Experience a scrumptious lunch of authentic Syrian dishes lovingly prepared by the Syrian women at Small Projects Istanbul, one of IWI’s 2017 Social Responsibility Fund grant recipients.
We will meet centrally in Beyoğlu and ride the tram together to Çapa where we will take a short walk through the local streets, on a bustling bazaar day, to the Small Projects Istanbul community center nestled near the historic Walls of Constantinople.
For a few hours we will enjoy a tour of the 5-story community center, browse their beautiful selection of products, see the workshop in action, and sit down to eat delicious Syrian dishes like mandi, kebseh, makloubeh and mutabbal. You can take part in a dialogue as you sample authentic, traditional home cooking from different parts of Syria, followed by delicate tea and treats. And if weather and time permits, we will take a walk along the walls of the old city.
At this event, you will also have an opportunity to see products created by Small Projects Istanbul's women’s craft collective, including earrings, tote bags, shirts and scarves. Their Women's Skills Development Program transfers personal and professional skills through training. The beautifully designed, eco-conscious lifestyle brands Muhra and Drop Earrings Not Bombs are run by 80+ women and now sold around the world. IWI's support has helped the collective reach this stage.
Small Projects Istanbul supports migrants from conflict regions in the Middle East and North Africa, operating over 20 volunteer-run programs per week for more than 200 families. The centre facilitates community-building, skills development, livelihood support, and integration into Turkish society.
In 2017, IWI supported the expansion of Small Projects Istanbul’s women’s craft collective project, enabling more women to participate in the social enterprise. The collective provides skills training to enable participants to earn income to support their families, as well as opportunities to take on leadership roles in the enterprise.
*The menu is vegetarian friendly!
© International Women of Istanbul 2017