RAF to open city for Syrian orphans in Turkey

 13 May 2017 - 23:45

RAF to open city for Syrian orphans in Turkey
A mosque inside the RAF's orphan city in Turkey scheduled to be opened on Thursday.

The Peninsula

Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) has announced to open a large orphan city at a cost of QR71m for Syrian orphans in Turkish city of Al Raihaniya on May 18.

The project “City of RAF - Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) for Human Development” is the largest project for caring Syrian orphan children in Arab and Islamic region.

The project was implemented by RAF in collaboration with its local partner, IHH. The City has a total built-up area of more than 68,000 sqm with a total cost of QR71m donated by philanthropists in Qatar.  RAF said in a press release that about 6,000 orphans from the Syrian refugees in Turkey will benefit from the City's facilities.

RAF said that 990 orphans will reside in the City on permanent basis and receive education and all the services they need.

Over 5,000 orphans will receive the services like education, health, sports and social services provided by the City, it said, noting that it would be a unique model of care, rehabilitation and capacity-building of orphans to be leaders in the future.

The project is designed as an integrated city with 55 residential villas in addition to schools, closed and open gymnasiums, mosque, social halls, an integrated health center, green spaces along with service rooms and markets. RAF has laid the cornerstone of the project in the city of Rihaniyah in southeastern Turkey's Hatay Province on July 2, 2015, corresponding to World Orphan Day, and within the framework of a protocol signed with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies in the Republic of Turkey.

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