September 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. – On August 11, two devastating twin earthquakes struck the province of Azerbaijan, Iran. Hundreds were killed, thousands injured and 50,000 displaced to emergency camps. Damage to infrastructure was devastating with 70 to 100 percent of buildings destroyed: including schools, homes and businesses. Though the disaster has quickly fallen off the radar of the media, earthquake survivors are still in dire need of assistance to rebuild their lives. Since then Relief International has been providing assistance to the victims of this devastating tragedy.
Relief International has a 22 year presence in Iran maintaining programs and has responded to several earthquakes – the most recent of which was the Bam Earthquake in 2003. With this presence, comes a unique understanding of local culture and a gained knowledge of the Iranian people’s long-term needs. There are several ways you can help!
Relief International is providing emergency tents large enough to house whole families. Displaced families living in emergency camps are in need of emergency shelter and supplies. Till communities are rebuilt, these tents are safe spaces and will keep families sheltered from the cold and other elements.
Relief International is distributing library kits to teachers in camps to ensure the education of children continues. These kits or “libraries in a box” contain books and teaching materials to ensure the proper tools are available to continue children’s education and provide a sense of normalcy after exposure to trauma.
Relief International is supplying microcredit loans to families to rebuild livelihoods. These loans will help stimulate the local economy by giving families an opportunity to rebuild their businesses and livelihoods, gaining hope for the future.
In hard times, a small amount of money can go a long way. We invite you to join the efforts of Relief International in saving lives and sustaining livelihoods to ensure a better future for the survivors of the Azerbaijan earthquakes. To make a donation, click here.