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QC opens community centre for Syrian refugees in Turkey

QC opens community centre
for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Tribune News Network
Qatar Charity (QC) recently launched a community centre in Kogali, Turkey, to provide support services for Syrian refugees and Turkish citizens at an estimated cost of $750,000.
The centre, which is expected to benefit 14,000 people, is part of the “QUEST’s initiative” launched by the State of Qatar to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. The project was implemented with the support of the Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) and in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC).
The inaugural ceremony was attended by a number of officials from QC, the governor of the Turkish city of Kogali and the general manager of the TRC.
“The community centre in Kogali is one of the results of the QUEST initiative, with the support of the QFFD and QC, and a special partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent,” said Nasser al Mogaiseeb, manager, Relief and International Partnerships, QC.
He added that the centre provides great services for the benefit of Syrian refugees, including childcare services, psychosocial support, education services and economic empowerment programmes. He also pointed to the special relations with the TRC through the implementation of many projects inside Turkey and on both sides of the Turkey-Syria border.
Bayram Salawi, director of Immigration and Refugee Services of the TRC, thanked the Qatari donors and QC for their support to the Syrian refugees in Turkey, praising the cooperation between QC and the TRC in implementing charitable projects.
He added that the new centre provides good services to the refugees in the fields of education, healthcare, handicrafts training and economic empowerment .
The centre provides many services for the benefits of Syrian refugees, such as psychological support and protection services to prevent abuse and violence against vulnerable groups. The centre also provides activities for children aged 4 to 18 years, while enabling legal, medical and educational referral services for the refugees, and supporting their livelihoods through vocational training, job search and joint courses. It also provides provides healthcare services such as physical examination of children, assessment of child malnutrition and awareness programmes for mothers about childcare.
In addition, the centre offers courses on Arabic and Turkish language, basic computer skills, Turkish cooking, and handicrafts such as embroidery, sewing, pottery and ceramic works.
The Syrian crisis has led to the displacement of millions of refugees to neighbouring countries. Turkey hosts the largest number -- 3,572,000 refugees.