Akkök Holding Iskenderun Support Center 18 September 2023

Akkök Holding's Support Center in İskenderun, established in collaboration with the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), aims to make a difference in the lives of citizens affected by the earthquake. The official opening of the Support Center, established by Akkök Holding in İskenderun for citizens affected by the earthquake in collaboration with the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), took place with the participation of Hatay Governor Mustafa Masatlı and Hatay Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Assoc. Dr. Lütfü Savaş. The support center aims to bring together children and young people aged 6-23 in specially designed workshops to reduce the traumas they experienced after the disaster. 

Akkök Holding, in collaboration with the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), opened the support center it established in İskenderun in September to alleviate the wounds of the earthquake that occurred on February 6th. The official opening of the center, which will have social and emotional support programs for at least 2 years for children, adolescents, and young people, was attended by Hatay Governor Mustafa Masatlı, Hatay Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Assoc. Dr. Lütfü Savaş, Akkök Holding, and TOG officials.

The quotation can be revised during the speech or approved in advance if possible: Speaking at the opening, Hatay Governor Mustafa Masatlı said, "The projects to be implemented at the Support Center, which we opened in cooperation with Akkök Holding and TOG, will benefit our citizens. I believe that with these centers, which embrace children and young people and provide them with education and psychological support, we will heal our wounds more quickly after the disaster. I thank Akkök Holding and TOG for their support. Each of these projects sets an example by strengthening social ties." After the opening, Governor Masatlı participated in workshop activities with children and young people.  

The target is thousands of children and adults 

The Support Center, where various activities, workshops, and practices will take place to strengthen the relationships of children, adolescents, and young adults aged 6-23 with life, was established in a U-shaped area of ​​360 square meters. The İskenderun Support Center, taking into account that children and young people living in container cities do not have areas to study, has workshop areas, libraries for studying, and playgrounds that children, young people, and adults can use simultaneously.  

Social and emotional support 

The İskenderun Support Center will provide social and emotional support activities for young people, children, and adults. For children, activities such as games and various workshop studies, school support programs, workshops, and cinema days will be organized at the center. For adults, workshops on gender equality, health and self-care seminars, and trainings to increase social skills will be provided. 

Employees were carefully selected 

At the center where the language barrier is planned to be eliminated, project consultants were selected from individuals who have previously experienced earthquakes and disasters and specialized in the field.  There are about 930 people in the container city where it is located, and about 1,000 people in the adjacent container city. Since the target audience is all residents of the container city, it is planned to make it available to at least 2,000 people. Currently, 1,500 people, including children, young people, and women, use it regularly every month. Between September 18 and November 1, 2,777 people benefited from the activities at the Akkök Support Center.