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Non-Muslim community raises funds for Syrian refugees

Together with their Muslim counterparts, members of the non-Muslim community have raised enough funds to support the building of a school in Turkey.

SINGAPORE: Members of the non-Muslim community pitched in to raise funds for Syrian refugees this week. Together with their Muslim counterparts, they have raised enough funds to support the building of a school in Turkey.

Answering the call from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean for assistance to the refugees, representatives from the Singapore Buddhist Lodge, Taoist Federation, the Wat Ananda Metyarama Temple and the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery pledged donations to the fundraising initiative "Aid to Syrian Refugees in Turkey".

Chung Kwang Tong, administrator of the Singapore Taoist Federation, said: “As a Taoist community, we should also extend our help and assistance to people of all faiths and all races. We are all from the human race, so I feel that this compassion and love should be extended to people regardless of their nationality, their race, religion or language. We should help everyone in need.”

The school is the seventh such school built in southeast Turkey for refugees. "The school will give a good opportunity for the Syrian refugee children to continue their education without being affected by the war," said ASRIT spokesperson Mohamed Nasir. "It also gives them an opportunity to meet their fellow peers, alleviating their suffering and (helping them) forget some of the trauma they have faced."

Apart from meeting the educational needs of the Syrian refugees, the funds have also helped in meeting their household and healthcare needs. 

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