In October 2015, my 12 year old son and I visited Istanbul to see for ouselves the volunteer work undertaken by the some of the local charity organisations to help the refugees. Although they are doing excellent work, they need additional help to help the refugees.
The Syrian refugee crisis is a humanitarian catastrophe. Millions of Syrians have left their homes in Syria - fleeing the horrors of war in search of safety.
There is an estimated 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Between 300,000 and 500,000 of the 2 million Syrian refugees are in Istanbul. Children make up half of these refugees. There are more Syrian refugees in the city of Istanbul than in all the EU countries combined.
Syrian refugees in Istanbul and Turkey are struggling to survive and are subjected to grinding poverty. Many of the refugees, including children, suffer from severe trauma (as a result of witnessing the horrors of war) and struggle to live a normal life. The refugees struggle to access everyday services, including, education, housing and employment. This winter, the conditions for the refugees will worsen. Your donation will allow a local charity based in Istanbul (Mavi Kalem) feed, clothe, and provide expert counseling to improve the lives of individuals and families - this will include:
- £210 can help provide a single parent and two children access to counseling & psycotherapy, sports activities for children, access to legal support (so that families can be better informed about their basic rights), language lessons and vocational training (including IT and Turkish language lessons - Syrians speak Arabic) which will help them to integrate in society.
- £300 can give 7 refugee families essential food to keep them nourished
- £360 can help protect 2 refugee families by giving them shelter.
- £28 can help give clean, lifesaving water to 8 refugees.
- £102 can help give a family a hygiene kit to protect them from disease.
- £200 can provide art therapy to 50 children
Thank you for reaching out to the Syrian refugees to help them rebuild their lives.