Mavi Kalem collaborates to strengthen the non-governmental organizations established by refugees from Afghan and Turkic Republics under the umbrella of the Eurasian Turkish Associations Federation.
In Turkey, large numbers of refugees from Afghan and Turkic Republics face serious difficulties and do not have access to many basic services. In addition to difficulties such as not being able to access education, legal and health services, and working in difficult conditions in unregistered sectors, the fact that they do not know the language of the country they arrived stands as a major obstacle in front of many solutions.
Refugees from Afghan and Turkic Republics came together in the face of these difficulties, developed support mechanisms and created non-governmental organization (NGO) capacity. These 11 Afghan non-governmental organizations come together under the umbrella of the Eurasian Turkish Associations Federation and carry out their work in cooperation.
Mavi Kalem works in collaboration with Eurasian Turkish Associations Federation to support associations affiliated with the federation.
These works are grouped under two main titles: Institutional capacity building work and legal consultancy works given to the employees of associations affiliated to the federation and beneficiaries coming to the institutions.
Within the framework of this collaboration, we visit Istanbul-based associations three days a week and provide legal advice. By informing the consultees, we make referrals to the necessary public institutions and organizations. During our meetings with consultees, we observe that there are many other sensitivities besides the need for legal advice. We expand the service area by referring consultees with whom we observe different sensitivities to the Mavi Kalem hotline and case team.
Within the scope of capacity building activities, we conducted two online trainings with the associations affiliated to the federation, namely “Humanitarian Aid Standards” and “Migration and Status in Turkey”. With these trainings, we aimed to activate the existing human resources of associations, their capacity to reach the society, and to strengthen their international protection perspective and rights-based approaches. The trainings were very interactive, and the associations shared their experiences on the subjects they had difficulty with and the examples they were satisfied with.
Capacity building includes building links with humanitarian actors and local municipalities to increase associations’ access to information, asylum procedures and available services. These works will continue throughout the process.
The works of Mavi Kalem with associations affiliated to the Eurasian Turkish Associations Federation are carried out in cooperation with the Eurasian Turkish Associations Federation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).