The kite. It symbolizes freedom and hope everywhere ... War or regional conflicts effect the children most anywhere in the world. This is the same for Syrian children as well. With “Wishes in the Sky”, refugee children make colorful kites with European university students and they write their expectations, hopes and messages. And at the end of the workshops, they fly their kites carrying their wishes to the sky in the memory of children who lost their lives during wars and migration of refugees.
Gaziantep -Refugeee Camp-, Turkey
Hope is the most valuable thing that can be owned in life, one thing that is impossible to replace. They lost their countries, their homes, perhaps even their parents… But they must not lose their joy of living. Our project will support the refugee children, who have lost many things at a very young age, to learn to always be hopeful whatever they meet in life. It will contribute to their growing up with a new, hopeful, humanistic and universal outlook to the world and life.
“Wishes in the Sky” Project aims to eliminate the effects of war on refugee children through play. It aims to contribute to their growth as individuals with confidence in the future. It aims to create awareness with the messages of the children so that the whole world can be more sensible to the refugee problem.
A kite making workshop will be set up for refugee children in the camps. In the workshops, children will work with European university students in Turkey in the scope of the Erasmus program, under the supervision of trainers. European students will set an example for the refugee children in realizing their dreams and planning for their future; and the dialogue established in the workshops between refugee children and European students will directly contribute to strengthening mutual intercultural communication.
The primary target group of the project is refugee children, their families and students involved in the Erasmus program. The public in Turkey, Europe and the world is considered to be the indirect target group, whose sensibility in the subject will be increased with the promotion – media communication works.
The project does not aim a momentary, short-term improvement in contributing to the solution of the targeted problem, but life-long achievements that will enable mutual interactions of target groups. It is more than a usual aid campaign, it suggests a more powerful and effective change on a wider range of public, with the contributions of communication work. Journalists from all over the world will be invited to the final day to ensure that the messages of the project will reach the worldwide.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Project staff (11000 €), workshop expenses-materials (3000 €), transport and accommodation of students (6250 €), vehicle-equipment-translator expenses (8000 €), works of media communication company (3.000 €), production of project documentary (5000 €), project web site (900€), promotions to kids (3000€), organization expenses (3000 €), other expenses (3000 €).