after the Earthquake
HRDF has started working in Gölcük immediately after
the earthquake. These activities were generally related with
the urgent needs of the population right after the earthquake.
HRDF volunteers helped the international teams to rescue people,
they distributed food and clothes and opened laundry and showers.
In the mean time, an outpatient clinic was opened; group and
individual therapy sessions for adults and children were held;
the students who were in need of support were matched with
those individuals or companies who would like to provide the
scholarships. The activities to provide social and psychological
rehabilitation started in the tents and barracks. Then gradually
two youth centers, two child day care centers and a woman
center were opened in different neighborhoods of Gölcük.
Ihsaniye Social Center
All the activities mentioned above have been gathered under
the same roof of a community center since 2001. In the establishment
of the Center, Kessa Dimitra (a Greek NGO) has provided the
funds for the construction of the building and Municipality
of Ýhsaniye has constructed the infrastructure.
Today, in this Center, there are units for children, women,
youth and elderly. Psychological support services, provided
by two psychologists continue under the supervision of HRDF.
The regular courses held in the Center are; English Language,
PC, ethnic dances, saz and guitar, handicraft and drawing,
sewing and embroidery. Full time day care for children and
activities for elderly are among the daily activities that
take place at Center. The center operational costs are
met by CRS and UMCOR.
Reproductive Health Training for Children and Parents in Gölcük
The training sessions on reproductive health were held in
2000-2001, for children and parents who had participated in
social activities and rehabilitation program in Gölcük.
JOICFP, a Japanese international NGO provided financial support
for this program.
Reproductive Health and Support Program
HRDF implemented a program in 2000, with the support of ECHO/UNFPA.
Mobile health care units provided health and counseling services
for women and men; contraceptive materials and iron pills
were distributed. The health service providers checked the
elderly people as well, for the first time in the area. Their
needs were defined; vitamin and calcium pills were distributed.
Parents and School Collaboration Program
HRDF, Caritas Turkey and International Blue Crescent have
started a program with the support of Catholic Relief Services
(CRS) to support schools in the earthquake region to become
agents of social development in their community. The main
objectives of the program is: to build the organizational
capacity of the Parent Teacher Councils at the school level
for effective involvement in the resolution of child and school
related issues; to enhance parental skills and; to increase
teachers' capacity to involve parents in education of their