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FRAMINGHAM – A group Turkish faculty at Framingham State University is raising money to support the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria that have already claimed the lives of more than 41,000 people.

So far more than $10,000 has been raised, with all proceeds going to the Turkish Philanthropy Funds’ (TPF) Earthquake Relief Fund and recovery efforts.

The group of faculty include Dr. John Umit Palabiyik, Hospitality and Tourism Management; Dr. Zeynep Gonen, Sociology; Ella Karat, Marketing; Dr. Kaan Agartan,
Sociology; and Dr. Borga Deniz, Management, Business & IT.

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“We have been hearing heartbreaking accounts from some members of the Turkish community in the Boston area whose close relatives and friends were directly impacted by the disaster,” the group wrote in appealing for support. “Even more depressingly, contributions to fundraisings and donations have slowed down recently, and the window to appeal to the goodwill of people is closing every day.”

Funds provided to the Turkish Philanthropy Funds helps first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, medicine, and shelter. As needs emerge, the group will support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted partner organizations in the impacted area(s).

“The recovery will be long and arduous as the needs of the survivors will change from food, medical supplies and shelter to education, rent and income support,” the FSU faculty wrote. “Our humble contribution will join to the other relief efforts to maintain a steady flow of funds to those who are in need.”

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To donate to the effort, visit:

To learn more about the Turkish Philanthropy Funds:

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