| Jan 23, 2017
Since the beginning of the war in Syria and Iraq, the Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has supported the partner organizations with around 15 million euros, helping more than half a million people. In order to reach even more people, we are dependent on your donations.
One Main country for the refugees is Turkey. Most of the refugees who seek shelter in the project areas Batman and Diyarbakir are from the Syrian-Turkish border region, mainly from the cities of Aleppo and Hassakeh. About one-third of refugee families complained about the death of at least one relative. In addition to the traumatic experiences they had in their homeland and on the run, this is another reason for the urgent need for psychosocial help. Half of all refugees are children and most of them suffer from severe trauma.
Cash transfer - make decisions yourself
We implemented a program in Turkey together with our local partner organization Support to Life (STL) since May 2015, which concentrates on the financial support of the refugees. The refugees are supported by cash transfers. Especially needy households are given a money card for three months, which is charged monthly with 62 Turkish Lira per person. This sum is intended primarily to cover the basic food requirements. It is based on general guidelines for the minimum daily intake of nutrients.
In the meantime more than 70,000 mainly Syrian refugees have been provided by the program. Our partner, STL, has had experience with this type of humanitarian aid since 2013 and found out that families who received money cards are now able to get regularly meals and to consume foodstuffs such as eggs, milk or meat products. Every three months, it was examined whether the beneficiaries would receive a money card for a further three months or whether there would be more needy refugees. With this additional income, people can set priorities and decide for themselves what they spend their money at what time. This allows them to preserve their dignity and freedom of decision.
We are able to offer this necessary aid with support by the European Union but especially thank your donations.
Thank you for this strong support! Please feel encouraged to support our work furthermore, so that we can help even more refugees affected by the conflict in Syria.