On Sunday November 12th, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran which was the deadliest quake in the world this year. The earthquake was followed by at least 150 aftershocks. About 530 people were killed and over 7000 injured. The quake destroyed thousands of houses and left the city unrecognizable.
With thousands left unsheltered, the level of devastation is truly heartbreaking. The Iranian Red Crescent said more than 70,000 people needed emergency shelters. With the roads cut off, it is difficult to send rescue teams to the villages.
We visited the area recently and volunteered to lend a helping hand. With very limited resources we could afford to purchase only 300 blankets and distribute among those affected by this event. Even after 3 weeks, thousands of people are still sleeping outside without the very basic necessities. Considering the area’s climate, temperature falls below 0 degrees Celsius (below 32 degrees F) at night and people are in desperate need of tents, warm clothing, blankets and heating devices. We visited a family who were using layers of plastic bags in a desperate attempt to keep warm. So many similar scenes brought tears to our eyes. Even though a lot of people donated what they could, a lot of families are still in need of our help.
Even food and water are scarce in most of the villages and it is up to us to make a difference.
Your donations will help us purchase tents, blankets, warm clothing, canned food and bottled water, heating devices and help us bring a little hope into the lives of those whose homes are destroyed.
Every dollar counts.
We greatly appreciate every donation because every single dollar would be one more can of food that could mean the world to a hungry child.
Thank you very much in advance. God bless you