The RAF & IHH Children’s Living Center constructed on a plot totaling almost 100 decares in Hatay/Reyhanlı is the new home of the orphaned war victims who lost their parents. On completion, the complex will be the world’s largest children’s living center for the children orphaned in the war that has caused major destruction.
The main purpose of the living center is to protect and care for the orphans who are victims of war.
The living center was designed in the form of a small neighborhood. This new living space will help children, who have escaped the environment of war and experienced major traumas, return to normal life. In the complex, children will have the chance not only to live a healthy, peaceful life, but also live in an environment where they acquire self-confidence; where their emotions of kindness and compassion will develop by caring for animals and trees; where they learn to control their emotions and dream of a better future.
Homes in the living center were designed to meet the shelter, food, education, sharing, healthcare, clothing needs of the orphans in a family environment. The architectural design of the homes not only allows the children to care for themselves, but also teaches them to show consideration for private living spaces. Each of the homes, including the colors of the walls in the sleeping, dining, study areas was prepared with great care.
Conflict, bombs, the sound of gunfire and loss of family members inflicts deep emotional and psychological wounds on children. The special therapy center established for children that have experienced major traumas is one of the most important places in this living center. This aims to provide the children with psychological support, emotional security, self-confidence, the courage to ask advice and sharing their emotions.
The education system in the center was prepared for the children to gain social skills and a career so they can live without being dependent on others throughout their lives. At the same time, this education system will also contribute to their character education. These children, that receive a regular education, also have the chance to practice what they learn in the social areas, sport hall, mosque, plantation areas, in the home, the barber and market within the living center complex.
Health is undoubtedly one of the main basic needs of children. The living center was constructed so the children grow up in a natural, healthy environment. In the plantation areas, these children can cultivate their own fruits and vegetables that will provide them with their daily needs; their efforts of cultivating the soil will be rewarding for their physical and mental health. With the center’s health clinic and balanced diet of the meal system, the children will be physically healthier.
Sport is one of the most important activities that contribute to physical and mental health. In addition to the living center’s general social environment, the sport hall, football, volleyball and basketball grounds enable the children to use their energy in the proper way. Playing these games not only allows them to discover their own skills, but also contributes to their psychological health. Children that are talented in these sports can develop their skills even further.
Monitoring and reporting the behavior of these children in a home environment, and their behavior process in school, social spaces and in the therapy center was another objective of establishing the living center. Evaluating the development process of these children reveals the problems they face during the adaptation process to a normal life and enables experts to find solutions to these problems.
This center is not simply an accommodation place for these children. This is a huge living space where almost 500 personnel are employed ranging from carers to teachers, doctors to shopkeepers, gardeners to administrators, security experts and psychologist. While living in these homes, the children are supervised by expert carers every moment of the day; they can receive education and advice from their teachers, instruction on growing fruit, vegetables and plantation from the gardeners; consult the psychologist and train with the sport trainers any time they wish.
In addition to being an exceptional project that works to rebuild humanity, the living center also aims to protect the children of the community. The priority of the center is ensuring that these unprotected, orphaned children that are exposed to all kinds of threats can rebuild their lives, grow up to have respect for themselves and for others, and with human love and affection. In the future, these children that grow up in the living center with community awareness and where the sense of brotherhood becomes an essential part of their lives will be able to achieve accomplishments that will be beneficial to humanity.