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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

  • What future for Syrians in Turkey?

What future for Syrians in Turkey?

  • 18 June 2016
Giving the Syrian refugees something to hope for is a key. Caritas provides a space for children to play, do art, make friends and even garden.
  • Caritas worker in Syria, refugee in Europe

Caritas worker in Syria, refugee in Europe

  • 8 January 2016
Modar used to work for Caritas in Syria helping people who were fleeing conflict. When life became too dangerous, he left for Europe. He describes his work, the terrible journey and coming to terms with being a refugee.