The Corus International family of organizations has been coordinating with local groups, UN agencies and other international humanitarian organizations to ensure humanitarian relief and recovery efforts reach Hatay, one of the regions hardest hit by the quakes.
In the city of Antakya, Corus is partnering with the Genç Hayat Foundation (GHV) to provide psychosocial aid, WASH support and educational programming to those affected by the earthquakes. Such local partnerships are critical to addressing humanitarian needs and ensuring mental health assistance is available in the wake of disaster.
Çağdaş Özbakan, the GHV Project Development and Area Director, describes the gravity of the situation in the region for young people, saying, “This is happening a very short period after the COVID-19 outbreak. So, there is a huge risk of dropouts, child labor and early forced marriages. To prevent all of this, we are working with children and adolescents to improve their well-being, to provide psychosocial support.”