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Establishment of a house for orphan girls in the Village for Syrian Orphaned Children in Turkey

In view of the continued military activities in Syria, the humanitarian situation in the region continues to deteriorate. According to estimates, approximately 300,000 people died in Syria since the conflict began - men, women and children, and over 2.5 mln people fled the country, mostly to Turkey. A significant part of the refugees are women and children, whose husbands and fathers died in the fight. Most of them are deprived of basic necessities.

In order to protect those who suffered the most as a result of the war - children who lost their parents, it is of paramount importance to provide them with safe, healthy and friendly environment, so that they can regain their psychological and physical balance. The crucial element of this undertaking is the construction of an orphanage in the district of Reyhanli, the Hatay Province, in south-east Turkey, where the majority of Syrian refugees stay. The project is in line with the strategy of the Turkish authorities and the priorities specified in the international obligations of Turkey towards the European Union.

Establishment of a house for orphan girls in the Village for Syrian Orphaned Children in Turkey

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 31 October 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ankara and its local partner, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. Its objective is to increase the stability of the region by providing the war refugees with basic necessities.

The project is a component of a bigger undertaking aimed at constructing an orphanage in the district of Reyhanli, the Hatay Province, in south-east Turkey, where the majority of Syrian stay. The orphanage will comprise separate houses for boys and girls, a school, sports facilities and playgrounds. The project, financed from the Polish Aid's funds, supports the construction of a house for the girls: purchasing materials, constructing the building and supporting it on a monthly basis. It will be a two-floor house with an area of 350 m2. It will be constructed with the use of technology guaranteeing quick work, complying with safety and durability standards (including the seismic resistance). Before the building is put into operation, it will be equipped with the necessary furniture and fixtures (including home appliances, lightning or bathroom fittings).

The 18 Syrian orphans - Syrian girls, their guardians and employees of the village for orphans will be the beneficiaries of the project.

Establishment of a house for orphan girls in the Village for Syrian Orphaned Children in Turkey

The project, co-financed by the Polish Aid's funds, was implemented from 1 July to 31 October 2016. It was a part of a bigger project aimed at creating a compound of 55 housing units, a primary and school and a secondary school, a sports and leisure area, an administrative building, a medical centre, a hostel and a mosque. The entire compound is scheduled to be put into operation in January 2017. The Polish Aid supported a part of the construction and finishing of one of the houses, the purchase of construction materials and the comprehensive finishing works. The Child Living Centre comprises a total of 55 housing units providing approximately 1,000 Syrian children with shelter.

The project was co-financed by the Polish Aid grant amounting to approximately PLN 124,000 (USD 31,500) and its entire value amounted to approximately PLN 980,000 (EUR 247,000). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 3.9488.