Oct 7, 2016

Warm Days are Almost Over

Children enjoying the weather at the camp.
Children enjoying the weather at the camp.

Refugees in Turkey migrate from one location to another. Some leave the camps with the hope of a better life, some try to go back to their ‘once called’ homes and some simply travel to see their relatives who are also trying to hold on to life in a different place. Yet, they are all still displaced.

We managed to help many refugees with your help and your donations which were given to them via electronic cards to buy winter clothes. With your continuing support, Ezidi Refugees will continue on to have the freedom of buying the winter clothes on the size and the color they prefer.

Ezidis doing their shopping by themselves with dignity at the local stores did not only strengthen their confidence but also supported the local economy. Communicating with the locals is very important since it allowed to create pathways, build relationships and smoothen the adaptation process for the war affected refugees which we were able to provide aid.

Currently there are 1322 Ezidi refugees in this camp located in Diyarbakir and the number increases every day since some camps in the surrounding region are closed down. It is getting colder as the season changes and the sub-living conditions in camp site is not resistant to weather. Refugees are extremely vulnerable to rain, snow and freezing temperatures in the winter yet majority of them are unable to work and buy the clothing items they need.

There are many more Ezidi refugees who are in need and we humbly ask you to support our project to prepare them for winter.

Aug 25, 2016

Newborns with New Hopes

Informative Session on Women and Baby Care
Informative Session on Women and Baby Care

In the 6th year of Syria Crisis, there are close to 3 million refugees residing in Turkey with different needs. Families are trying to hold on to life with the bare minimum they have. However, they still thrive to live and continue on with their lives. As Support to Life, we are trying to address the ongoing and upcoming issues to create a normal ground for those who fled from an extraordinary situation.

Support to Life staff gave an informative session to refugee women at Madenboyu Village, Hatay about ‘Women Care’ prior, during and after the pregnancy. The session continued with important medical details and how to take care of a newborn baby. Baby care bags were distributed to soon to be mothers at the end the end of the session. 

F.D. is a 31-year-old young mother from Idlip. She had to leave her home after it was demolished 5 years ago with her husband and her 3 children. She gave birth to her daughter and two sons back in Syria, now she is one month pregnant to her fourth child. Her youngest will be born in Turkey as they are unable to go back to Syria.

Her husband was injured during the conflict and still suffers from leg pain. He can only find day-to-day jobs and most of the time has to stay at home. She is unable to work since she has three to take care of. She is able to see doctor and receive medical care; however, it is hard for them to afford some of the items they need. Her eldest, an 8-year-old with a heartwarming smile, was very excited to see the baby care bag as she is excited to have a new sibling.

Having lost some of their family members, Syrian Refugees are very happy being together as a family. Five years after the conflict, with the given number of displaced people, the need for different types of aid and support raises additional to the ongoing ones. Given the economic challenges and low opportunity of labor, unfortunately they do not have the necessary care items for their families.

Emergency relief is always a necessity, and we need your support to reach out to newborn babies to keep them warm and comfortable.

F.D. receiving the baby care bag with her eldest.
F.D. receiving the baby care bag with her eldest.

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May 27, 2016

More Refugees are on Their Way to Diyarbakir

Children playing games and enjoying the weather.
Children playing games and enjoying the weather.

The Winter is Over, But More Refugees are on Their Way to Diyarbakir

 

This winter was warmer more refugees this year with the support of generous donors to our campaign. Starting from the most vulnerable refugee, based on previously conducted assessments, Support to Life was able to reach out to many with this campaign. The shopping started in Diyarbakr in the month of February this year and continued till the end of the month.

Thank you for hekping us to reach out to people who are in need!

Now that winter is over and the weather is warmer, it is not as challenging for the Syrian refugees who continues to stay in weak housings again with minimal equipment, nor for the Yazidi Refugees staying in the tents built on wooden pallets. However, now that Batman Yazidi Camp is closed, refugees moved to Diyarbakr Fidanlik Camp for shelter.

Support to Life Team aims to contribute to improving the lives of the crisis-affected Yazidi refugee population by strengthening the coping mechanisms, physical, psychological and social well-being of Syrian and Yazidi refugees focusing on women and children in Diyarbakr through a variety of community based psychosocial support.

Unfortunately, there has not been a decision made for the favor of displaced refugees. The winter may be over this year; however, more refugees migrate to Turkey and the need raises every single day. The more people we have supporting this campaign, we will be more prepared to help more refugees next winter.

Psycho Social Activities at Yazidi Camps
Psycho Social Activities at Yazidi Camps
 
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