"The impact of the earthquakes on children and families has been catastrophic, leaving hundreds of thousands in a desperate situation,” says Bettina Junker, Executive Director of UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure that all those affected by the disaster receive the support they need." After natural disasters, UNICEF is often among the first organizations on the ground. In Türkiye, UNICEF teams are working with partners to distribute essential supplies such as critical health supplies, blankets, clothing, and safe drinking water and sanitation supplies, as well as continuing to provide safe spaces for children to play and recover from the traumatic events they have witnessed.
“Our thoughts go out to our colleagues and their loved ones in Türkiye that continue to face many challenges following the devastating earthquakes,” said Eric Hansotia, AGCO chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in ensuring the safety of our colleagues and their families, our Massey Ferguson dealers, and our farmers who are working to help secure the food supply. Our donation will provide needed, timely aid for those affected.”
AGCO’s donation to UNICEF will be used to distribute relief supplies and services to those in need in Türkiye. While the total number of children affected remains unclear, an estimated 5.4 million children live in the provinces impacted by the earthquakes. 2.5 million children need immediate support.
UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across 190 countries and territories, we do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.