After my high school education, I started my career path in 2006 and worked in various sectors and business lines to gain experience in many areas. After graduating from the Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations in 2015, I searched for a job related to my studies and met the International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation (IBC).
In 2011, under the influence of the civil war in Syria, many Syrians were emigrated to Turkey. Day after day, refugee population in Turkey continue to increase. Around 3.5 million Syrians are living in our country according to the data by 2019. Along with the projects carried out by NGOs that are the funding institutions in Europe, many Syrians are ensured to hold on to life and getting support for their social cohesion and economic conditions.
The Cash for Work (CfW), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the International Blue Crescent Humanitarian Relief and Development Foundation (IBC) has been in operation since 2017. I've been included to the Project as the Sultanbeyli Field Logistics Assistant in 2018. In a short period of time, our field team showed a high performance and more than 1000 job applications were received. For the first stage of the Project, among the ones that meet the project criteria, a total of more than 300 beneficiaries with equal number of Turkish and Syrians were entered into the relevant units of Sultanbeyli Municipality.
In the second phase of the Cash for Work Project, I continued as the Project Assistant at the Head Office since 2018 August. I was responsible from the organization of the field activities of both Sultanbeyli and Küçükçekmece fields. At the end of the project in January 2019, including 555 Syrian refugees under temporary protection, a total number of 1138 beneficiaries were obtained from the work permit and employment opportunity.
Starting from May 2019, 'Promotion of Economic Prospects for Refugees and Host Community in Turkey (PEP) Project', I continue my career in IBC as the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. In addition to provide employment in the scope of project, “A1 level Turkish language course” and “daily care of working beneficiaries’ children” are provided as complementary services.
Even a slightest contribution I can make for the PEP Project, I am extremely honored to have an opportunity to contribute on the economic situation and increase the social cohesion of the people in the most disadvantaged conditions in our country; regardless of their nationality, language, religion, belief, cultural and physical characteristics.