Disasters Emergency Committee

The DEC brings together 15 of the UK's leading humanitarian aid charities. At times of major humanitarian crisis, the DEC works with its members charities, broadcast media and other partners to launch national fundraising appeals. The proceeds of each appeal are immediately distributed to DEC's member charities to enable them to respond quickly on the ground with life-saving humanitarian assistance.

DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

A series of devastating earthquakes have hit southern Turkey (now known as Türkiye) and north-west Syria killing more than 44,000 people and injuring many more. Thousands of buildings, including hospitals and schools, have collapsed and infrastructure has been badly damaged.

The first 7.8 magnitude quake hit in the early hours of the morning when people were sleeping. There have been a number of aftershocks and a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

People have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions, with humanitarian needs expected to grow in the coming days. Access to clean water will likely be a challenge, bringing the risk of cholera and other diseases.

DEC charities and their local partners are responding, working with locally-led relief efforts. Immediate priorities are medical treatment for the injured, shelter for those who have lost their homes, heaters for safe spaces and winter kits with blankets, and warm clothes, as well as ensuring people have food and clean water.

People need help now.

£10 could provide blankets for two people to keep them warm

£25 could provide emergency food for a family for 10 days

£50 could provide emergency shelter for two families

Charity Projects


Extra funding and programmes
UK Aid donated to this cause

UK Aid has provided £35,784 of match funding

The UK Government will match pound-for-pound the first £10 million donated by the public to this appeal making your donation go further and helping DEC charities reach even more people in need.

Nectar Donate donated to this cause

Nectar Donate has provided £11,633 of funding

This project received funding through the Nectar donate programme, turning points into positivity.

Avios Donations donated to this cause

Avios Donations has provided £7,925 of funding

Donations made by Members using Avios

British Airways Executive Club donated to this cause

British Airways Executive Club has provided £5,440 of match funding

British Airways Executive Club Members donating their Avios to causes supported by the BA Better World Community Fund

BA Better World Community Fund Employee Giving donated to this cause

BA Better World Community Fund Employee Giving has provided £1,240 of funding

The BA Better World Community Fund is supporting communities to create a better world by funding projects that benefit any of the following: crisis support, education, thriving communities, employment, environment, diversity, inclusion & wellbeing.


P Rogers
6th May 2024 at 3:10pm

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Andrea Fox
20th April 2024 at 9:38am

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Gregory H.L. Lurie
2nd April 2024 at 11:57am

Best wishes

2nd April 2024 at 11:54am

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Francis Peel
1st April 2024 at 7:35pm

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Paul Haggie
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