Appeal for donations for the earthquake victims

Two major earthquakes on the morning of February 6, 2023 have devastating consequences for many people in Turkey and Syria and their families. We are deeply affected and want to help!

Prof. Gesine Grande, President of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, says on behalf of the university: "We are deeply shocked to see the harrowing images in the news. The many deaths, the destruction and the hardship of the people in Turkey and Syria can hardly be put into words and leave us stunned. We convey our sincere sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. We especially feel for our international students who are worried or grieving for their relatives and friends back home. Many of our staff and students are helping with donations, and many are supporting relief efforts."

The death toll has already risen to more than 40,000 after the disaster. The images and reports in the media show the great distress of the people on the ground, who are injured and fear for their relatives and friends in the freezing cold. The scale of the destruction is unspeakably great and the chance of recovering survivors is increasingly dwindling. The situation in the affected region in the south of Turkey and in the north of Syria makes us deeply concerned.

Many citizens are already helping with donations, and organizations are providing support on the ground. We also want to make our contribution. We ask all BTU members to help with donations. You can be part of it, too!

Below you will find various options. If you have further information and/or ideas, please let us know. We will keep you informed.

Help for the people in Turkey and Syria

"Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft" and "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" jointly call for donations with the following account: BEH and ADH IBAN: DE53 200 400 600 200 400 600 BIC: COBADEFFXXX Commerzbank Keyword: ARD/ Earthquake Turkey and Syria

"Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft"is an alliance ofBread for the World, Christoffel Blind Mission, DAHW, Kindernothilfe, medico international, Misereor, Plan International, terre des hommes and Welthungerhilfe. German Doctors and Oxfam are associate

"Aktion Deutschland Hilft" is an alliance of 23 German aid organizations, including action medeor, ADRA, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, AWO International, CARE Deutschland, Habitat for Humanity, HELP - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, Malteser Hilfsdienst, World Vision Deutschland, Der Paritätische (also active: arche Nova, Bundesverband Rettungshunde, Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners, Hammer Forum, Handicap International, Help Age Deutschland, Kinderverband Global-Care, LandsAid, SODI and Terra Tech)


Susett Tanneberger
Stabsstelle Kommunikation und Marketing
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The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has set its flags at half-mast as a sign of consternation and mourning over the many deaths caused by the earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria. (Photo: BTU)