Help Children and Refugees in Türkiye (Turkey)

Türkiye (Turkey) continues to host the world's largest refugee population in the world. Today,  as the number of people forcibly displaced by conflict continues to grow, there are 3.6 million Syrian refugees under Temporary Protection, half of which are children.

Turkey is also home to a further 400,000 refugees and asylum seekers, with the largest populations coming from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. At least 1.8 million refugees in Turkey are living below the poverty line, including 280,000 living in extreme poverty.

Save the Children has a history of  working in Turkey to help provide children with access to education and to protect them from harm. We work closely with local and central authorities, partner agencies and local communities. Following the February 6 earthquakes that stuck the border of Turkey and Syria, Save the Children launched an emergency response to support the urgent needs of children and families impacted by the deadly disaster. 

At a Glance: Facts About Turkey

  • Population of Turkey: 83 million
  • Population below the poverty line: 14%
  • Percentage of children out of school: 35%

Our Work in Turkey

Our programming in Turkey is aimed at the following:

  • increasing access to learning and education
  • addressing child poverty
  • strengthening child protection mechanisms

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    Our Emergency Response in Turkey

    Save the Children is responding with our local partners, providing urgent life-saving assistance in Turkey to children and families impacted by the deadly earthquakes. We’re planning to reach 125,000 children in Turkey.

    We're distributing essentials like hot meals, clean water, tents, blankets, diapers, firewood and warm clothing

    Our team of water, sanitation and hygiene specialists are helping keep children healthy and protect them from the outbreak of waterborne diseases

     We're providing psychosocial support services for children, where children can participate in play-based activitie in a safe and protected space



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