Support Refugee Babies

by Support to Life (STL) Hayata Destek Dernegi
Support Refugee Babies
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Last week the Syrian War entered its seventh year...

The babies born 7 years ago, are now 7 years old...

Those children are our future and we have to support their lives. This is our initial mission as an humanitarian aid organization.

In the work we’ve been doing as Support to Life in the past five years, we always strived to help Syrian
refugee families meet their basic needs such as food, furniture, winter clothes and provide psycho-social support
through, while also focusing long-running support programs to generate lasting impact. 

Support to Life has started to distribute 'tenth month baby packs' for the newborn refugee babies. Each ‘tenth month pack’ includes basic-care goods that the babies will need in the first six months of their lives such as blanket,jumpers, diapers, colourful tiny dresses, baby booties and so on. In addition, for mothers giving birth away from their homes under difficult circumstances, there is a ‘mother’s journal’ which includes information about child development.

Moreover, newborn mothers will be able to write their memories and emotional moments about their motherhood in that mother's journal. We are continuing to visit them and giving their packs nowadays.

Thanks a million for your donations and your presence. 

With the help of your valuable contributions we will have the opportunity to reach more refugee babies.

We believe that it is every child’s right to set-off in life with a good start!

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A.S. happyly born in Sanlurfa, Turkey.
A.S. happyly born in Sanlurfa, Turkey.

On a Sunday afternoon passed mid-October A. S. opened her eyes for the very first time as the fourth child of the family. The family’s story is fairly similar to the other Syrian Refugee families. Her mom along with her siblings, without a husband, fled to Turkey only a few months prior to her birth without passports or belongings.

The family was not a part of the ‘temporary protection’ program of the state and was not eligible for social services at the time we met them. However, they were in need of support and shelter. Our Case Management Officer Hatice Kaya, located in our Sanliurfa Office, along with our team helped the pregnant mother and her three children to find shelter until the identification process was completed.

After the most important problem was resolved the labor started, which is exactly when we found out that the mother was in worse shape than we though. She was immediately taken to the hospital and the painful delivery resulted with a c-section. Little A. S. was placed into an incubator, but was able to leave the hospital safe and sound with her mother in a few days. Your generous donations allowed us to give the very first gift to the newborn. Her mother does not need to worry of the caring items she needs for the baby girl. We would like to thank each and every one of you once more for supporting lives.

There are new lives coming to this world every day with the new hopes. According to UNHCR statistics, close to four hundred thousand out of all the registered refugees in Turkey is under 4-years-old. Many of these refugees were born in Turkey without protection or shelter. This is why your donation is very important for these refugees as it strengthens them to have your support.

A. S. and her mother leaving the hospital.
A. S. and her mother leaving the hospital.
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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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Support to Life (STL) Hayata Destek Dernegi

Location: Istanbul - Turkey
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Hayata Destek
Istanbul, Turkey

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