Turkey, Syria earthquake aid flowing from South Florida (includes video story)

Two months have passed since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, leaving many families in urgent need of assistance.

On Wednesday, the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) collaborated with volunteers from FIU’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity to send aid.

The volunteers gathered and packed boxes with essential supplies such as food, hygiene kits, and clothing.

“What’s amazing about these individual boxes is that you can see people receiving them on the other end,” said Raul Celaya, a Volunteer leader at GEM. “One little thing that you can do just a couple of hours helps some tremendously.”

GEM is one of the first organizations to help out when the earthquake struck Turkey and Syria back in February. They collaborated with the Turkish airlines, the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. and the consulate general in Miami to help the victims of the earthquake.

To support the Global Empowerment Mission’s relief efforts in Turkey and Syria, visit GlobalEmpowermentMission.kindful.com where you can contribute and get updates on the latest developments and opportunities to get involved.

Layan Abu Tarboush is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, currently pursuing a minor in International Relations. As an international student from Jordan, Layan is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a deep interest in reporting on Middle Eastern affairs. Layan takes pride in being multicultural with great exposure from the East and West.

Julia Tsairis is a senior broadcast journalism student at Florida International University. She was born and raised in Miami. Her passion for journalism started out very young as a simple hobby and has blossomed. In addition to her work as a journalist, she enjoys photography and videography and has won many awards for her work. She also enjoys networking in the FIU community. Julia looks forward to achieving her ultimate goal of being able to travel the world, using journalism to help expose the injustices that occur in other countries.