Sep
06
2022

A New Step Towards a Peaceful Life

Migration, Woman, Story
Accessing education or carving out space for self-expression and becoming financially independent can be difficult things to achieve for women, especially refugees. Vahide has been struggling for years, but she is no longer alone. Fifty-year old Vahide* lives in Hatay, Turkey, with her three children. She fled Idlib in Syria four years ago. Before that, she spent her childhood in Lebanon and Syria due to her father’s job and never went to...
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May
17
2022

Healing Through Conversation

Interview, Migration, Woman
Our field worker Emine, who is one of the organizers of information sessions we conduct for women in Hatay, met with participants of the session. Ohoud, Maisa and Fatma all agree that these sessions not only bolster their knowledge but provide them with a safe place to freely express themselves. The degree of equality between men and women living in a country is not solely determined by that country’s level of economic development. The...
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Feb
28
2022

Paying a High Price for Life

Humanitarian Aid, Migration, Story
The ‘Right to Life’ is the most basic and inalienable human right. However, those who have to leave their country to claim their right to life may have to pay a heavy price for it. Our corporate communication expert Çiğdem Güner tells the story of John*, a Nigerian refugee living in Diyarbakır. Istanbul experienced the heaviest snowfall in its recent history in late January 2022. The temperature dropped below zero, the city...
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Sep
17
2021

When There is Bread and Butter…

Migration, Story
Standing tall on one’s legs and keeping head above water is definitely precious for everyone. For Şenay who got a divorce from her husband and came to Turkey from Bulgaria 5 years ago, having a job is not just about putting bread on the table, it is also about believing in herself again, taking care of her son, going out in public, being able to dream… “I am living with my family, I am divorced. I had difficult times. I retired into my...
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Aug
18
2021

Opportunity Without Prejudice

Migration, Story
Erhan is one of the participants of the short-term employment project in İstanbul, which we initiated to breathe life into financial state of vulnerable populations especially during the pandemic. Erhan, who was rejected in job interviews several times on the grounds of his disability after a work accident, says that he is psychologically and financially relieved and more hopeful for the future. The 39 year-old Erhan is one of the...
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Jun
18
2021

Safe At Last, Emira Stands On Her Own Feet

Humanitarian Aid, Migration, Woman
A single mother, Emira works hard to meet the needs of herself and her children. Moreover, she has the self-confidence of being a part of a circle of solidarity. This is the story of Emira, a story of perseverance and hope from Syria to Şanlıurfa despite all difficulties. My name is Emira*, I was living in the Ayn al-Arab region of Syria with my husband and children. I would like to tell you my story. It is a story so full of different and...
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Jun
16
2021

"I Had to Succeed for My Daughter"

Humanitarian Aid, Migration, Story
Muhammed is one of the participants of the short-term employment project in Adana, which we initiated to breathe life into financial state of vulnerable populations especially during the pandemic. Having to work since he was a child, Muhammed stands tall and strong with his disability. Also he is one step closer to his dreams for future. We are saying #FutureBetterTogether on June 20 #WorldRefugeeDay and listen to Muhammed's story. “I was...
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Jun
16
2021

"I am Working and Believing in Myself"

Humanitarian Aid, Migration, Story
Gade continues to work at the job she got in the scope of our short-term employment project that was a lifeline support for herself and her family during the pandemic. Now she believes in herself more, because she is a breadwinner. Her expectation from the future is to work at a long-term job where she can receive the pay she deserves and secure her new life in Turkey. We are saying #FutureBetterTogether on June 20 #WorldRefugeeDay and listen...
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May
27
2021

Keeping Baby Sena Alive

Humanitarian Aid, Migration
Being a humanitarian worker sometimes means supporting empowerment of an individual while sometimes it means striving to keep a soul alive. Lokman Amaç, social worker in Diyarbakır province in eastern Turkey, tells us how he supported 3 month-old Sena in her struggle to survive. I am Lokman Amaç. I am working as a social worker at Support to Life Diyarbakır. As the operating partner of the international humanitarian organization Diakonie...
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Apr
14
2021

Together to Protect Human Honor: Core Humanitarian Standards Training (CHS)

Humanitarian Aid, Story
We organize core humanitarian standards (CHS) trainings to increase the capacities of persons and institutions working with refugees. These two-day trainings are given by our Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Director Aslı Silahdaroğlu Bekmen. A dedicated humanitarian worker, Aslı talks about what core humanitarian standards mean for her and explains the significance and content of this two-day training. As Support to...
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