The Korean Association of Social Workers has announced that their board will transfer a total of USD 20,000, to the Turkish Social Workers Association and Syrian social workers to support their work following the earthquakes. USD 10,000 will be allocated to each group.
Dr. Machiko Ohara, IFSW-Asia-Pacific Regional President (which includes Syria), commented: “Their actions made us aware that we social workers support each other across countries and across borders, and they have shown us a model of social solidarity among social workers around the world. We, IFSW Asia-Pacific, would like to thank the KASW Board of Directors and extend our special thanks to President Seung-Hwan OH.”
IFSW European Regional President (of which the Turkish Association is a member), Ana Radulescu said, “When it comes to need and support, there are no borders. Social workers across the world are showing solidarity and together with our global experience we are finding solutions to support local social workers at the earthquake zone.”
The Danish Association of Social Workers has also contributed 6,000 euros divided equally to both social work groups in Syria and Turkey along with other donations from individuals.
IFSW Secretary-General, Rory Truell, expressed heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Federation to all IFSW members and individuals making contributions. He said, “No matter what the size of the contribution, each one makes a significant difference to the social work actions in Turkey and Syria. Our colleagues at the frontline of the earthquake are experiencing and responding to human trauma. They have started developing plans, from the ground up, including creating safe spaces for people, ensuring food and aid gets to those in need, connecting children with their families, as well as providing trauma debriefing, and supporting survivors to be an active part of the recovery process. There is a long way to go but each of these donations helps secure a clear social work process that will continue to be essential in the recovery and creates inclusive pathways where everyone can participate in co-building the infrastructure that protects against other disasters.”
Read the latest updates from the Syrian and Turkish social work responses here.