Supporting safe living spaces for Syrian orphan families seeking refuge in Turkey
Many Syrian refugees have been forced to flee their homes, with around 5.6 million seeking refuge in Turkey and other neighboring countries. This project focussed on providing safe living spaces with protection from abuse to orphan families who have lost their breadwinner.
With this project, we covered two months of rent and utilities for the building where many orphan children live with their mothers.
Thirty-nine-year-old Khawla is a mother of seven children currently seeking refuge in Turkey. She fled from Aleppo six years ago with her children. Khawla told us:
“Almost six years ago, the fighting started near our residential area in a neighborhood of Aleppo. My house was destroyed when a barrel bomb exploded next to it.
My husband died and two of my children were injured. Feeling very afraid for the lives of my young children, I had no choice but to leave the area.
I was displaced in several different areas inside Syria and in every region, we were at risk of death by shelling. Until we reached Turkey, I struggled with many hardships and to meet the daily needs of my children.“
Khawla now lives with her seven children in specialist housing for orphan families in Gaziantep. The family benefits from free housing, with running water and electricity, whilst the heating bills are also fully paid for.
“I am very happy with the support and hope that you will provide more assistance in the future. We live in extreme poverty and need someone who stands beside us to offer support.”