Earthquake in Turkey & Syria

Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria: expression of support for victims

Published: 08th February 2023 Last updated: 07th March 2023

It is with deep concern that we have learned of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. This dreadful situation is having an enormous impact on the people in the area. In our community, too, staff, students, and alumni are affected by this tragedy. We offer them our sympathy and support.

Together we care for one another

  • If you are a student looking for information, advice, or counselling, please use the Student Support Road map to find out whom to contact, or contact your education coordinator.
  • Staff who feel they might need support of any kind are encouraged to contact their supervisor. You can also contact the mental health counselor (company counselor). He can be reached between 8:00 a.m. and 23:00  via +31 (0)6 28 771 262.   For more information about mental health, click here:  Personal and Mental Support | Tilburg University
  • Maranatha has opened a Turkish-Syrian "living room" for students and staff who have been directly or indirectly affected by the earthquake and its aftermath and want to share their experiences - as well as for others who want to offer help and support, for example. Open every Monday between 15:00 and 16:00 hrs., starting next Monday, February 13, through Monday, March 20.

If you have any questions, are looking for help, or want to offer help and the above contact options are not sufficient, please send an e-mail to 

Do you want to help?

  • Turkish and Syrian students from our community are organizing a bake sale on campus on March 1 and 3. Stop by at the central square near the library, make a donation and taste authentic food. Every small contribution is welcome. Did you know that 3-4 euros already fulfill a family's needs per day.

  • Please consider donating to Giro555 of the Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO), an alliance of eleven aid organizations that use funds raised to provide emergency relief in the afflicted areas.

We are proud that many initiatives have already been started within our community. We try to bundle initiatives as much as possible for maximum impact. If you are part of our community and have an initiative you would like to bring to the attention on this website, please send an email to

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