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Caritas Turkey

Caritas in Turkey works with a variety of groups needing support: refugees, migrants, ill-treated women, children, the elderly, handicapped people and minorities. Caritas Turkey helps to provide services in the fields of emergencies, health, education, social adjustment and employment.

Among its activities are projects for assistance in securing personal documentation, providing food aid for the needy and response to emergencies such as flooding, earthquakes and refugee influxes.

Since 1991, Caritas Turkey has been working for refugees. Large numbers of refugees from Iraq have received considerable support from Caritas, which has provided medical and food assistance and legal advice, helped children with their education and sought employment opportunities for adults.

With the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Turkey, along with Jordan and Lebanon has welcomed thousands of Syrian refugees, some staying in refugee camps and other sharing crowded households, mainly in south and southeastern Turkey. The refugees attended by Caritas have received not only medical assistance, food and provisions, but also support and solidarity from its staff.

Caritas Turkey works in collaboration with other Caritas members such as Caritas Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands (Cordaid) in carrying out its humanitarian work. One of its guiding principles is that the poor are not objects of pity but the authors of their own development.

The main areas of work of Caritas Turkey include:

  • Emergency response
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Social development
  • Care for the elderly and the handicapped
  • Support for refugees
  • Assistance for the poor and needy

Caritas Updates from Turkey

  • Syrian refugees in dramatic need in Turkey

Syrian refugees in dramatic need in Turkey

  • 24 June 2015
Women and children refugees recently arrived from Syria to Turkey are living in extremely difficult conditions. Caritas is able to some aid but more is needed.
  • Winter highlights desperation of Syrians

Winter highlights desperation of Syrians

  • 21 January 2015
Snow and freezing temperatures in the Middle East have left millions of Syrians in even greater need without the means to protect themselves against the weather.