Fourth DRC community centre opens in Turkey

The Danish Refugee Council on Tuesday opens the first Community Centre (CC) in Kahramanmaraş province, Turkey, hosting more than 80,000 Syrian refugees. The centre is funded by DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).


The new DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, ECHO-funded CC is part of a bigger programme of centers that DRC is implementing in center Turkey. Through all type of services, DRC supported more than 137,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 alone, in close collaboration with the authorities.

- Our top priority is to provide essential support to both the refugee and Turkish host community, said DRC Secretary General Andreas Kamm.

- We want to provide our beneficiaries all the support they deserve. We are here because DRC believes in providing aid to those who need it, wherever they are CCs allow beneficiaries to access information on legal rights and services, as a first step, and provide a haven of peace for both Syrians and Turkish citizens. DRC has been operating in Turkey since 2013, with focus on Hatay, Kilis and Sanliurfa provinces.

- With the expansion of activities in Kahramanmaras, we hope to be able to access more beneficiaries by contributing to the current efforts in close collaboration with local and national authorities. Depending on funding, we look forward to reach more and more refugees and host community members in the future. DRC seeks to expand its Livelihood programming in order to support access to employment benefiting both Syrians and citizen of Kahramanmaras; said Martine Villeneuve, DRC Turkey Country Director.

- The generosity of donors like ECHO, and DANIDA allows us to continue our work and expand. All our projects are implemented in close collaboration and cooperation with the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), as well as all the line ministries in the province who supervise DRC’s implementation; Villeneuve added.

As the Syrian conflict continues and the refugee crisis moves into its sixth year, DRC remains focused on addressing both the immediate gaps in humanitarian aid and promoting longer terms solutions to the large-scale displacement challenges, ensuring necessary resources are in place where none else is present.

According to UNHCR, Turkey now hosts over 2.7 million Syrian refugees. DRC has been present in the Middle East since late 2003 and was one of the first international humanitarian organizations able to provide assistance following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Over the years the program has developed in both geographical spread and the tailored support following the multiple conflict-induced displacement in the region.

DRC has presence and operations in Greece, Serbia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Tunisia and Libya. DRC is addressing the needs of the most vulnerable Iraqi, Palestinian, Libyan and Syrian refugees, IDPs, returnees and migrants in the region.