EU Supports Syrian and Turkish Women and Youth In Kilis #SyriaWar
Two historical houses renovated by the German Development Agency (GiZ) with EU and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funding were inaugurated today in Kilis.
The buildings, Asmalı Konak and Ulu Camii Women Enrichment Centres, were restored in the framework of the Qudra project, to serve as community centres for women and youth, both Syrian and Turkish, in Kilis.
The Qudra Programme –financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund for Syria and the BMZ – aims to improve access to education for Syrian and host community children and adults and to foster social cohesion between refugees and host communities. The two Kilis community centres will aim to empower and strengthen women and youth through training and socio-cultural events.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger said on the occasion: “This is a great example of how joint efforts of the EU and its Members States together with Turkish central and local institutions deliver quality services and contribute to social cohesion in towns affected by a massive influx of refugees, such as Kilis.”
More Syrians live now in Kilis than the local population. In the two centres, the Municipality of Kilis will be able to offer trainings including cookery, pastry, hair-dressing, elderly care, Turkish language courses, literacy courses, skin care courses and provide a kindergarten.
The centres will also train approximately 300 young people to become leaders of their communities and to help them actively shape social life in Kilis for the benefit of both communities. In addition, young people will have an opportunity to gather for cultural activities such as dance, music, instrument playing, painting and art, sports and hand-crafts.
The Facility for Refugees in Turkey
The European Union has been supporting Turkey in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initial support was in the form of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Other EU financial instruments for medium and long-term support were added later, responding to the protracted nature of the crisis. In January 2016 this support was substantially scaled up with the entry into force of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, as a part of the commitments under the EU-Turkey Statement.
Through the Facility, €3 billion has been contracted to assist both refugees and host communities in Turkey, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, socio-economic development and migration management. Under the €3 billion support, 72 projects are now on-going.
This funding is being partly channelled through the EU Regional Trust Fund for Syria (EUTF-Madad). Overall, the EUTF has reached a total volume of €1.5 billion to date, covering Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Western Balkans. Large programmes focusing on education, livelihoods, health, socio-economic support, water and wastewater infrastructure – benefitting both refugees and their host communities – have already been approved by the Fund’s Board, for a total of more than €1.2 billion.
The Qudra Programme, implemented by GiZ, (for a value of €74 million of which €18 million are implemented directly in Turkey) is one of the regional actions financed by the EUTF with the objective of supporting the resilience of host communities and their administrations, and that of the Syrian refugees.
This project is funded under the EUTF with an additional contribution from the BMZ. It brings together several Member States’ agencies (France, Germany, Hungary and Spain) and covers 4 countries affected by the Syrian crisis (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey).