How the U of A community can support following catastrophic Türkiye and Syria Earthquakes

Aerial view of North Campus

On February 5, 2023, people in Türkiye and Syria experienced a sizable earthquake that has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people. Again yesterday, the region experienced another earthquake. The catastrophe continues to affect millions of people, including family and friends within our U of A community. 

“We are deeply saddened by the many lives lost and devastation caused by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria," says Cen Huang, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President International. “Our thoughts continue to be with the Turkish and Syrian members of the U of A community. We send our condolences to all those who are mourning the loss of loved ones and send our hopes for healing and recovery to the people of Türkiye and Syria.” 

Our community is one that has demonstrated thoughtfulness, care and generosity during times of global tragedies, and this is no exception. Concerned U of A students, staff and faculty have been looking for ways to help those in need of relief and resources as the region looks at the long road to recovery ahead. Below are a few of the options available.

U of A community benefit performance

In support of those impacted by this tragic event and to remember those lost, all U of A community members are invited to gather for a benefit performance by Nağme Yarkin, visiting professor department of music, on Wednesday, March 1 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Telus Atrium on the U of A’s North Campus. Donations will be welcome to support relief efforts.

Contributing to humanitarian efforts

Members of the U of A community who want to contribute to relief efforts are encouraged to consider donating to the many organizations, including the Canadian Red Cross, working in the humanitarian response to this disaster. 

Supporting U of A students in need

Community members can also assist students impacted by tragic events at home and abroad by supporting bursaries and emergency funding or student mental health.

Students in need of support and resources can reach out to International Student and Visitor Services. Advisors are available at the International Services Centre in Telus Centre (780-492-2692) everyday during regular business hours. U of A students can also access a range of services available to support them:

Staff and faculty members in need of support can reach out to the Staff Service Centre or the Employee Family and Assistance Program for guidance to services or for someone to talk to.

Members of the U of A community can reach out directly to University of Alberta International with additional questions.