We are Imece Inisiyatifi
A non-profit organisation based in Cesme, Turkey. Our mission is to support, educate and empower the displaced people in the forgotten settlements of Turkey
Solidarity or collaboration. This word comes from rural Turkey and describes the effort of a community towards a common goal.
Initiative. To act or to take charge in order to resolve a problem or improve a situation. To use imagination and common sense and to take responsibility for you actions.
Responding to crisis
Founded in Cesme, Turkey in 2014 Imece was created with the intention of supporting the local community but had to shift focus at the start of the “European Refugee Crisis”. Although Çeşme and Chios have always been key areas for migrating populations, the security situation of the Middle East in 2015 created a massive influx of people trying to cross into Europe. Most of the help we provided was an emergency distribution of goods needed to ensure these families’ survival (food, water, medical aid, etc).
The European Agreement
Prior to the EU-Turkey Agreement of March 2016, many people were crossing illegally into Chios, form where they could safely and legally find access to the European continent. Since the Agreement, they now need to complete all their administrative authorisations within the Greek islands, which can take up to two years to complete. During this time, many are staying in settlements with very poor living conditions. Because of this, many displaced people have opted to stay in Turkey.
3.8 million people in desparate need
Currently, an estimated 4 million displaced people reside in Turkey. However, only around 5% are living in official camps that are supported by the government and multinational humanitarian aid organisations. The remaining 3.8 million refugees in Turkey live in thousands of unofficial settlements spread across the country with little to no official support. Finding legal employment is also near impossible. It is within these unofficial settlements, where the living conditions are the most severe, that we focus our efforts.
Paving the way towards sustainable autonomy
While we still collect donations and distribute basic necessity goods which are still indispensable to these populations, they do not promote autonomy. Because of this, we have developed the Imece Village Project which includes our Education Programs, Imece Cafe and, Imece Solar Program which led to the design of the “EFE” (Energy For Everyone).