Collaboration for Restoring Family Links (RFL)
With the Syrian crisis and the needs arising from migration, the efforts of the Turkish Red Crescent to Restore Family Links and the requirements in the area have also accelerated. In line with these requirements, for the first time, the Restoring Family Links (RFL) and Psychosocial Support Trainer's Training is taking place in Istanbul between 17-21 September 2018, with the collaboration of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Turkish Red Crescent.
When people who have fallen apart during human migration apply to National Societies, the need for protection as well as psychosocial support arises. The traumatic processes people face may have negative impacts on psychological health as well as the cohesion process.
Within this scope, it is aimed to provide better service to the beneficiaries and to improve the intra-institutional capacity in the trading carried out with the participation of RFL staff and psychosocial support staff from 12 National Societies of the target and transit countries.
“This training will give all of us a good opportunity to strengthen our capacity and for restoring these family links”, President of Turkish Red Crescent Dr. Kerem Kınık said.
The opening speech of the training which will last for 5 days was made by Turkish Red Crescent President and IFRC Vice President Dr. Kerem Kınık. Kınık emphasized the importance of the psychosocial support in RFL: “It is very important to make empathy with these vulnerable people. Innocent kids, innocent women, and all people, and reaching them as humanitarian actors in the world. Especially for making strong advocacy for them. So this is really good gathering, focusing on two important things. First is Restoring Family Links (RFL) and cash program in emergencies.
Turkey is excellent lab for you can see different issues regarding RFL. We receive a lot requests daily. But we need more collaboration. It is not practical issue match members of families. It is beyond that. We need psychosocial approach for restoring these cutting links. Sometimes we are obliged to give information to death of family member, sometimes some family members have some link with terrorist groups. Sometimes some countries behave not good for refugees this is very difficult to restore these links. We have to overcome all these troubles. I hope this training will give all of us a good opportunity to strengthen our capacity and for restoring these family links.”
Turkish Red Crescent has been carrying out The Restoring Family Links (RFL) Programme through Community Centers with the collaboration of partner institutions and organizations. The Programme is financed by European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).