Solidarity with the children of SUR in Diyarbakır, a symbol city for Kurdish people in Turkey
Description: The workcamp “Solidarity with Children of Sur’ will take place in ‘Sur’ town of Diyarbakir. There, was a conflict (almost a civil war) between armed Kurdish youths and Turkish Security Forces for months. During the 103 days of curfew and conflict, hundreds people lost their lives and thousands their houses, hundreds buildings were ruined and more than 10.000 children couldn’t go to the school for months. Sur means “fortress walls” in Turkish, it takes its name from the centuries-old walls encircling the old city of Diyarbakir, which was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, shortly before the unrest broke. Home of some 125,000 persons, half of them residents of the ancient walled city, the district is rich in historical monuments and traditional architecture.
Type of Work: The association Youth and Change Association was founded to improve the sense of belonging to the city and foster participation to the city life, to assure that youths and women take an active role in the management of the quality and livability city, to bring solutions to the problems of youths and women.
The plan is to organize 10 days of "Language, Traditional Street Games and Rhythm workshops" with children of Sur. We will also be receptive of the ideas of the volunteers and will add some new workshops according to the volunteers’ skills and propositions. Furthermore, we will have one day of more physical work, in order to re-design/paint the wall of children center.
Study Theme: Before working with the children, volunteers will be informed about the region, how to work with children, the background of the children in Sur, about the city and the Kurdish situation.
Accommodation: Participants will stay in our guest house in seperate rooms and workshops will be implemented in Sur town which is 10 minutes far from the guest house. There are 4 bathrooms and access to wifi. The guest house has an equipped kitchen and volunteers will self manage themselves in the preparation of food. Sometimes we will have lunch/dinner outside in order to taste traditional Kurdish foods.
Requirements: The volunteers should enjoy the company of children, be creative and pro-active.
Approximate Location: Diyarbakir
Notes: The participation to this workcamp requires the attendance to the NorthSouh training organized by SCI Italy (for Italian volutneers). Please contact your sending branch for further information.
The majority of Diyarbakir is ethnically Kurdish (more than 90%) and Diyarbakir is a symbol/capital city for all Kurdish people who live all around the World. You will have a chance to know more about Kurdish people, history and culture. Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape is in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List since June, 2015. Diyarbakir and Kurdish people are well known about their hospitality and we will try to do our best about that (some sightseeing, visiting cultural centers etc.).
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