A powerful earthquake struck Iran-Iraq at 21:18 local time on November 12, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000. The earthquake is the deadliest in the world so far this year. Most of those who died were in western Iran, in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab and other parts of the Kermanshah province.
The town's main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded, state TV reported. Teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. In some cities running water and electricity are cut off. Many are forced outdoors in the cold weather as buildings continue to collapse. One aid agency is putting the estimate of those needing shelter at 70,000.
Child Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help those who are affected by this earthquake through our local office in Kermanshah. All donations will be sent to the earthquake victims.
Although Child Foundation has delivered some emergency goods to the affected area, our main goal is the education of children. In Sare-Pole-Zahav, 50 schools and 420 classrooms had been destroyed and the rest of the schools are in need of major repairs.
To send children back to school as soon as possible, Child Foundation is teaming up with donors all over the world to purchase conex units as temporary places so kids can have a safe and warm place to study.
We are pleased to announce that our first sets of these units has made its way to Kermanshah. Each Conex cost $5,000 and individuals or organizations that sponsor an entire unit will have their names printed on it and receive an official certificate with the location of their unit.
You can also set up your own fundraiser via Facebook to help Child Foundation. It is a simple process that guarantees funds are collected and delivered to Child Foundation. You can read more on how to do this here.