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Grant Funds Help Mersin Port Volunteers Help Earthquake Homeless

09 August 2023

Of the many thousands of people left homeless by the February 2023 earthquake, 183 people are being supported by Turkish union Liman-İş with grant funding from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and generous local support.

Volunteers from the Mersin port workers of the Liman-Is union are managing the facility, including providing security, cleaning and cooking food supplemented by donations from the local community. The guesthouse provides safe accommodation and 3 meals a day for the families staying there.

In addition to the practical support provided by the guesthouse, the Trust grant has funded professional psychological support, including specialist play-therapy to support children traumatised by the earthquake.

Recently visiting the facility, Katie Higginbottom said: “It’s really impressive to see the whole community coming together to look after these people in incredibly difficult circuThe front of the guesthouse in Mersin, a tall white multistorey building with a large canvas printed sign hung over the doorwaymstances.”

Several people made homeless by the earthquake sitting together at a long table to eat a meal

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