The Suna’s Ladies (Suna’nın Kızları) initiative, which operates below the Suna and Inan Kıraç Basis, is establishing a youngsters’s hub within the Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaraş, one of many provinces which have been affected by the pair of devastating earthquakes that rocked southeastern Türkiye early in February.
The goal of the initiative, which was launched in 2021 below the umbrella of the Suna and Inan Kıraç Basis, to maintain alive and additional the efforts, values and objectives of visionary businessperson Suna Kıraç within the subject of schooling, is to create protected areas that cater to the wants of all youngsters, notably ladies, with the assist of the Turkish Philanthropy Fund and in partnership with the Ministry of Household and Social Providers.
A youngsters’s hub established by the Suna’s Ladies initiative, in Kahramanmaraş, Türkiye, April 2023. (Courtesy of Suna’nın Kızları)
Following the earthquake, the initiative launched the mission to make sure that the distinctive wants of women impacted by the catastrophe are thought-about throughout restoration.
Between March 9-12, 2023, the group of the Suna’s Ladies initiative and a gaggle of skilled consultants carried out on-site visits in Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman, and Gaziantep, which had been the provinces that had been most impacted by the Feb. 6 earthquakes.
The group utilized a girl-focused design method to judge the momentary shelters within the earthquake-stricken areas, and interviews had been carried out with ladies aged 13 and above.
The outcomes of the journey had been collected in a report, which recognized precedence wants together with: establishing inclusive frequent areas for youngsters over the age of 12, rising and standardizing the tools, services and safety of momentary shelter areas, guaranteeing and enabling entry to schooling and different companies in addition to supporting and prioritizing the well-being of all youngsters in momentary lodging areas, with explicit give attention to ladies.
Ipek Kıraç, the founding father of Suna’s Ladies, who visited the sphere proper after the report was printed, acknowledged that offering protected areas for adolescents to proceed their studying journey and socialize with their friends has turn into an much more essential difficulty than it was earlier than the earthquakes.
“The impression I received from the individuals we met throughout our visits to the sphere is that the normalization course of will take time. Nonetheless, on this course of, it is rather vital to not ignore the distinctive wants of kids,” Kıraç stated.
Per their studies, it was seen that fundamental very important wants are being addressed; Kıraç famous that “our focus ought to be on creating protected areas, particularly for youngsters aged 12-18, each for not falling behind from college and for his or her emotional and bodily well-being.”
“After all, along with these, taking time to have enjoyable and relaxation can also be part of this therapeutic course of. We goal to fulfill the developmental wants of kids holistically, due to our youngsters’s hubs, the primary of which we’ve established in Pazarcık,” she added.
Explaining that the inclusive areas that take into account the distinctive wants of kids between the ages of 12-18, particularly ladies, are very restricted in momentary shelter areas, Kıraç furtherly famous that their hubs encompass multipurpose rooms and workshops. The workshops will supply applications that promote each the bodily and emotional well-being of kids on this age group, along with a gathering room the place youngsters can entry socio-psychologic assist, a quiet room the place they will spend time on their very own and a cafeteria the place they will socialize with their friends.
The Turkish Philanthropy Funds’ Earthquake Aid grant program funds the primary Youngsters’s Hub established by the Istanbul-based initiative. This donation was introduced on Worldwide Girls’s Day. On the similar time, the youngsters’s hub will likely be established in Hatay inside the scope of the group’s cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Household and Social Providers.
In keeping with the initiative, according to the wants and expectations of the youngsters who full this program, youngsters then actively take part in workshops and assist applications organized by Suna’s Ladies and by members of the Suna’nın Kızları community. Moreover, due to the hubs, will probably be potential for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to work collectively successfully and in coordination with the Ministry of Household and Social Providers.