Since Civil War broke out in Syria in 2011, it has driven 5.6 million people from the country, each fleeing danger, despair, and, many, certain death. It has left generations of innocent men, women, and children with the harrowing scars of war and an uncertain future. Neighboring Turkey has welcomed approximately 3.5 million refugees, but families and individuals must climb the most difficult mountain of all: building a life from scratch in a country that operates in a foreign language.
With all members of the family forced to sacrifice, school-age children abandon education and help the household make ends meet. In big cities like Istanbul, children hold unregulated factory jobs where they receive little pay, may work for hours without break, and risk injury. Unknown numbers of Syrian children, too, are kidnapped, trafficked, abused, or forced into labor- exploited for their vulnerabilities as refugees.
Introducing El Menahil Promise – Founded by the Tzu Chi Foundation in 2015, El Menahil International School (Turkish name) gives hope to displaced Syrian families through education and support for children, adults, and their families. We’re making a promise to give hope to survivors of conflict and war.
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