Small Projects Istanbul: A possibility for Syrian women to reconstruct their lives

April 19, 2016 - garden totes

Operating underneath a aphorism “Helping those replaced by a dispute in Syria reconstruct their lives,” and “The destiny of Syria might be uncertain, though a destiny for students and families from Syria doesn’t have to be,” Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) is a proffer organisation that has been providing denunciation and skills workshops and support for grave and supplemental preparation from their Olive Tree Community Center in Çapa for a past year. With a flourishing seductiveness in their activities, and generally in their Olive Tree Women’s Craft Collective, in that Syrian women furnish pleasing valuables for purchase, SPI has had to grow. In fact, over doubling in size, a NGO has now changed to a bigger and improved space and anyone meddlesome in checking it out is invited to attend their grand opening on Apr 22.

Started adult by an Australian expat in 2013, Small Projects Istanbul is a substructure that provides assistance, courses and workshops to replaced Syrians in Istanbul. Since a opening final summer, a Small Projects Istanbul team, that consists of a poignant array of expats, have been providing denunciation training, initiating village projects and sponsoring scholarships from their Olive Tree Community Education Center in Çapa, located in Istanbul’s Fatih district. In offer to charity a daily report packaged with activities and classes, such as Turkish and English denunciation classes, they have also been charity trade workshops that have turn increasingly renouned among Syrian interloper women.

It was due to a recognition of a qualification courses and these women’s gifted skills that a Olive Tree Women’s Craft Collective was formed. Operating out of their core in Çapa, these qualification courses offer Syrian interloper women a event to rise their skills in handicrafts and so be means to acquire provision support to assistance them reconstruct their lives. Just some of a pleasing valuables they furnish includes hand-made woven bracelets, china rings and china and copper-plated woven dump earrings and they are accessible for squeeze by links offering on a SPI website.

Interest in a qualification common and in Small Project Istanbul’s full operation of activities has grown exponentially. With some-more than 200 beneficiaries during benefaction and some-more and some-more people from a internal Syrian village fasten any week to attend a Turkish, English, German, Arabic, art and song classes on offer, SPI was feeling a need to enhance their space. In addition, there are 70 Syrian women participating in a qualification common during benefaction and a offer 40 on a list watchful to join, only adding to a needed prerequisite of a incomparable space to offer as their home base.

Small Projects Istanbul has stretched by 250 percent according to SPI Communications Manager Anna Tuson, and therefore, to accommodate this growth, they are relocating to a space “2.5 times” incomparable than their stream center. Thus, on Apr 22, Small Projects Istanbul will be opening their code new village center. Located only 5 minutes’ travel from their prior core in Fatih, this new venue will yield a improved work space for a women of a Olive Tree Women’s Craft Collective as good as a safer and some-more unsentimental area for children’s classes and activities. After a month of clean-up and renovations, a SPI organisation have announced a grand opening of their new village center, this Friday, Apr 22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., located in Fatih’s Mevlanakapı area on Karabaş Çeşmesi Sokak No. 2.

With a expansion, a new corner partnership with Atolyan Artisans will also yield opposite new workshops ensuing in offer sales channels for a handicrafts produced. “I’m generally vehement about a increasing ability for a Olive Tree Craft Collective,” says communications manager and qualification common plan manager Anna Tuson. “This beginning is unequivocally critical to a women involved, not only for a financial support, though also a boost to their romantic and psychological well-being,” explains Anna adding, “The array of participants has grown so many that we initial had to separate a group, afterwards after we were still forced to start putting newcomers on a watchful list, that is heart-breaking.”


A Syrian lady conceptualizing an appendage during workshop. Small Projects Istanbul’s new venue will yield improved work space for a women of a Olive Tree Women’s Craft Collective as good as a safer and some-more unsentimental area for children’s classes and activities.

Co-director Shannon Kay, who organizes programming during SPI, says: “Our weekly report is packed, with adult to 7 opposite activities using each day, interjection to a submit from a extraordinary organisation of gifted volunteers. With this new center, we’ll be means to rise a programs even offer and move some-more advantage to a village we serve.”

Founder Karyn Thomas, who recently returned from a Harvard Law and International Development Award Ceremony, that famous her as an honoree in tie with International Women’s Day for her work with SPI, is generous about a success and certain impact they have had so distant among a internal Syrian community. “When we initial non-stop a core final year, we never dreamed it would come this distant so quickly,” she shares. “We have so many families that rest on us now in many opposite ways, and there are new faces each week,” she says adding, “Moving and expanding like this is challenging, generally financially speaking, though a other choice would be branch people away, that we positively do not wish to do. So we find a way.”

Although SPI relies heavily on private donations and fundraising, one of their many new achievements is winning a plan extend from a Davis Peace Project in New York. If we would like to make a concession to help, we can move it on a day of a grand opening or revisit smallprojectsistanbul.org. Otherwise, a core is also in need of a operation of domicile equipment in good condition, such as kitchenware, cushions, towels, cosmetic tablecloths, shelves, cupboard items, garden chairs and list and a lockable arrangement cupboard and any children’s games and activities.

In offer to providing educational workshops, Small Projects Istanbul has also instituted a grant program, in that by donations, they have enrolled some-more than 50 children in schools. Last month, they also launched a new beginning to move locals and foreigners comparison to a partial of Istanbul they wouldn’t differently see and suffer a wonderful, home-cooked normal Syrian meal, prepared by a women in a qualification common who accept a increase in return, hold during a Olive Tree Community Center and orderly by Urban Adventures.

Their Olive Tree Craft Collective has truly proven to be a energetic force that is sketch far-reaching seductiveness among a internal Syrian village wanting to join and business vehement to squeeze these desirable present equipment by portion a good cause. Although with a new center, their activities and products constructed will also enhance and diversify, they now offer touching “Be a Change” rings and “Anti-terrorism” bracelets, that are being constructed in partnership with Grand Bazaar Jewelers, as good as organic string civic pattern receptacle bags sole in partnership with Twelv12 and their newest nonetheless many colorful and in direct object are their array of overwhelming palm woven ‘drop earrings’ by a new beginning on www.dropearringsnotbombs.org.

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