Orphans given a hand during Solidarity Days
We spent every moment of Orphan Solidarity Days between 16-31 March with an activity or a program.
Middle East, Turkey 18.05.2012

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which is supporting 24,100 orphan children from 36 countries as of March 2012 with regular assistance, organized Orphan Solidarity Days between 16-31 March. Groups composed of IHH staff members, volunteers, donors, health workers, and press members visited the regions where our foundation operates within the scope of the Orphan Solidarity Days, which aims to draw attention of the Turkish and world public to problems and needs of 165 million orphans around the world. The teams met with orphans in Turkey as well as Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon in the Middle East; Somalia, Sierra Leone, Chad, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Malawi, Tanzania, Burkina Faso in Africa; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Pattani, Pakistan in Asia; Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania in the Balkans; Chechnya in the Caucasia. Orphan care projects in Yemen, Ghana, Sudan, Djibouti, Aceh, Philippines/Mindanao, Jammu Kashmir, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Ecuador were carried out through our local partner organizations.    

A number of organizations were carried out in the visited regions depending on local needs such as clothing and stationery aid, health screening, orphan wedding ceremony, circumcision ceremony, blanket-mattress distribution, food aid, paying for expenses of orphanages, and assistance to families of orphans (distribution of sewing machine, sesame grinding machine, milking cows, etc.). The projects were prepared in accordance with needs of local orphans. In addition, orphan care activities of local partner organizations were inspected closely and they were advised on future projects. Based on assessments and analyses, first steps for possible projects in the coming years were taken.   

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2012 ORPHAN SOLIDARITY DAYS

16-31 MARCH 2012

 

COUNTRY/REGION

PROJECTS MATERIALIZED

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES

SOUTH ASIA

ACEH

Paying for educational expenses of 22 girl university students living at Aceh Istanbul Orphanage

22

Purchasing school bus for Aceh Istanbul Orphanage

86

BANGLADESH

Clothing and stationery aid

150

Providing sewing machines to 20 families, goats to 20 families and milking cows to 10 families as part of a project to help development of families of orphans

50 families

Paying customary dowries of orphan girls preparing to get married as is the tradition in the region

15

Picnic organization in three different areas

2000

JAMMU KASHMIR

Meeting one-year expenses of a vocational training center set up for orphan and needy girls

50

Winter clothing aid

50

MINDANAO

Organizing Quran recitation, painting, hadith and knowledge competitions among children staying at different orphanages

200

PATTANI

Trip and picnic organization

100

Organizing football, basketball, and similar activities for orphan children and providing sport clothing to them

100

Clothing aid

100

SRI LANKA

Health screening

300

Picnic organization

300

Quran recitation contest

300

Sporting competitions

300

CENTRAL ASIA

AFGHANISTAN

Clothing and stationery aid

957

Health screening

300

Trip and picnic organization

470

KAZAKHSTAN

Providing suit, shoes, shirt and socks

50

Stationery aid

100

Two-ton fuel supply to orphan families

50 families

Four-day trip to historical and cultural sites

50

Food pack distribution

50

KYRGYZSTAN

Providing clothing aid to orphan children living in two orphanages in Çüy area and aid in-kind to the orphanages

100

TAJIKISTAN

Trips to amusement park and zoo, lunch, surprise presents to orphans, clothing and food aid

30

BALKANS

ALBANIA

Entertainment program for and presents to 1005 orphan children

1005

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

City tour in Sarajevo, trip to zoo, lunch organization, and taking orphans to the cinema

50

€50-worth gift cards to orphans for clothes shopping

80

KOSOVO

Banquet for orphan children and their families

250

MACEDONIA

One-year long scholarship to orphans attending secondary school and high-school

160

Purchasing a house for the family of an orphan

1 families

AFRICA

BURKINA FASO

Trip to museum of history, zoo and other entertainment and cultural sites in the capital Ouagadougou for 80 orphans

80

Each family was given a sheep or goat as part of project to help development of families of orphans

80 families

DJIBOUTI

Trip to amusement park and zoo, organizing theatre and various cultural activities, lunch program

217

CHAD

Stationery aid

200

Distribution of mosquito nets to help prevention of malaria that is common in the region

200

Food pack distribution to families of orphans

200 families

Picnic organization

150

GHANA

Health screening

100

Picnic organization

100

Clothing, food and stationery aid to orphans

100

ETHIOPIA

Organizing various sporting and cultural activities such as football, volleyball among orphan children and rewarding winners

732

MALAWI

Providing health screening and mosquito nets to 80 children, 50 of the orphans, who are living at IHH Orphanage in Kanyenda

80

Furnishing interior of Kanyenda Orphanage

40

MAURITANIA

Organizing sporting contests, cultural activities and picnic for orphans and their families

80

Opening butcher shops as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

2 families

Opening tailor workshops as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

2 families

Opening mini stores as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

2 families

Opening fabric dyeing workshops as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

2 families 

Opening mini restaurants as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

2 families

RWANDA

Clothing aid and laptop computer distribution (10 people)

40

SIERRA LEONE

Health screening against malaria, smallpox, chickenpox, measles, asthma, tuberculosis, pneumonia, yellow fever and so on

300

Providing cattle to families for livestock breeding as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

5 families

Providing micro financing to families as part of projects to help development of families of orphans  

15 families

SOMALIA   

Opening stationery shop as part of projects to help development of families of orphans  

3 families

Opening women clothes store as part of projects to help development of families of orphans  

5 families

Opening perfume shop as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

5 families

Purchasing grain milling machines as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

5 families

Purchasing sesame grinding machines as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

5 families

Opening electronics shop as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

2 families

Opening grocery store as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

10 families

Opening mini stores as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

5 families

SUDAN

Food aid to families or orphans and food pack to orphans

500

TANZANIA-ZANZIBAR

Trips to historical sites, zoo and coast in Zanzibar and lunch program

300

Constructing and furnishing the interior of five additional classrooms for students who registered this year at IHH-built Martyr Faruk Aktaş School

200

Providing capital to a family so that they can start poultry breeding as part of projects to help development of families of orphans

1 family

Providing transport animal and vehicle to a family

1 family

MIDDLE EAST

PALESTINE

Organizing a day event to raise morale of orphan children

300

IRAQ

Distributing clothes and toys to orphan children in Mosul

50

Trip to amusement park, handicraft competition and banquet program

650

Organizing traditional dishes contest for families of orphans and rewarding the winners

50

Distributing blankets, toys and food packs to orphan children

30

LEBANON

Renovating houses of orphans’ families

10 families

Trip organization

50

Distributing books to 300 orphan children in refugee camps and presents to 20 orphans winning a knowledge contest

320

YEMEN

Paying for treatment of 13 orphan children suffering from pulmonary infection, tonsillitis, rheumatism, and heart condition

13

Providing educational support

21

Providing aid in-kind to meet various needs of orphans’ families such as household goods, furniture

23 families

CAUCASIA

AZERBAIJAN

Clothing and stationery aid, mass banquet organization

325

LATIN AMERICA

ECUADOR

Organizing a trip to el-Boliche National Park and Quito amusement park for orphans and their mothers

26 individuals (12 of them orphans)

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