Differences are beautiful: A reflection on our work with Okmeydanı

By Aimen Nabhani   Starting from October 2017, our volunteers have joined Okmeydanı Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Derneği, a local community association for social assistance and inclusion, every weekend to help integrate children from diverse and displaced communities. Volunteers first provide homework help, ranging from explaining math problems, helping with English homework, and even working with …

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Iftar&Community III: ‘A real sense of community’

Eid Mubarak, Ramazan Bayramı Kutlu Olsun! This Ramadan, Istanbul&i hosted 6 Iftar&Community events in the Tarlabaşı/Kasımpaşa neighbourhoods. The events included art activities, games, and sports for the children as well as special programs such as inviting a professional clown, circus performers, and a registered nurse to present about dental hygeine. The end of each evening’s …

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Volunteer Stories: How Istanbul&i made me fall in love with Istanbul

Fateme has been volunteering with Istanbul&i for almost one year. Here she shares her story of getting involved with our projects and how Istanbul&i’s welcoming atmosphere helped her see another side of Istanbul.   I moved to Istanbul in the autumn of 2015 where I didnt know anyone. A year and half passed by until a new …

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Ramadan Mubarak/Hayırlı Ramazanlar

Ramadan Mubarak and Ramazan Mübarek Kutlu Olsun to all those celebrating this important month. Ramadan is a time for reflection, charity, and sharing meals with friends, family, and those less fortunate. We at Istanbul&I are very happy to spend this holy month committing further to supporting displaced and refugee communities and increasing connection and understanding between different …

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The Syrian refugee comedians of Istanbul breaking stereotypes

Istanbul&i volunteers organize comedy events to improve understanding and compassion amongst groups. Organizer Omar Mohmmad has been performing stand-up for two years in the bustling city of Istanbul, finding humour in sombre subjects including the refugee trail, the dangers of going out to sea, and integrating into Turkish culture… read more Date: May 2018

Volunteering in Istanbul: Istanbul&i’s Unaccompanied Minors Project

About six times a week, unaccompanied refugee minors from a boys dormitory and volunteers from Istanbul&I gather to partake in educational and social programs. Activities range from English and Turkish language exchange, to football, art classes, and social programs such as sightseeing trips. The activities provide the boys a chance to learn, develop skills, and …

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