Fact file

Supported since 2016
Number of beneficiaries 125 Families
Country Turkey
Type of Support Support Refugees

After 8 years of conflict, the Syrian crisis continues to have a devastating impact on children and young people across the region. There are over 3.5 million refugees from Syria living in Turkey, 90% of whom live in towns and cities instead of refugee camps. They are therefore outside the support structures delivered in the camps, and often find themselves socially isolated and lacking the items that they need for their families.

In 2016, we started a befriending scheme, where a team of volunteers, many refugees themselves, visit and provide support to families living within Yalova. They befriend them, taking the time to build relationships, provide peer support and meet their practical needs with clothing, food vouchers, nappies and blankets.

This project also seeks to provide long term stability for these women and their families, and have set up a cooperative through which the refugees (from Syria but also Iraq and Iran) can learn to crochet, knit and sew, and sell their produce to an international audience. This project provides viable income for these families, but also gives the women dignity and empowerment through employment.

CRY’s regular and reliable support will enable the project to continue meeting the practical needs of these families, help train and support the volunteer befrienders, and help fund administrative support for the women’s employment initiative.

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