Turkey earthquake support

“All of us are saddened at the news of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Turkey,” says David C. Elwell, director of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this tragedy.”

Last Sunday's earthquake was the most powerful to hit Turkey in over a decade; it has claimed over 270 lives to date.

In addition to the international students and scholars from Turkey who are studying, pursuing research and teaching at Brandeis, there are many who may have family, friends, or 
colleagues in the affected areas. This has had a direct impact on the entire Brandeis Community.

Whenever there is a tragedy such as this, the ISSO reaches out to all of the international scholars to confirm that they’re safe and see if they have family, friends or colleagues abroad to see how they can provide support.

“Being away from home during these times makes it even more vital for everyone to utilize the support networks here at Brandeis,” says Elwell. “We encourage anyone who needs support or assistance at this time to contact the ISSO or any Brandeis staff member as we are prepared to help in any way that we can.”

Student Life staff, the Chaplaincy and the Counseling Center are also available to assist members of our community. It is important at this time to reach out to those who are concerned about family or friends.

If you would like to help, here are several opportunities:

The Turkish Cultural Center Boston, in collaboration with Helping Hands Relief Foundation, is hosting a food fair this weekend to help raise funds for earthquake relief.  

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Address: Turkish Cultural Center Boston, 1105 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA
Contact: Nur at (646) 626-3902

Turkish Red Crescent Society  (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)

Turkish Philanthropy Funds

The ISSO is located in Kutz Hall, Room 215 and  can be reached via email or phone (781) 736-3480.

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