IHH- IHH-The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarion Relief carries on taking care of children made orphan by wars, occupations and natural disasters through its “Sponsor Family Program” that aims to sponsor orphans until they can finance themselves. Education, health, food, clothes and accommodation expenses of an orphan can be met by donation of 70 Turkish liras a month. Over the last three months, orphans in Tanzania from Africa and Sri Lanka from South Asia were added to the program. With these two, the number of the countries where IHH carries out its “Sponsor Family Program” rose to 25. By January 2010 15,300 orphans are supported by IHH on behalf of Turkish donors.
The orphans of Aceh start university
Since the 2005 tsunami that also hit Indonesia, 100 orphan children have been sheltered in IHH-built Istanbul Orphan Complex in Aceh, Indonesia. All expenses of the orphans are born by IHH. Nineteen of the orphans succeeded in the university entry examinations and were placed in the following departments: Economics, Psychology, Electrical and Electronic engineering, Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Teaching, Fine Arts, Theology, English Language and Literature, Islamic Banking and Communication.
Eid clothes for orphans
The Foundation distributed clothes at Eid al-Adha to orphans in Turkey and 15 countries and regions worldwide. The volunteers helped orphans in Istanbul and other cities of Turkey in chosing their Eid clothes. In Arakan, Bangladesh, Philippines-Mindanao, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Darfur, Ethiopia, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tatarstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia and Turkey 2,802 orphans were provided with Eid clothes.
Orphans in Turkey extended wide support
IHH provides psychological and social support to the orphans in Turkey as well as financing their expenses. Groups of volunteer psychologists and pedagogues visit orphans and their families in order them to overcome their problems. The Foundation is also paying extra coaching classess’ expenses of seven orphans in Istanbul that are preparing for the university entry exams.