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GOAL has been operational in Turkey since 2013. Based in Ankara, Gaziantep, Adana, and Sanliurfa, GOAL works with national systems to improve the protection of those affected by the Syrian crisis. Open-ended registration gives our team the stability and flexibility they need to develop strong local partnerships that focus on Emergency Response, Resilient Health and
Sustainable Livelihoods. We aim to reach 25,000 Syrian people living in Turkey by the end of 2019.

What we do in Turkey

Emergency Response
Resilient Health
Sustainable Livihoods
Covid-19 Response

Responding to the needs of Syrian communities

GOAL’s work began with the distribution of non-food items and food vouchers to displaced Syrians living in Suruc. Expanding across the country's southern regions and in Ankara, GOAL’s programme now includes focused Individual Protection Assistance (IPA). This sees our team work to reduce, mitigate and respond to the violence and abuse that stems from the negative coping mechanisms of humanitarian crises. As part of this, GOAL works closely with migrant groups to help them better understand their rights and protect themselves – building resilience through peer education and mentorship, improved access to legal support, and other interventions.

GOAL integrates its services into those offered by the Turkish government or other humanitarian providers.

Improved psycho-social support for refugees

Closely linked to our work in Emergency Response, GOAL has worked to address gaps in health service delivery for Syrian populations in Turkey.

GOAL also focuses on the protection of vulnerable individuals. This includes the provision of psycho-social support to refugee households to help them build coping strategies in the face of protracted displacement. We also help children relieve their stress by identifying and expressing their emotions, as well as creating stories with successful conclusions. This support extends to their caregivers, with GOAL helping families to identify the symptoms of stress and share coping strategies to manage it.

Financial resilience during a protracted crisis

GOAL Turkey is looking to increase its programmatic response by focusing on poverty reduction and resilience. This will see GOAL support the creation of market driven livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable households - offering skills development, financial and market support.

Within this, GOAL is looking to increase access to employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and vocational training (through accredited courses). The team will also work to facilitate language and life-skills training, as well as providing mentorship, employability support (CV and application assistance) and guided business registration. This will help displaced populations access the opportunities they need to build financial resilience during, and beyond, this protracted humanitarian crisis.

GOAL's Covid-19 response in Turkey

GOAL has carried out a survey of refugees in Turkey to better adapt our response to their specific needs. The results show many refugees are not getting the correct information due to language barriers and remote locations. GOAL has been working with these communities to best prepare them with the correct information. So far, our awareness campaign has reached 1,926 people.

Our achievements:

  • Distributed packages of needs-tailored relief items to over 6,400 households (as of 2017).
  • Provided legal support and community outreach to over 17,000 refugees between 2015-16.
  • Supported five migrant health facilities in Adana.
  • Reached over 71,000 Syrian refugees with healthcare services in 2017.

Our story in numbers


GOAL Turkey begins

€1.9 Million

Operating budget in 2018


staff on the ground in 2019


People reached in 2019