Refugees in Turkey
As of June 2019, there are over 3.6 million refugees fostered in these camps. More than 500 000 of them are spread in Istanbul alone. These statistics have taken a toll on the Turkish government's resources, which has seen them failing to facilitate adequate housing, food and clothing for all the people in the camps, evidently voicing out the need for external help. The living conditions in these clusters poses a threat to the lives of its residents as people are starving, children and the elderly are malnourished, increasingly poor sanitation within the camps, shortened life spans and deteriorating health from inadequate medical care facilities and poor sanitation. As we move deeper into the winter, temperatures are already dropping to as low as 2 degrees Celsius in certain regions of Turkey including Istanbul and are still expected to fall into the minus range as the cold season unfolds. Most of the refugees require suitable clothing, bedding and heat generating facilities to see them through the winter
My name is Juliet Rufaro Chakuzira. I am a young African woman living in Istanbul, Turkey and originally from Zimbabwe. My welfare club members and I "Tomorrow's Happiness" decided to end 2019 by bringing some hope to the disadvantaged refugee families living in Istanbul. Our club is made up of different foreign nationals including Turkish citizens too, who came together initially to provide level ground for people to get to know and appreciate each others cultural and religious beliefs and more importantly to know more about Turkey. We wish to grow as a club through engaging ourselves in activities that better the lives of those in need. We may not be able to change lives completely but we wish to leave a mark that says "the world is not only watching and making articles, but making an effort to help."
In December, we intend to bring essentials such as winter-suitable clothes and shoes, food and drinking water, baby food, blankets and sanitary pads (for the girls and women) to the refugees in Istanbul. It is not difficult to identify them as they are often in the streets, begging in train stations or walking about in an evident cloud of hopelessness.
Later in December and part of January, we hope to spend a few weeks in Izmir volunteering at refugee camps, spending time with the victims and doing our best to let them know that the world cares and have done something about the devastating situation they are facing. Carrying similar items to these camps with hundreds of thousands of refugees would be a beautiful and humane thing to do. We are certain that these random acts of kindness will bring them joy and cater for some of their winter needs.
We cannot accomplish this initiative on our own and are therefore appealing to you to stretch your hands and bring light and hope to our Syrian brothers and sisters who are in desperate need of our help, by donating however much you can. Kindly take time to share the link for this fundraiser with your friends and family. We believe the power of the masses in crowdfunding will help us reach our goal and improve the lives of some refugees.
If you are in Turkey and would like to donate physical items, these are more than welcome. Please contact us so that we arrange a collection point.
US$ 15.00 buys a full tracksuit.
US$ 12.00 buys a blanket.
US$ 15.00 buys a pair of winter boots/shoes.
US$ 5.00 buys 10 packs of sanitary pads (sufficient for one girl/woman throughout the winter.)
US$ 30.00 provides a family of four with two meals a day, for up to a week.
US$ 5.00 buys 40 liters of drinking water, enough for up to two weeks per family of four.
**Kindly note that these prices are based on our findings in December, 2019 and may differ by the time of purchase.
For more information on the refugee status in Turkey you may use the following links:
We will be updating donors on the progress of the fundraiser and what we would have managed to do for our brothers and sisters in these refugee camps this winter.
Thank you for your kindness!