Filled with apprehension, we travel to our work location with our clients, who guide us through security across the same path tread by hundreds of refugees fleeing persecution in their respective home countries. We are guided upstairs through the facilities, meeting the selfless staff who bear the burden of facilitating the transition of all of these people to a new life in Turkey. Meanwhile, surrounded by the harrowing yet hopeful faces of the dozens of people who have come here for assistance, it’s difficult to justify our own previous anxiety, knowing how much more these people have faced; on the other hand, we are filled with the hope that permeates the office.
We are guided upstairs, where we meet the General Director of our client organization to discuss their work and what we can do to help, over a cup of traditional Turkish coffee, after which we spend the remainder of day shadowing our clients, developing a better understanding of the difficulties they face and the opportunities which we might take to remedy them.
Now, our first week half-way done, we continue our fact-finding, hoping still to meet with other stakeholders, and to develop a sufficient understanding of our clients issues to begin the more difficult task of helping them to devise sustainable solutions thereto.