Syrian student testing for COVID19 in Gaziantep
Bekri Kehlavi, a Syrian medical laboratory student, is spending his evenings standing on the highway checking the temperature of travellers entering the city of Gaziantep. Kehlavi is part of a medical volunteer group that is monitoring the number of coronavirus cases in the Turkish city.
During the day, when he’s not studying in online classes provided by the University of Gaziantep, Kehlavi is supporting local families in need. He and his friends are using the skills they learnt during civic leadership courses provided by SPARK to launch a community initiative.
“We heard that some families are facing serious problems in this period, so we did three things. First, we identified the most vulnerable families. Second, we prepared a list of things that they needed most. Then we acted as a team to buy and bring these things to them safely”. The group has even been featured on AJ+ Syria.