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Granville Homes Launches $20K Match Campaign for Earthquake Relief in Syria



Families search through the rubble for loved ones lost in the 7.8. earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. (Shutterstock)
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Granville Homes is teaming up with Mercy Corps, a leading global humanitarian organization, to provide emergency services to families affected by the catastrophic 7.8. earthquake in Syria.

For every dollar raised through March 31, Granville Homes will match dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000 and donate all proceeds to Mercy Corps’ Syrian relief efforts.

“Our business has been blessed with success, which is in no small part due to the support of our homeowners and trade partners. It is their support, and the support of our community, that allows us to give back to those in need,” said Granville Homes President and CEO Darius Assemi.

“And today, that need lies with our brothers and sisters who were affected by this tragedy.”

To donate, visit this link.

Earthquake Claims 42,000 Lives

On Friday, disaster teams in Syria and Turkey estimated that nearly 42,000 people had lost their lives in the Feb. 6 earthquake.

And, the United Nations regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syrian crisis says the country’s death toll is likely to rise further as teams scramble to remove rubble in hard-hit areas.

Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper. Their mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities.

This satellite image shows an overview of the damage to city buildings and the surrounding area in Jindires, Syria, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, after the Feb. 6 earthquake. (Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Mercy Corps Has a Longtime Presence in Syria

Mercy Corps has worked in Syria since 2008, providing essential support including water, food, shelter, sanitation services, and livelihood assistance to displaced Syrians.

Granville Homes has partnered with Mercy Corps in the past and is confident that they have the experience, infrastructure, and people in place to make an immediate difference, Assemi said.

Assemi is the publisher of GV Wire.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email