The school in Khirbet Amoud, Syria, which was founded by the kids to life foundation in 2017, has grown considerably. It now offers lessons for 600 children, all of whom come from war zones and are scarred by the horrors of war. The school gives them back a sense of normality, provides them with security and opens up future prospects.
It is an area that has been badly affected by the war. Just a few months ago, bombs struck near the school, which underlines the urgency and courage of this project. Aynur Gündüz puts it in a nutshell: “Besides humanitarian aid, education is the most important thing for these communities. If the children do not receive an education, the families lose hope and leave their homes. With our school, we offer stability and lay the foundation for the reconstruction of the region in the future. Thanks to the help and support of the Help Children Foundation, we can carry out the projects in a planned and safe manner. Thank you very much for that.”
The kids-to-life center in the slums of Gaziantep is developing well. It has now become a safe haven for 60 Syrian children, all of whom live in precarious conditions in the slums. The children are often sent out onto the streets to beg or collect garbage. For many of these children, a visit to the center is the first time they feel safe, seen and valued. Here they are not only fed, but also prepared for school. They receive education, support and, above all, hope. The Help Children Foundation also supports this project to the best of its ability.
After a severe earthquake caused massive damage in the Turkish-Syrian border region on 6 February, kids to life organized aid deliveries to the region. The focus was on the 1,116 orphans, many of whom had already been orphaned by the war and were now doubly affected by the earthquake. Some of them found refuge with relatives, while others lived in orphanages that were destroyed by the quake. The Help Children Foundation supported these important aid deliveries from the kids to life foundation.
The relief efforts took place from February to April 2023, with the aim of securing the care of these children and providing them with much-needed support and hope during this dark time.
In April 2021, survival packages were once again distributed in refugee camps around Idlib and Aleppo in collaboration with kids to life. The packages contain basic foodstuffs and warm blankets, toys and learning materials for the children, as well as masks and hygiene products that are urgently needed in the camps.
It was once again a great pleasure for the Help Children Foundation to receive and distribute the aid so directly, even though the situation in the camps is anything but pleasant. However, the children and their families are happy about any help that is given to them.
Below are some pictures of this campaign:
A school project has also been set up and support provided for it, such as classrooms, learning materials and school equipment for teaching and the children.
It is one of the biggest problems that the children in the camps do not receive an education and thus a lost generation is being formed. This lost generation is naturally very susceptible to being used as soldiers later on, as without education they have almost no prospects for the future. This is why school education is so fundamentally important for the children.
Here are some impressions of this project: