Refugees

Description of Al Rahma Housing Center for Women and Children

In 2013, Human Action International volunteers began bringing medical supplies and walking aids to under-supplied hospitals and individuals in Turkey. During these trips, our volunteers were surprised by the huge number of people fleeing their homes in Syria and appalled at some of their living conditions.
It was then that the idea for a housing center for refugees was born and it was a year and a half later, in late spring 2016, that the AlRahma Housing Center for Women and Children in Reyhanli opened its doors to its first residents.

Two years later in 2018 AlRahma is sheltering 35 women and children. The aim of the AlRahma Housing Center is not only to provide a safe haven for widows and children fleeing the horrors of the war, but to provide a stable environment where children can enroll in school and widow mothers can begin the process of integration. Volunteers on location provide courses to the adults and young people seeking to improve their Turkish and English language skills, as well as sewing classes.
HAI volunteers have also received training in identifying and providing stress-relief techniques for war-related traumas and give workshops directed at helping the residents of the Al Rahma Housing Center work through them.
 

Currently housing 33 residents, the aim of the Al Rahma Housing Center is not only to provide a safe haven for widows and children fleeing the horrors of the war, but to provide a stable environment where children can enroll in school and parents can begin the process of integration. Volunteers on location provide courses to the adults and young people seeking to improve their Turkish and English language skills, as well as sewing classes.

HAI volunteers have also received training in identifying and providing stress-relief techniques for war-related traumas and give workshops directed at helping the residents of the Al Rahma Housing Center work through them.

Watch Paul introduce the project himself: