We're a group of Syrian, Turkish and international volunteers helping families through job opportunities, education and emergency aid in Izmir, Turkey.
We usually start our week by visiting new families.
These are not necessarily new families in Turkey, but new families for us.
They're usually referred to us by other families. In some cases they approach us on the street as we're visiting other families.
The first visit is to get to know the family: where they're from, how long they have been in Turkey,
any kind of skills or interests that they have. See if anybody is working in he family and if he children are attending school, or
if they have any medical condition that requires our help.
We're currently supporting 460 families.
A couple of days later, we re-visit the new families to bring some help.
The help varies by family needs: mattresses, baby food, working materials, or some monetary assistance.
We continue to visit and in contact with the families to try to find a way to help them based on their skills and interests.
We run two kindergarten schools for 120+ children.
We have hired five Syrian teachers from the community and we have classes Monday - Friday.
We teach Arabic, Math, Arts, Dance and plenty of play time.
The teachers work closely with the families of the children older than seven to get them registered into a Turkish School.
Every Sunday we visit one or more families for dinner.
It's a program that we started in February to help some families financially, but it quickly became a social activity.
We're their friends coming over for dinner. More than 85 delicious and fun evenings so far.