Number of Refugees with Red Crescent Debit Card Reaches up to 1 Million

18/10/2017 Paylaş:   

1 million people have received Red Crescent Debit Cards in a year in the context of Social Harmonization Program (SUY) initiated to financially support refugees in Turkey, mainly Syrians. Escaping the battle in their countries, refugees in Turkey now hold on to life with around 640 million liras of financial aid.

Funded by the European Commission and initiated by Turkish Red Crescent and the World Food Program (WFP) to support refugees in our country, Social Harmonization Program turns one year old. Having achieved to provide financial support to 1 million people in a year, program’s achievement was celebrated at a ceremony in Ankara.

Dr. Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, Minister of Family and Social Policy, Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu, the President of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Dr. Kerem Kinik, the President of Turkish Red Crescent, Huseyin Can, Secretary General, Alper Kucuk, Vice Director General, and Nils Grede, UN World Food Programme Representative/Country Director and Holders of Red Crescent Card attended the ceremony.
Aiming to support 1.3 million refugees
Speakers underlined that Social Harmonization Programme, being the largest humanitarian aid operation in the history of European Union, had reached 1 million people in a short span of time and indicated that they revised their aim to reach 1 million 300 thousand people. Participants mentioned that refugees found the opportunity to what they needed instead of what they were presented thanks to the said programme and stated that numerous organizations and professionals made utmost efforts in successful implementation of programme.
Dr. Kerem Kinik, the President of Red Crescent expressed that 1 million refugees of 65 million around the world, who had been obligated to leave their homes by force of arms, had been offered helping hands in the context of SUY Programme and thanked to those “safe hands”.

Fatma Betil Sayan Kaya, Minister of Family and Social Policy said “this programme manifested us that whatever the size is, awareness in humanitarian and conscientious matters sometimes have major reflections” to mention the importance of SUY.

A band called “Our Choir” consisting of Turkish youth and refugees sang songs in Arabic, Turkish and English at the end of the meeting.