20 November is the Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide awareness about protect and promote children rights. That day is also the day that Convention in the Rights of the Child legally adopted. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. Currently, 194 countries are party of it, including Turkey.
The convention acknowledges that every child has certain basic rights, including to be raised by his or her parents within a family or cultural grouping.
In Syria, because of the civil war more than 4 million Syrian and also children are forced to refuge and start a new life in another country. Turkey is one of them.
IBC has been working to help those children with “Child Friendly Spaces” projects in Urfa, Islahiye and Kilis. The overall objectives of these projects are to give educational and psychological support for children, allow them to socialize, attract children to get involved in fields such as music, theatre etc. IBC collaborate with UNHCR and other international relief institutions to build project centers.
One of them is Kilis Beşevler Center. This center reaches more than 300 children and help them to alleviate their anxieties for the future and give them confidence for life. Amine is one of them.
She is 9 years old and came from Halep 4 months ago with her parents. She lost her uncle in a bombing at Halep. She thanks to IBC because she feels safe with their help and also she laughs again.