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Our Efforts in the Disaster Zone

11 February 2023
Alongside emergency humanitarian aid, we are working to produce sustainable solutions to meet earthquake victims' immediate and long-term needs, and we are in constant contact with public institutions and organizations.
As the Rönesans family, we are working hard to heal the wounds of our homeland during this incredibly challenging time. We share the deep sorrow of those who have lost their loved ones in the earthquake disaster that has affected millions of our fellow citizens. 

Alongside emergency humanitarian aid, we are working to produce sustainable solutions to meet earthquake victims' immediate and long-term needs, and we are in constant contact with public institutions and organizations.

Our brave search and rescue team, which set out at 05:00 on the morning of the first earthquake despite the fact that they and their families have also been deeply affected, have carried out active search and rescue operations for more than 195 hours, pulling 189 citizens, including 23 children, out of the rubble. Furthermore, with over 2,000 Rönesans volunteers, as well as our construction site, hospital, project, and center teams, which have provided shelter for 4,078 people and served 819,000 meals along with our business partners who support all our activities, we strive to meet the needs of all earthquake victims.

On the first day of the earthquake, we dispatched over 100 vehicles and equipment, including cranes, excavators, loaders, JCBs, Bobcats, generators, containers, lighting towers, 28 emergency need trucks, and two mobile kitchens to the region. In addition, we opened Malatya Erman Ilıcak Science High School and Malatya Darende Bekir Ilıcak Vocational High School to earthquake victims and worked with UCIM to support unaccompanied children. We assigned volunteer psychologists who have been working 24-hour shifts at Adana City Hospital to create psycho-social and post-traumatic support mechanisms. 

We have made the first installations for a container city to provide temporary shelter in the area next to Malatya Erman Ilıcak Science High School. While we have hosted 1,150 people here so far, this container city will accommodate 1,000 more earthquake victims once completed. In addition, we are continuing our preparations for a second container city consisting of 1,500 containers in order to provide long-term living space for approximately 10,000 people.

We have opened our shopping mall and hospital projects in the region for the use of all people affected by the earthquake. In addition to the essential relief items provided by Rönesans, we have directly delivered 203 trucks of emergency supplies to earthquake victims, including those collected by our employees and citizens at the shopping mall. 

Our Gaziantep City Hospital construction site has met the shelter and basic needs of over 1,000 citizens, and we have offered dormitories to the families of our employees at our construction sites in the region and at our city hospital facilities which have earthquake isolators. We have also transferred 51 of our employees with their families to the guesthouse in Ankara upon request.

Kahramanmaraş Piazza Shopping Mall has become the region's central base for distributing aid to citizens. We have set up tents here to provide shelter to 1,000 earthquake victims and meet their basic needs. In addition, this week, we launched a children's tent where children can play games and watch cartoons. 

We have been fully mobilized since the first moment of the initial earthquake, addressing urgent issues and critical humanitarian needs while conducting successful search and rescue operations. Now, we are preparing to take steps to find long-term sustainable solutions for the earthquake victims and our citizens in the region. 

At Rönesans, we are constantly working to support anyone affected by this disaster; we stand in solidarity with our great country and its courageous people during these distressing times. We will overcome these adversities together.

About Rönesans Group

Rönesans Holding, the conglomerate's top investment entity headquartered in Ankara, is the 38th largest international contracting company globally and the 9th largest in Europe. With operations spanning 30 countries across Europe, Central Asia, and Africa, including subsidiaries such as Ballast Nedam in the Netherlands and Heitkamp Industrial Solutions GmbH in Germany, Rönesans has been operating as the main contractor and investor successfully for 30 years in construction, energy, healthcare, real estate development and industrial investments. Putting resilience and growth through innovation at the core of the company, with a priority on sustainability and social development, Rönesans has developed projects supporting students with scholarships, academic platforms and initiatives; been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2015; and a signatory of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles since 2016.

Under the leadership of its president, Erman Ilıcak, Rönesans, along with its partners GIC, Meridiam Infrastructure, Sojitz, Samsung C&T, TotalEnergies, and IFC of the World Bank Group (minority shareholder in the group), has invested more than EUR8 billion into pioneering projects globally.

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