Back to school brings major challenges for Syrian children
As children in Ireland prepare to go back to school this week, getting access to education continues to be a challenge for thousands of Syrian children living in Turkey.
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Thanks to your generous support, we've helped Syrian refugees in Turkey to live with dignity and to rebuild a future for themselves and their children.
Ahmed* lived a peaceful life in Syria with his wife, daughter and two sons. Then the bombs came, and he was forced to take his family to safety. They fled to Turkey, leaving behind everything they knew – their home, friends and jobs.
Thanks to our emergency voucher programme, Ahmed and his family were supported while living in Turkey. Ahmed recieved vouchers worth €17 for each family member per month, so him and his family were able to buy food and other basic necessities. Overall, the programme has benefited almost 37,000 refugees.
Thanks to the support he’s received, Ahmed has started to rebuild a future for his children. And he has a simple message of thanks:
We thank the Irish people who are supporting Syrians. I am wishing we had a normal life and you could come to Syria and I would host you at my house."
Our e-voucher programme has given Syrian refugees the security they needed to make it through the month. We’ve seen that the majority of families who received e-vouchers are able to meet their basic needs and there’s been a significant reduction in the number of families sending their children to work. The programme also allowed Syrian refugees to regain some of the dignity and independence that has been stolen from them by the ongoing war.
Thanks to your generous support, we have reached over 36,000 individuals with our e-voucher programme. The vouchers were spent on a number of basic essentials including food, hygiene and clothing.
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*names changed for security purposes