"Some travel to see the difference. Others travel to be the difference!"
SKT Welfare's deployment programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to become fully invested in the end-to-end process of aid delivery as they head out to poverty-stricken countries to be the difference! Our food aid deployments offer an experience like no other as volunteers fundraise and join us to personally deliver aid into the hands of those who need it most.
Several times a year, we take groups of aspiring changemakers out to Turkey, Pakistan, and Bangladesh for a one-week deployment to deliver essential aid to those in need. During the course of the week, volunteers identify families in remote areas for door-to-door deliveries, distribute food parcels, visit the school, orphan care facilities, eye camps, as well as spend time with locals. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity with many volunteers signing up for another deployment as soon as they return!.
"A massive thank you to you guys at SKT for providing the opportunity for volunteers like myself to experience a deployment. I can honestly say it's changed me in more ways than one, and I'm extremely grateful that I got to go with a team of such incredible individuals. Ma Shaa Allah you guys were great with the organising and Temour was a fantastic team leader, may Allah reward him and yourselves for all your efforts."
Nazia Parveen, Redditch (August 2018)
"My favourite aspect of the deployment has to be spending Eid day with the children at the Springs of Hope Family Centre. It was such a magical day, one that I will forever cherish!"
Sofia Iqbal, Birmingham (May 2018)
"From the very first pound I raised of my £3000 target, right down to the last parcel I delivered to a family in need, the Turkey deployment was definitely an emotional and humbling experience. The days I spent in Reyhanli, Turkey helped me to understand that continuous acts of charity are paramount to ensure that we mean it when we say: love for your brother what you love for yourself."
All volunteers meet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) to catch the internal flight to Hatay (HTY) - once you arrive at the hotel a photocopy of your passport will be taken and a room will be allocated to you with another person.
After breakfast, all volunteers are given an introduction by the SKT Turkey team to the deployment and what the schedule will be for the rest of the week. After this, volunteers are taken to the warehouse and spend the whole day packing roughly 1,500 food parcels!
Volunteers go to the warehouse to load trucks with the food parcels in preparation for the first day of distribution! The distribution will take place at the stadium where Syrian families will be present along with their ID cards, once they have shown the appropriate documentation they will receive a food parcel from one of us! This is a great chance for you to communicate and hear first-hand harrowing stories of their journey and the war.(Translators are available).
We continue our distribution efforts in various villages and camps around Reyhanli such as Tyzaya-Sansaren, Kafr Shkaya camp, and Haran camp.
We visit and distribute food parcels to rehabilitation centres and some homes of the wounded. During the afternoon we will visit our Springs of Hope Family Centre.
We spend the day at SKT Welfare’s Springs of Hope Family Centre and have an opportunity to relax, play with the children and speak to the mothers. This really is the highlight of the trip and one of the most enjoyable parts of the Turkey Deployment!
Everybody over the age of 16 can take part in
the deployment. The experience can be quite challenging and full on. There is a role for everyone on deployment. The deployment is open to both males and females alike. Please note that the deployment can be emotionally and physically straining so please ensure
you’re in a good shape to load and unload the food parcels
Yes, we are in constant communication with the
team in Turkey and they send regular updates on the situation there. To date, we have taken fifteen teams with well over two hundred volunteers and thankfully never had an incident. Your safety is our main priority, if for any reason there are safety concerns,
we will notify you straight away and will cancel the deployment until things settle down.
100% donation policy means that every penny you donate is used for serving those in need, not administrative nor overhead
costs, which are either covered by direct donations themselves or by using Gift Aid. This unique policy sets us apart from most international NGOs and is the guiding principle of the organisation. Our work is carried out by experienced, committed volunteers
and is overseen by trustees with professional, management and charity sector experience. None of our work is outsourced to other agencies, preventing possible conflicts of interest, and the charity takes complete ownership for delivering aid and fulfilling
projects with absolute transparency and integrity.
It is advised to take comfortable clothing with
you. You will each be given five red SKT Welfare t-shirts which you must wear at all times when you leave the hotel. During the colder seasons, you will get a fleece each.
Each volunteer has a target of £2000, but this
does not mean that you have to stop once you hit the target; aim high and achieve more! Don’t worry if you are finding it difficult to raise the money as we have tips in place just to help you. Just give us a shout!