Investigations | 30 Nov 2014

Many Syrian children who lost their parents due to the war in their country were settled at "Bayti" [My House], part of the Maram Relief and Development Organization located in the Turkish city of Reyhanli. There they are provided with medical services, education, and care to attempt to compensate them for the loss of the care normally provided them by their families, which they lost in the war.

Mayada, Director of the Bayti Foundation, says that it was founded on August 5, 2014, in order to provide a decent life for children who have lost their most basic rights of access to the necessities of life due to the war in Syria. She adds that the foundation has an absorptive capacity of one hundred children.

The foundation currently houses thirty children, whom it provides with comprehensive care of food and clothing services, as well as education, health care, and psychological counseling. The age groups received by the project, range between two to ten years, of both genders.

Samer Ghannam, Bayti's educational supervisor, says that the foundation's door is open to take care of any Syrian child. There is no impediment to accepting these children. According to Ghannam, all that is required is proof of loss of parents, or a Turkish documentary equivalent which can be obtained from the local municipality.

The Foundation, as Ghannam explains, conmprises 11 employees, supervisors and kindergarten professionals.

Bayti focuses on the specific situation of Syrians children. It offers many educational activities to help them escape the atmosphere of war, under the supervision of trained Syrian specialists in education and psychology.

"Thilal," a kindergarten specialist, says that they follow a system of caring for orphaned children, based on age from two to five years.

She adds: "Children are divided into three sections: The first is based on entertainment for two to three year-olds. The second is educational for three to four year-olds, wherein learning is through play. The third is specialized education for four to five year-olds, with teachers who received training courses to enable them to deal with children with special needs."

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