On February 6th, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey, causing devastation in parts of Turkey and Syria
On February 6th, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey, causing devastation in parts of Turkey and Syria
In the days and weeks following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Turkey on February 6th, 2023, thousands of aftershocks ensued, with several exceeding a magnitude of 5.5. This escalation intensified the destruction and impeded search and rescue operations aimed at freeing the numerous individuals trapped among the nearly 200,000 collapsed or severely damaged buildings. The dire circumstances were further exacerbated by the harsh winter weather plaguing the region, which significantly affected children, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations.

In northwestern Syria, the combined effects of the earthquake and a severe snowstorm led to damaged or blocked roads, power outages, and disrupted telecommunications networks, all of which hindered relief efforts. It is estimated that around 750,000 people across the Turkish-Syrian border are seeking shelter in tents, makeshift accommodations, or the remnants of destroyed structures. A staggering 81% of the estimated damages occurred in the Adıyaman, Hatay, Gaziantep, Malatya, and Kahramanmaraş provinces, home to approximately 6.45 million inhabitants.

The World Bank has estimated the cost of physical damages in Turkey to be $34.2 billion, equivalent to roughly 4% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This figure encompasses damages to crucial infrastructure, such as schools, hospitals, telecommunications lines, and public works.

Focusing on Long-Term Recovery
Conscious steps taken after a disaster are the key to recovery. LAD's social impact network brings knowledge, connections, and resources to the field, transforming challenges into successes.
Disasters can have devastating effects on communities, leaving behind a trail of destruction and despair. As communities strive to rebuild and recover, establishing a new normal may require an extended period of time. Social enterprises, which prioritize social, environmental, and economic outcomes, have the potential to catalyze transformative change during the recovery process.
Beyond Survival
LAD's social impact network brings together stakeholders from local initiatives to global collaborations. Through this integration, it creates more effective solutions to rebuild and transform disaster-stricken areas into hope.
At LAD, we believe in turning adversities into chances for growth, rebuilding, and innovation. Our mission? To cultivate leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in areas hit hardest by disasters.
We Empower Locals by Developing Leadership Skills for Enhanced Disaster Resilience
Disaster resilience is a critical aspect of community development, as it helps societies prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters more effectively. One essential element of building disaster resilience is developing the leadership skills of local individuals. By empowering locals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources, communities can better withstand the impacts of disasters and recover more quickly.
In today's interconnected world, no single entity can operate in isolation. At LAD, we recognize the transformative power of collective action and the strength that lies in unity.
Why LAD Network Stands Out
Every day, we work diligently to improve and brighten the lives of people.
  • 🌱 Holistic Healing:
    Beyond just immediate relief, we're committed to long-term solutions. With solution providers, educators, and funders, we ensure a 360° recovery approach.
  • 🌍 Scalable Impact:
    Our success stories don't just stay localized. They become blueprints for change in other disaster-stricken regions.
  • 🚀 Empower & Elevate:
    Help us sow the seeds of leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Together, we can ensure communities rise stronger, ready to face future challenges.
  • 💡 Sustainability & Growth:
    Be part of sustainable projects that cater to local needs and drive economies forward, even after the dust settles.
  • 📚 Evolve & Learn:
    Dive into a repository of case studies, learnings, and more. We believe in evolving through shared experiences.
  • 🤝 Collaboration is Key:
    Witness the power of collective expertise. From educators to solution providers, our network thrives on shared knowledge and innovation.
  • 💰 Efficient Funding:
    As a supporter, rest assured your contribution is maximized. Our diverse group of funders ensures resources are used where they matter most.
  • ❤️ Trust & Transparency:
    At LAD, community is at the heart of everything. Be part of a transparent, collective effort dedicated to genuine change.
Within the LAD network, every individual, institution, or idea contributes to a synergistic effect. Our combined energies make us more effective and efficient.
Providing support programs for long-term disaster recovery is crucial for effective response
While we focus on disaster-stricken communities, relationships and collaborations formed here often lead to a broader societal impact.
Partner with Us
We extend an invitation to organizations to partner with us and maximize our collective impact. By sharing resources, expertise, and networks, we can enhance our efforts, reach more people in need, and create lasting change. We are confident that together, we can overcome challenges and drive innovative solutions to benefit our community. Please send us an introductory email to schedule a meeting.