Live and Study in the Orphan House for Syrians

Comfortable housing for orphans in Reyhanli have been occupied by orphan families with a total of 85 inhabitants. Meanwhile, the shelters for Syrian orphans that are being built in Aqrabat will accommodate 100 inhabitants.

ACT's orphan house for syrian refugees
ACT Orphan House in Reyhani, Hatay Province, Turkey. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, REYHANLI, AQRABAT - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to pay attention to the lives of Syrian refugees and IDPs by providing basic necessities, one of which is by providing shelter and education for Syrian children through the Orphan House Program.

ACT's Orphan House in Reyhanli will operate for at least five years. The Orphan House is not only a place to live, but also a place for Syrian orphans to get education.

"At the Orphan House, Syrian fatherless children will take part in classes such as Turkish and Arabic language, Quran memorization, Islamic jurisprudence, and other classes. There will also be empowerment programs for the mothers of these fatherless children in the form of Islamic classes and so on. The children living in ACT’s Orphan House had previously lived in trailers on the outskirts of Reyhanli City for five years since they fled from the civil war in Syria," said Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT , Tuesday (2/9/2021).

According to Human Rights Watch, 1.5 million school-aged Syrian refugee children live in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Half of them do not have access to formal education. Although the host countries have opened up opportunities for refugee children to receive formal education, they still have to deal with several obstacles, including language barriers and a lack of affordable transportation.

The Orphan House is ACT’s initiative funded by the Indonesian people to support the needs of housing and education for Syrian children. Currently, the Orphan House in Reyhanli has been inhabited by 85 people. Meanwhile, the comfortable shelters in Aqrabat will be occupied by 100 orphaned families.

"Alhamdulillah, after the construction of temporary shelters for refugees in Salqin and Mashad Ruhin in Syria, now ACT runs an Orphan House in Reyhanli, Turkey and is building temporary shelters for orphans in Aqrabat, Idlib, Syria. Insha Allah, with the continuous support from the generous donors, we will continue to provide the best support for the Syrians who are in dire need," concluded Firdaus. []