Powerful 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Morocco

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    Your donation is making it possible for SAMS to coordinate with local partners to deliver urgent relief to people affected by last week's 6.8 catastrophic earthquake in Morocco.Through your generosity, SAMS' local partner, High Atlas Foundation (HAF), is on the ground distributing food parcels and vital household items to hundreds of families impacted by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near Marrakech. In addition, HAF is focusing on restoring water to villagers whose wells collapsed because of the earthquake.This past week, SAMS’ Executive Director (ED), David Lillie, traveled to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains where he worked side-by-side with our partner, High Atlas Foundation (HAF) to distribute food and tents to earthquake survivors in four rural villages. SAMS ED and HAF aid workers made their way through earthquake-affected villages, assessing the damage and meeting with survivors to better understand their most pressing needs. SAMS ED walked through affected communities and between the scattered tents pitched recently to shelter survivors of damaged and destroyed homes, getting first-hand experience of the challenges aid workers are facing and ways to address them.To ensure residents’ access to clean drinking water, SAMS’ local partner in Morocco, HAF, is working to restore collapsed wells and deliver potable water to village residents.  SAMS is also working with two other community-based organizations in Morocco to provide emergency kits, blankets, kitchen items, shoes, wheelchairs and other household items to families in urgent need.

    Thank you again for compassionate support!


    On September 8, 2023, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco, killing at least 2,901 people and injuring around 5,530. The devastating earthquake is the largest to hit the country in more than 60 years and struck in a mountainous area 45 miles southwest of Marrakech. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300,000 people have been affected by the earthquake, including thousands who are in urgent need of shelter, food, and medical assistance.  In response to this disaster, SAMS is working with local partners on the ground to rush emergency relief to those affected.

    We ask you to join our emergency relief efforts.  Please take a moment to help people impacted by the earthquake in Morocco. Your tax-deductible donation will bring relief and hope to those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your generous support.  

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    The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives. TAX ID 16-1717058. Learn more here:  www.sams-usa.net For every dollar donated in 2022, 94 cents went directly into relief programs.

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