CHF 294,118 (USD 283,725 or EUR 194,421) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 September, 2009 to support the Turkish Red Crescent in delivering immediate assistance to some 5,000 beneficiaries.
The Turkish Red Crescent, with the support of the International Federation, responded to the floods, that affected 11 districts in Istanbul and Tekirdag, by providing 5,000 beneficiaries with food and hygiene items during the emergency phase, as well as 12,118 beneficiaries with psychosocial support and education tools in the rehabilitation period.
The report gives the complete details of the relief activities carried out during the emergency phase and the social and psychosocial support activities undertaken in the rehabilitation period supported through DREF. The social projects funded by DREF aimed to increase the resilience of the society against disasters and their impact and to decrease vulnerability by enhancing the capacity of communities against potential hazards and risks. The number of teachers who attended the trainings exceeded the estimated number. They were active and participative in the trainings. In addition, the teachers stated that they had benefited from the trainings and they would inform their students about the ways to get prepared for disasters and the parents about the ways to approach children who were psychologically affected by disasters. The teachers were equipped with books and brochures to get more information on the issues discussed in trainings.
The Netherlands Red Cross contributed EUR 20,000 (CHF 30,270) and the Hong Kog Red Cross 22,630 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp