AURELIUS makes Christmas donation of EUR 68,000 this year to the charitable association AVICENNA Kultur- und Hilfswerk e.V.
- The donation is financing the AURELIUS School for Syrian refugee children in Turkey
- Additional psychological counselling and physiotherapy to help the children overcome traumatic war experiences and injuries
Munich, December 23, 2019 – On the occasion of this year’s AURELIUS Christmas party, employees and the Executive Board donated EUR 68,000 to the charitable association AVICENNA Kultur- und Hilfswerk. The donation will mainly benefit the AURELIUS School, which is operated by Avicenna in western Turkey. The association AURELIUS Refugee Initiative established by AURELIUS employees and the Executive Board in 2015 has financed the school since 2017.
Thanks to the donations, around 50 refugee children are currently receiving instruction at the AURELIUS school. Classes in Arabic and mathematics should provide the Syrian civil war refugees with better educational prospects close to their home country of Syria. In addition, the children are receiving psychological counselling. The school also offers evening classes for women and a preschool class.
Around 4 million Syrian refugees currently live in Turkey. In theory, refugee children can attend school in Turkey. However, administrative obstacles, a lack of transportation options and language problems often mean that these children cannot really take part in state-run education. Most of the refugee children do not speak Turkish and have limited prospects of success at a Turkish school as a result. The majority of the children over the age of 10 work as day laborers in agriculture instead of going to school.
The association Avicenna Kultur- und Hilfswerk was founded by Dr. Djavad Kermani and his family in 1989 to carry out and coordinate cultural, medical and charitable projects and activities. Since 2015, Avicenna has focused on supporting refugees on location and helping people “on their way to a better life.” It provides medical care, aid in acute cases of poverty and need, and educational opportunities in the refugee camps.
AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V.
Employees and the Executive Board of AURELIUS Holding established the charitable association AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V. at the end of 2015. The association is financed by donations from employees and the Executive Board of AURELIUS. The aim of the association is to sponsor various aid projects that provide humanitarian aid and financial support to refugees on their path to a safer life.