Czechia to build a center for orphans in Syria

The Czech Republic wants to build a center for 50 orphans in Syria and it will eventually extend that number. It will launch a special foundation for this purpose and will try to gain money from donors, PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) said after meeting Syrian Arab Red Crescent representatives.

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The Czech Republic has an area of 20,000 square meters available in Syria. The campus will gradually become a kindergarten, a school, an accommodation, a dining room, and a sports complex.

“Cooperation should work by our Red Cross and the Syrian Red Crescent,” said Babiš. Syrian companies are going to build the center, and a local architect is to create the project. “We agreed with the Syrian partners that we would pay for the first year of operation of the center,” Babiš said.

At the end of last October, MEP Michaela Šojdrová (KDU-ČSL) announced that she would like to transfer five dozen unaccompanied Syrian children to the Czech Republic from the overcrowded refugee camps in Greece as a solidarity humanitarian gesture. For this purpose, she wanted to meet with Babiš and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (ČSSD).

However, Babiš stated that there is a need to help Syrian children in Syria. In November, the PM presented a plan to build a kindergarten for about 150 orphans to President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

“We hope that the Syrian problem will be resolved prospectively and the refugees will return home. I am convinced that we have to help people in their environment where they were born and where they are used to living,” added Babiš.

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