These five boys are not unlike hundreds of thousands of others in Turkey and Syria -- their lives shattered, living in tents, unsure where the next meal will come from. Please see below and help me help those who are still suffering so greatly. --Gary
This week marks one month since the earthquakes hit and devastated both Turkey and northern Syria. For many in the earthquake zone, it's as if the earthquake just hit yesterday. Here's how the BBC describes the situation right now:
"Those who survived face an uncertain future. One of their most serious problems is finding somewhere safe to live....The homelessness crisis created by the quake is so acute because of the real shortage of safe spaces that are left standing. More than 160,000 buildings collapsed or were badly damaged. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates at least 1.5 million people are still inside the quake zone, but with nowhere to live.
+ + Painful reality setting in...
The painful reality is that for hundreds of thousands of people in the earthquake zone, the long road of recovery hasn't even begun.
Families are still mourning their loved ones who have died (there are over 50,000 confirmed fatalities). Many of those who have stayed are living in tents, trying to salvage something from their collapsed homes, unsure where the next meal will come from. And as I noted earlier this week, this tragedy is hitting children especially hard. The U.N. is reporting that an estimated 850,000 children have been displaced by last month's earthquakes.
+ + We can help feed THOUSANDS this week...
In the midst of this tragedy of epic proportions, you and I can help. We can help provide very practical relief in the form of a nourishing meal for a family that has lost everything or an orphaned child who can't see much beyond today.
This week, through our partners on the ground, Mercy Chefs will help feed thousands of earthquake victims in both Turkey and Syria.
Will you help me continue this mission of mercy for earthquake victims who are still living in tents and on the streets and are depending on the generosity of others for a meal today? Go here to help feed 10, 20, 50 or even 100 earthquake victims:
The suffering in Turkey and Syria is great. I've never seen such a devastating and widespread natural disaster. Together, we can help provide practical relief and bring hope to those who are hurting.
Thank you and may God bless you,
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
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