Earthquake in Morocco: how can you help?
We would like to express our sympathy and support to all our colleagues and students with family and friends in Morocco, and to our partners there following the devastating earthquake. Our thoughts go out to all, and we hope that the much-needed help will reach all those now in need of shelter, medical care, and support. All help is welcome. There is especially a need for financial support. You can make donations
- Through Red Cross Belgium, via their website (link in Dutch), or the general Red Cross Belgium site in English. You can make donations via their bank account nr BE53 0000 0000 5353 with the reference ‘earthquake’.
- The organisation SOS Kinderdorpen has also set up a website where you can make donations (in Dutch), or via their GoFundMe-page of SOS Kinderdorpen Morocco.
- If you prefer to support local initiatives in Morocco, you can e.g., donate to the Morocco Foodbank. They not only collect and donate food, but also beds and blankets.
- You can also donate via local initiatives in Belgium, such as the Karama Solidarity site (in Dutch), which also provides support locally, or the website of the charity Human Smile (in French).
We would like to express our sympathy and support to the people of Libya, after the devasting flood due to storm Daniel on 10 September. Our thoughts go out to all, and we hope that the much-needed help will reach all those now in need of shelter, medical care, and support. All help is welcome. There is especially a need for financial support. You can make donations
- Through Red Cross Belgium, via their website (link in Dutch), or the general Red Cross Belgium site in English. You can make donations via their bank account nr BE93 0000 0065 6667 with the reference ‘flooding Libya’.
- Any additional support can be given via the official channels, or via the International Rescue Committee's website.
Public Affairs & Strategic International Partnerships
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Strategic International Partnerships (SIPs)
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