Relief International has announced a $20 million donation from Sezgin Baran Korkmaz of Turkey in support of a five-year initiative to provide humanitarian assistance to children affected by the conflict in Syria.
The funds will be used to expand the aid organization's programs for Syrian children across the Middle East as well as build schools and healthcare facilities and launch social impact ventures aimed at providing humanitarian relief in the region. Korkmaz, the founder and CEO of SBK Holding, will serve as a strategic partner in the effort, providing guidance and support locally to social entrepreneurs looking to develop innovative solutions for delivering relief initiatives in the region.
"Mr. Korkmaz has made it possible for Relief International to broaden and deepen our existing programs serving children affected by the Syrian conflict, across the Middle East," said Nancy Wilson, the organization's president and CEO. "He also brings a spirit of innovation and for-profit/nonprofit collaboration that is innovative and powerful."
"As someone who grew up as a very poor child in Turkey, I have lived through the crisis of not having basic life necessities like food and clothing," said Korkmaz. "I myself was the recipient of kindness as a child, and I dream for a world where children do not need to suffer. I hope through this partnership, the people of this conflicted part of our world will be given a chance for dignity and prosperity."