In Turkey, refugees can attend to various workshops and events for fun and self-improvement. Through these events, they can have good time, improve their knowledge and abilities as well as they can increase their chances of labor force participation in the future.
We believe that there are some points that refugees should take into consideration before they attend an event. The most important one is that they should only join the events in which they are sure of their contents so as to ensure their own safety.
Furthermore, it is necessary to have information about organizers of events in advance. The following list of associations and foundations has been working with the Turkish government and the sub-organizations of the United Nations. Therefore, you can count on the event they organize.
- The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM)
- Refugee Support Center (MUDEM)
- Yuva Association
- Refugees Association
- Turkish Red Crescent
- Support to Life
- Human Resource Development Foundation
The workshops and events organized by refugee aid associations are free of charge. They cannot charge you in anyway.
You can follow events organized by SGDD-ADAM on association’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. SGDD-ASAM has offices in over 40 cities. Click on this link to find out if there is a SGDD-ASAM office in your city.
Likewise, MUDEM actively make announcements on their Facebook and Instagram pages. MUDEM has offices in ten cities including Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Gaziantep, Kırıkkale, Yalova, Ordu, Sakarya and Duzce.
What allows these two associations to host various events is the project called “Together We Stand” that they carry out together. This project is carried out in Ankara by ASAM and in Istanbul by MUDEM. The project supported by GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) has helped Syrian refugees in two different and significant levels.
Firstly, the purpose of the project is to organize three-day workshops for Syrian (and Turkish) youth between the ages of 18-30 about volunteering, project writing, budgeting and application (organizing events). After these workshops, participants are expected to organize four events in the form of art, cultural, sports, and social event. Through these events, Syrian young people get chance to work at NGOs in the future, gaining experience in project writing and application.
Secondly, as it is aforementioned, the other part of this project is that each participant has to organize four events.
This means that events that the Syrians can regularly participate and improve themselves are being produced. You can find many more details about the project by following this link.
On the other hand, Yuva Association organizes events focused on refugee children and youth. The association targets children and youth to socialize and invest in their future through events and workshops, such as “Living Together: Migration and Social Adaptation” and “Ecological Literacy Education”.
You can follow events organized by Yuva Association on their own website or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
Within the framework of the cooperation agreement between The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Turkish Red Crescent, “Syria Emergency Response Child Protection and Youth”, was initiated in 2013. Many workshops and activities for children are held in child friendly spaces created within the scope of the project:
- Art workshops
- Puppet shows
- Handicraft workshops
- Sports activities
- Coloring activities
- Cartoon screening
- Sapling planting
- Film screening
Turkish Red Crescent organized 1,259,830 activities for children within the scope of the project between 2013 and 2017.