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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.

Peter Stambler Here's a little video I shot after we got these lovely mats to sleep--er, leap--on. Not educational so much as a testimony that these survivor kids can find and manufacture joy after all they've been through. Should mean they can also benefit from literacy, n'est-ce pas? The question: should I upload this to the Read the Children video collection?