Tell your students that they will learn about a few examples of how governments, organizations, and individuals have responded or can respond to the earthquake. Ask students to watch or read the information, they should write down actions that groups or individuals can take.
Play the Washington Post video International help and aid arrives in Turkey, Syria (1:57) for your students.
Then, read the following excerpts from the NPR article, How to make sure your donation will do the most good for earthquake survivors, which gives advice on how individuals can choose organizations to donate to:
Start with due diligence.
Giving right away is important for immediate needs, says Ruth Messinger, a social justice consultant who formerly headed the American Jewish World Service. But, she emphasizes, "Never give to a brand new charity that does not have a track record." To find out more about an organization's track record, there are several resources, including Charity Navigator (which has posted on its website a dedicated list of highly-rated charities poised to help in the current crisis), the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and CharityWatch…
Make sure the charity is situated to help in this emergency.
"First and foremost, prioritize giving to established organizations and non-profits that have a presence in the area prior to the disaster so they are ready to act," advises Amanda Morgan, Save the Children project officer for humanitarian private fundraising.
And whenever possible, go local, adds Cindy Huang, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, who previously worked at Refugees International. Do so by contributing to either local organizations staffed or overseen by those in the affected areas — or to larger organizations that have a history of partnering and working closely with the communities and groups in the immediate area. "Established presence is more than just having an office in the country; it's established relationships with local organizations and the trust of the community," she says. Partnerships between local and international groups should be spelled out on the check the group's website or annual report.
Huang's experience working in previous humanitarian crises showed her, she says, "the critical importance of elevating local leadership in the response. Those are the people who will remain to rebuild and work to create resilient communities in the present and for the future."
Finally, read the following information:
Turkish embassies and consulates across the United States are accepting donations of the following supplies to fly to people in Turkey:
- Sleeping bags
- Pocket warmers
- Winter clothing
- Over-the-counter medications for flu, cold, and pain killers
Then, ask your students to respond to the following prompt in their journals:
What is one action that a government, organization, or individual can take to help that you find inspiring and why?
When students have finished responding in their journals, ask them to share one word or phrase with the class that describes the action they chose using the Wraparound teaching strategy.