Bridging the cultural gaps through Music and Dance. An Initiative led by the Youth to the young people of Türkiye

“Whenever we share our music, we share our emotions, our fears, and the challenges that bring us together”  RET Youth Orchestra and Choir member. Trained in leadership and communications, RET empowered eleven young participants coming from Belize, Ecuador/Colombia, Venezuela, Burundi, Chad, Kenya/Somalia, Lebanon, Syria and Türkiye founding the RET Youth Ambassadors Group. The first meetingContinue reading “Bridging the cultural gaps through Music and Dance. An Initiative led by the Youth to the young people of Türkiye”

Let’s Talk about Gender-Based Violence

As 2016 draws to an end, and as we recently celebrated the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we are reminded that gender-based violence is sadly still prevalent across almost all societies around the world. Tragically, in fragile contexts such as within displaced communities, it is usually greatly accentuated. Understanding the complexity of gender-basedContinue reading “Let’s Talk about Gender-Based Violence”

Trauma Dolls – Reconciliation Through Therapeutic Self-Expression

A new practice implemented by RET International in Mardin, Türkiye, is aimed at relieving trauma, while stimulating personal expression. In the room, we can hear the voices of the violence, the fear and the pain in every sound. The dolls are on the wall, hung from the ceiling with ropes, tied to a ladder, placedContinue reading “Trauma Dolls – Reconciliation Through Therapeutic Self-Expression”

When Social Cohesion Goes Green

On June 6th, in Southeastern Türkiye, a group of 12 young RET beneficiaries from the town of Viran?ehir implemented a social cohesion project in our Safe Spaces for girls in Süleymaniye and Büyükyol. The project raised awareness on environmental issues and recycling, while also providing common purpose and action, which in turn strengthens social cohesion.Continue reading “When Social Cohesion Goes Green”

Celebrating Children, Having Fun and Working with Communities

At RET International we have been working in Southeastern Türkiye for over two years, with a strong focus on the needs of youth, women and girls made vulnerable by the Syrian Crisis. Given this involvement, which has by now grown into sincere attachment to the local communities, our team was highly motivated to celebrate Children’sContinue reading “Celebrating Children, Having Fun and Working with Communities”

Bridging the Gaps through Language Training in Türkiye

RET International has been active in Türkiye since early 2013, where we have been concentrating on two main courses of action: Turkish language training for Syrian children and youth and the empowerment of vulnerable young women. Protection is the overarching goal of our projects and it is done through educational approaches, which provide adolescents, youthContinue reading “Bridging the Gaps through Language Training in Türkiye”