Project: Earthquake Relief & Livelihoods Support in Syria and Turkey
RPI and Kids Paradise
Project Summary: Refugee Protection International and community-led partners are assisting over 21,093 earthquake survivors in Syria (Idlib, Aleppo regions) and Turkey (Kahramanmaras, Antakya, Reyhanli, Gaziantep regions). 12,874 persons are receiving emergency food aid, milk, or winter clothing, of which 10,025 have already benefited. This featured project with RPI’s Turkish-Syrian partner Kids Paradise organization builds on 4 years of jointly supporting relief aid, livelihoods, and psychosocial well-being in war-torn Syria and neighboring Turkey. Since the 2023 earthquake, RPI and KP, which implements onsite, are providing ready-to-eat meals, bread from local bakeries, tents, and blankets to Syrian and Turkish survivors. RPI continues to sell crafts made by Syrian women trained in joint self-reliance projects. Funding is needed to scale psychosocial support. Donate here.
Background: Since the initial 7.8 magnitude earthquake on February 6th, 2023, over 50,000 civilians have died in Turkey and Syria, with millions in need of aid. The earthquake damaged Kids Paradise office and destroyed staff housing. Hussein, KP manager, was pulled from the rubble after he, his wife and child were injured. Hours later, he rescued 2 children orphaned by the disaster, even as his extended family remained trapped below concrete. This personal experience has reinforced Kids Paradise and RPI commitment to aiding as many survivors as possible.
Funding is urgently needed to scale this program. RPI and Kids Paradise first collaborated in 2019 on assisting flooded informal camps in northwest Syria. We co-designed a self-reliance program active since 2019 that provides KP-run skills training, in-kind grants, and stipends to displaced women, child care, psychosocial support, and distribution of refugee-made soap. In 2021, this program was expanded from Turkey to Syria. RPI sells the women’s crocheted dolls, toys, and decor in America to provide them with humanitarian cash-for-work support and to expand training to include mothers of malnourished children and quake survivors. Thank you to our generous giving partners.