A community center in Istanbul's Sultanbeyli district, which has been called "Little Syria" for its large population of Syrian refugees who fled the ongoing war in their country, helps them to socialize with the local people and learn new skills. Set up by Turkish Red Crescent, the leading charity in efforts to improve lives of refugees, the center provides lifelong learning, Turkish classes and social events for refugees of all ages. The Syrian refugee population in Turkey exceeded 3.5 million in the eighth year of conflict in the country's southern neighbor Syria. There is no end in sight for the war, pushing refugees to ponder a longer stay than they planned and leaving Turkey scrambling for their better integration. Arif Muştu, a Red Crescent official who runs the program at the Sultanbeyli community center, said they started opening such centers in 2015 both to cater to locals and refugees. A similar center serves in Şanlıurfa, a border city with a large Syrian … [Read more...] about Lifelong learning classes give Syrian refugees chance to socialize
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A few miles from the Syrian border in Lebanon, the Beqaa valley is lined with olive groves, vineyards and pomegranate trees. Amid the orchards lie large encampments of white canvas. Up close, these are the homes of tens of thousands of Syrians waiting to restart their lives, somehow and somewhere. The picturesque surroundings stand in stark contradiction to their tattered tents and desperate lives. Unsurprisingly, the news of the arrival of two Germans last May aroused much curiosity among the resident refugees. It is hard to overstate the positive image Germany has held in the mind of Syrians in recent years: admiration for German efficiency, prosperity and welfare systems is combined with awareness of its generosity towards the displaced, symbolised by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s admission of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing across Europe three years ago. The two Germans were carrying video cameras and filming the camp – even if they themselves seemed … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight What is a German alt-right organisation doing in Lebanon’s Syrian refugee camps?
A mum and daughter running duo have been encouraging each other in the training for their first half marathon together, hoping to raise lots of money for refugee children. Tiki Hills, a childminder from Littlehampton, won a place at the San Francisco Half Marathon last year and persuaded her mum, Michele Smith, to go on the training journey with her and take part in the Chichester Half Marathon 2017.They are both signed up to this year’s Chichester Half Marathon on Sunday, October 7, raising money for Children on the Edge, a charity working with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh.Michele said: “It gives me something to race for. I don’t mind running but this just gives me something extra to keep me going. It’s helping children and if we don’t support children then what are we even doing?”Tiki and Michele have already met their £100 fundraising target by doing a raffle and a coffee morning.The mum and … [Read more...] about Mum and daughter training for Chichester Half Marathon to support refugee children
Louth Churches for Refugees welcomed around 100 people to their community sponsorship launch last month, in a bid to welcome a vulnerable Syrian family to resettle and integrate in the Louth area. The event was held at Louth Methodist Church on June 19, supported by national guest speakers such as Dr Russell Rook and Pastor Stuart Keir, and regional organisations including the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project and the Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary.Those in attendance were asked to support, practically and financially, a vision to welcome a vulnerable Syrian family, currently living in a UNHCR camp in the Middle East, to resettle and integrate in the Louth area. This would be achieved through ‘Community Sponsorship’, which was launched by the Home Office in 2016 in response to the government’s commitment to welcome 20,000 Syrian refugees to the United Kingdom.The scheme enables community groups such as charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to … [Read more...] about Churches unite in a bid to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Louth
PLANS are in the pipeline to renovate a mansion near Leamington. Offa House in Offchurch was sold by the Church of England in May 2017 after being put on the market with a guide price of £875,000. The new owners of the the 27-bedroom property want to use the grade II listed building as a family home and have applied for permission to completely renovate the mansion, along with a number of other changes. These include dividing the main 18th century property from a wing which was added in the 1980s and extending it, creating an additional four-bedroom property for their ‘aging parents’. The family also plan to transform the Coach House on the land into a seperate home, complete with its own driveway. The application to Warwick District Council reads: “Proposed changes will be to suit modern living standards yet ensure the historic and architectural importance of this listed building will be preserved and the impact will be minimal to any remaining features and … [Read more...] about Plans in pipeline to renovate mansion previously earmarked for Syrian refugees