Turkey hosts thousands of people fleeing wars and discrimination in their home countries. Most of these refugees are women and children, and many of them have no income. Often single mothers, widows or isolated, they live in very precarious conditions. Regardless of their living environment, whether urban or rural, the families face many problems arising from marginalization, invisibility and lack of contact with local communities, language difficulties and difficulties in accessing their rights.
The Imece association works with this particularly vulnerable group of people by enabling them to join a program called “Solar Age”, which aims at promoting their economic empowerment. This program offers participants skills in solar engineering. The aim of the Solar Age project is to develop technical skills related to the construction and maintenance of solar-powered batteries. Launched in 2018 with the Syrian women’s community in the Izmir region, the project has been redesigned to reach a group of women from ethnic minorities not covered by the large international organizations present in Turkey. The project presented thus aims to train displaced women living in the multicultural district of Basmane where the most disadvantaged populations are concentrated.
Imece is a non-profit organization based in Izmir, Turkey, on the border of the Greek island of Chios. It supports displaced people in Turkey in access to school for migrant children, training in solar engineering, access to electricity on the roads of exile.