity, and the resilience of communities in the face of adversity. It stands as a testament to the impact that can be achieved when organisations, both local and international, come together with a shared goal of alleviating the suffering of those affected by natural disasters.
Find out more about support for the establishment of temporary shelter Areas in the earthquake-stricken Region of Hatay here.