Project information

Refugee Children Early Years/Nurseries in Turkey

Refugee families have little job security to earn a living in Turkey. Children may be left on their own or families risk being unable to earn a basic living. We want to establish early years/nurseries for refugee children in two cities that will provide safe care, feeding and basic education

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: 222 Ministries International

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  • Need


    In Turkey 222 Ministries works with Iranian & Afghan refugees who fled their countries for various reasons, e.g. political & religious persecution. Refugees apply to UNHCR for asylum. No living support is given in this process so families need jobs to survive. Refugees have no job security & often have to do heavy work for long hours at little pay. Achieving a basic living can mean both parents need to work. Children suffer with no education & are often left at home alone


    Provision of well run nurseries will give refugee families in 2 cities in Turkey greater opportunities to earn a living in the knowledge that their children are safe, well cared for and are receiving basic education. This will cover nursery and early years including subjects such as hygiene, English language, basic maths and music. There will also be opportunities to provide trauma therapy. This is a starter project to enable each nursery to become self-sufficient after 12 months

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Release parents to enable them to work


    » Provide safe, accessible venue that will enable parents to be released to work

    What success will look like

    Parents accessing work and being able to contribute towards the costs of the nursery

    Aim 2

    Provide feeding and basic education for children


    » Provide midday meal for children
    » Provide basic education for children at nursery and early years levels
    » Provide opportunities for therapy for those children who have experienced trauma

    What success will look like

    Provide a daily main meal for each child, provide teaching of a basic education curriculum and provide opportunities for trauma therapy

    Aim 3

    Develop Self-Sufficiency


    » As parents are able to establish themselves in work, they will contribute to the costs of the nursery.
    » Provision of employment for selected qualified staff members from refugees

    What success will look like

    By the end of 12 months we see income able to support the running of each nursery/early years education

  • Impact


    Many have dreams of where they intend to go, but these are undermined by the realities of refugee life including the challenge of earning a living and the absence of mechanisms for care and education of their children. Provision of nurseries and early years education is one way that can help refugees begin to think practically about their longer term future.


    The local context for refugees in any country is uncertain. Turkey's own situation poses a variety of possible risks that could impact on refugees. 222 has been operating in Turkey for many years and continues to develop local relationships. There is also a risk inherent in trying to develop self-sufficiency through an inherently fragile target population, which is why our plans are developed for a 12 month period


    222 will provide a report of the activities and outcomes for each nursery/early education, including the impact on children and their families and progress in development of their self-sufficiency.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,200 City #1 & #2 Facilities 12 months rent and utilities for one facility in each city
      £2,100 City #1 & #2 Outfit Furniture & equipment for nurseries
      £5,300 City #1 & #2 Workers 12 months for refugee children's workers
  • Background


    The project will take place in two cities in Turkey where there are Iranian and Afghan refugee populations. When refugees arrive the Turkish Government and UNHCR allocate them to live in selected cities, normally in the central Anatolian region of Turkey.


    Iranian and Afghan refugee families with younger children. They will benefit in being released to greater opportunities to find jobs and also for the care, feeding and basic education of their children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    222 Ministries is a Christian charity that works with people from the Farsi-speaking world. We work amongst refugees in 12 cities Turkey and we have delivered humanitarian support also to refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stella Saghian

    Based in the Netherlands she has extensive experience working amongst Farsi speakers, and also delivering humanitarian aid to refugees in Turkey