JCI Helping Heroes:
Help for the victims of the earthquake in Hatay

Wirtschaftsjunioren Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern support local heroes

We support local heroes

The earthquake in Turkey and Syria in February 2023 has changed everything for the people in the region. The conditions those people are living in are dramatic. That is why we want to help. We are a team of the Wirtschaftsjunioren, the local JCI association of Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern (Germany), headed by Ömer Özbekler. Through our worldwide parent organization JCI, we want to use our strong, international network. This project is supported by the regional JCI association Wirtschaftsjunioren Hessen and the federal German JCI association Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland.

Our project is implemented in cooperation with the Libertas Foundation. Its founder Reiner Schmidt is himself a member of the local JCI association Limburg-Weilburg-Diez and has about ten years of experience in organizing aid projects, in particular in the educational field. The project team is in close contact with JCI Türkiye and the particularly affected JCI districts Hatay, Adana, and Gaziantep.

Affected area has the size of Germany

On February 6, Turkey and Syria were struck by several severe earthquakes, followed by hundreds of aftershocks. The quakes were the worst the region had experienced in a long time. Those who survived have lost everything but their lives. They are struggling with low temperatures, a lack of housing, and destroyed infrastructure. An unimaginable situation for most of us.

The scale of the disaster cannot be quantified yet. There are tens of thousands of fatalities and injured, and many people are still missing. The destroyed area has about the size of Germany. At least 23 million people are affected.

Source: statista.com / United States Geological Survey

Help us with your donation

Emergency aid

In order to provide immediate help quickly, we cooperate with the AKUT VAKFI Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Istanbul. Please support us by purchasing one or more of our 100 euro donation packages.

JCI Youth Hub

In the long term, we aim to build a “JCI Youth Hub” in Antakya, i.e. a youth and business center for exchange, networking and learning. Please support us with the purchase of one or more of our 1,250 euro donation packages (“bricks”).

Choose your own donation amount

We are grateful for any financial help for one of our two projects. Please feel free to donate any amount you like.

Thank you for your donations to the JCI Youth Hub

Our goal
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This is what the JCI Youth Hub could look like

To provide sustainable help for the people in Turkey, we want to build a youth and business center. The “JCI Youth Hub” is intended to be a meeting place and learning center for young people seeking to extend their network and further their education. Such a place to meet and exchange ideas is lacking since the earthquake has destroyed livelihoods and businesses. The “JCI Youth Hub” will be built in container style and will be operated by JCI Türkiye.

Who we are

The Wirtschaftsjunioren Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern are a local German JCI association. Its mother organization, the Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland, was founded in 1954 and is Germany’s largest association of young entrepreneurs and executives. The goal of the Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland is to actively shape the future economic and social policy of the Federal Republic of Germany in a unified Europe, thereby ensuring the long-term competitiveness of Germany worldwide. The federal Wirtschaftsjunioren association is part of the international JCI network.

More information at www.wj-hanau.de and www.wjd.de

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations with more than 5,000 branches, 160,000 members, and 1.5 million supporting members in more than 100 countries worldwide. JCI’s mission is to provide development opportunities for young people between 18 and 40 years of age, thereby empowering them to positively impact the society they live in. In Turkey, JCI has been operating under the name Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs (JCI) Association since 1987.

More info at www.jci.cc and www.jciturkiye.org

The Reiner Schmidt Libertas Foundation was founded to support education and infrastructure projects in developing countries. Most importantly, the foundation aims to enable people to live a free and self-determined life. The foundation is recognized as a non-profit organization and can therefore issue donation receipts. Past projects of the foundation include help for the people in Ukraine and the “Schools for Rwanda” project in cooperation with JCI.

More info at www.reinerschmidt.de