As the relocation options for Syrian refugees diminish, over 500,000 have found themselves in Istanbul working towards creating a sustainable life. Our efforts are now focused on taking measures to increase quality of life for Syrians by facilitating access to education and by collecting/distributing resources to families of school children making their homes and environment conducive to studying. These efforts include, funding education, collection of food, clothing, and furniture, minor repairs to homes and support for heating.
While focusing on our projects we have met some incredible people who are making a big impact. In supporting our projects we will collaborate with these individuals and groups bringing the strength of our connection to make an even greater impact.
Shahla Raza (Indian) at
Filipe Combra (Portugese) at
Refugee Volunteers of Izmir
THE GOAL: Provide essential goods to the refugee community in Turkey.
Officially, in excess of 500,000 Syrian refugees are living in Istanbul. When you consider unregistered refugees the total increases dramatically. The majority are living in cramped and crowded conditions with inadequate heating and short on all the essentials of life.
While visiting the families of children we are supporting are conducting an assessment of needs. Items targeted for collection include food, toiletries, diapers, blankets, kitchen essentials, and clothes.
In addition, our connection with the broader volunteer community, Syrian, foreign, and Turkish NGO's are creating a more effective and efficient support network for refugees in Turkey.
Karyn Thomas (Australian) at
Small Projects Istanbul
Narjice Basaran (English) at
Open Arms in Kayseri
Ayman Hanafi (Syrian) at
Takafalu Ve Sehit
THE GOAL: Raise funds to support work opportunities for refugees in Turkey.
We partner with a number of organizations who specialize in establishing micro business providing support and guidance to establish and sustain a family’s business. Our part is to provide connections, help source funds, resources, or equipment.