According to UNHCR, nearly 250,000 refugees live in 22 camps across Turkey. While many of these camps are well equipped with running water and electricity, the lives of these refugees have been altered forever. Outside of the camps, over 2.7 million more Syrians live in villages and cities across Turkey and over 10 million Syrian refugees are estimated to live around the world. These numbers are overwhelming governments and charities everywhere. The Anka Cooperative is just one small organization trying to do our part to give refugees hope and to provide them with dignifying work.
Only 30 miles from the Syrian border, Sanliurfa is home to one of the oldest refugee camps in Turkey. Originally built and designated as a natural disaster relief center, the camp on the edge of the city has the capacity to hold 10,000 people. Due to the dire humanitarian situation in Syria however, there are currently over 14,000 inhabitants in the camp. The residents live in air-conditioned 20′ shipping containers with their family members. The camp has a school, ample electricity and running water, and the streets are paved. The refugees are able to leave and return to this secure facility as they wish. The Anka Cooperative weaving workshop currently employs 25 refugees in an air-conditioned, well-lit activity center that also houses an art room, restrooms and laundry facilities.
The Adiyaman refugee camp is about 100 miles from the Syrian border and is one of the largest refugee camps in Turkey. This refugee relief center in the hills outside of the town currently houses over 30,000 inhabitants. The residents live in tents with their family members. The camp has a school, ample electricity and running water, and the streets are paved. The refugees are able to leave and return to this secure facility as they wish. The Anka Cooperative currently employs 225 refugees in six air-conditioned, well-lit weaving workshop tents.
Coming 2017 –
We have been approached by camp management to expand our training and empowerment model to the refugee camp in Gaziantep, Turkey. This expansion will cost The Anka Cooperative over $100,000 for looms, supplies, training, transportation, instruction, etc. We will need financial help to reach our goal to expand to this third camp. By purchasing a carpet from Anka, you will not only acquire a woven treasure, but also help us to employ and empower Syrian refugees.
We sincerely need your help to sustainably assist more people in 2017
Your purchase of one rug will empower and employ one refugee for up to one year.