Samos Earthquake and Tsunami Relief: Here's how to help


Samos needs your help after a devastating earthquake on Friday. Continue to read to see how to help.

On October 30, 2020, the island of Samos in eastern Greece was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake triggering tsunamis that caused major damages and destruction, including the tragic deaths of two teenagers caught under the rubble.

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Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi.


We are a group of Greek-Canadian and Greek-American women who are originally from the island of Samos. We are: Dora Kaltakis-Papoutsakis, Doris Donlou-Richmond, Stella Partsafas-Kasidoulis and Eleni Kaltaki.

After hearing of this devastating earthquake we wanted to help although far away and during a global pandemic! The island of Samos is our homeland and our "happy place" and it has endured so much in the last decade between the economic crisis, the refugee crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Now this!

Tsunami hit Samos.
Tsunami hit Samos.

I, (Dora) have my summer home next door to the mayor of Samos, Mr. Georgios Stantzos and my cousin, Eleni Kaltaki has been working with members of the city council to collect the information required from residents as to what they need.

Immediately, what is required is: tents, blankets, sleeping bags and other essentials that will help the displaced residents sleep at night as over 500 homes are currently deemed dangerous and they have had to evacuate.

Many families are sleeping in their cars and the nights have become very cold.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated! This is a joint effort between Samiotes of the Diaspora! Please share our page as much as possible!

If you are donating from the US, please take into account the Canadian currency conversion. $100USD = $133CAD

If you are donating from Australia, the Canadian and Australian dollars are approximately at par.

If you are donating from Europe, 100 Euros = $155CAD.

Please click here to make a donation.

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