There are an estimated 100,000 child -refuges throughout the middle-east, without any way to attend school. 

Istanbul has taken in 360,000 Syrians. . . .they are just swamped. . . 

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Read The Children support non-profit organizations in these areas--to increase reading literacy through education, with several organizations currently in Afghanistan--and our list is growing!

Pictured at right are Syrian Children attending the Yusra Center. Will you help us help them? 

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An organization to provide materials, support, and funds to existing organizations trying to assist refugee children, children from areas of ongoing trauma and deprivation, and to assist in increasing literacy skills.


We want to stress that this is truly a organic effort to assist small but passionate and dedicated orgs on the ground, that may be overlooked by donors. We aim to fulfill the needs of basic educational materials, support, input and practical guidance for implementing best practices for young readers who have come from trauma.

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 "Refugee children under 5 n the three countries we are reaching total 102,000, 154,000, and 535,000 respectively.  In these neighboring countries of Syria, approximately 40 percent of 1.7 million school-aged refugee children are out of school—actual numbers may be higher. A situation that portends further social challenges for host countries and for Syria as refugees return".  READ MORE

 
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Located in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey, our center runs learning, social and recreational programs for displaced people in the Faith neighborhood.

Yusra Community Center provides a fun and safe learning space for children, who otherwise have no access to knowledge. We are a place of guidance for families, providing or assisting with medical needs, legal matters, skills training, language and literacy activities, and information services.

Children’s Program

Children averaging four to six years old walk through our doors to a friendly space. We offer numerous psycho- social programs, including art therapy and music workshops. Students are fed hot freshly prepared nutritious meals twice in the day and are provided a safe space to play. Our program focuses on school readiness; equipping children to smoothly integrate into public schools.

Family Wellbeing

At Yusra, we come alongside families as a whole. We help families understand their rights as refugees; assisting them in registering for Turkish IDs, receiving medical care and registering children in public schools. We have hosted health and parenting workshops, language clubs, and women’s livelihood activities. We also run psychosocial intervention programs for families.

Great Quotes

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.

—Mary Schmich

A book is a dream you hold in your hands.

—Neil Gaiman

“It’s one of the greatest gifts that reading can give a person: easy access to peace inside, even when the world outside is in shambles.”

– J. W.

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Their first school type books ever! Donations provided Yusra with these materials