Since Syrian refugees began coming over Turkey’s borders in large numbers, the Turkish Red Crescent has been involved in mitigating the conflict’s effects. Currently, long-term support and adaptation among the displaced and host communities are the focus, and help is given in terms of shelter and settlements, emergency relief, community services and outreach, and education support. The Turkish Red Crescent’s capacities are also built and operational support is given to further aid the delivery of services. The continued armed conflict in Syria has resulted in refugees spilling over it borders into neighbouring Turkey. Other regional conflicts have caused even more refugees and asylum seekers to seek refuge in Turkey. In 2015, the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey is expected to reach close to 1.9 million, 1.7 million of whom come from Syria. This necessitates tremendous resources not only in terms of infrastructure, but human services as well. The projects assists Syrian refugees in camps in the following provinces: Hatay, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Sanliurfa, and Kilis.
To provide the basic needs of hundreds of thousands of people in camps, food is distributed along with tents, and hygiene products and infrastructures are set up to improve conditions. Community services and outreach for both refugees and surrounding communities come in the form of psychosocial services and other activities that aim at building social integration and reducing stigmatisation. Since there are many children residing in camps, education and recreation activities are implemented alongside psychosocial programmes. In support of the above the Turkish Red Crescent Society’s capacity is supported through increasing access to both human and materials sources to effectively respond to the needs of the displaced.
This project assists Syrian refugees in camps.