臺灣雷伊漢勒世界公民中心

taiwanreyhanlicentre

(referred to as Taiwan Center)

It is the generous donation of the Taiwanese government and the cooperation with the Rey Hanle Municipal Governmentfrom Taiwan
Professor Qiu Zhenyu, who teaches in Turkey, uses architecture as a carrier
A public space for citizens of the world created in Reyhanle, Turkey
To promote ethnic co-prosperity between Turkey and Syria
Promote inclusiveness among different cultures
Promote the well-being and equality of human societies

Logo-Design

There are arched corridors in each mosque. In the area where the Taiwan Center is located, and the Syrian refugees it helps, most of them are of Islamic belief. Therefore, the Taiwan Center uses an arch of 10 meters high, 6.3 meters wide and 8 meters deep. The roof echoes the scale of the arched cloisters of the Aleppo Grand Mosque, connecting the people of Turkey and Syria with buildings. The shape of the roof has become a major feature of the center of Taiwan.

The unique arched roof of the center of Taiwan is based on the stone arch structure of Hattusa in 1200 BC, and designed a beautiful hyperbolic shape, coupled with the unique sky blue of Reyhanle City, and finally Chinese, English, Turkish and Arabic are surrounded by graphics. It is expected that the Taiwan Center will become a humanitarian social work circle starting from Reyhanle City, a cultural symbol that symbolizes hope.

Reyhanli

While Rey Hanle has a peaceful urban setting, it’s not entirely far from the ravages of war.
In May 2013,
The city of Reyhanle was hit by two bomb attacks on the same day,
52 people were killed and 146 injured in the attack.
Since 2011,
The city of Reyhanle was frequently targeted by rockets, which also resulted in more casualties,
The most recent attack occurred in September 2019.

“Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011,
More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria to seek asylum in other countries,
These countries include Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and others.”
(UNHCR, 2018)
As a close neighbor, Turkey hosts more than 3.6 million Syrians.

Reyhanli is located in Hatay Province, southeastern Turkey
The border with Syria is Turkey’s main route to Syria’s Aleppo
Main entry point for Syrians migrating to Turkey seeking asylum
Is a wall separating people’s hearts or war and peace?

Syrians arriving in Turkey
At least 90 percent do not live in refugee camps
Rather, they live in cities or on the outskirts of cities.
In addition, two thirds of them are women and children.
It is currently estimated that forty percent (about 380,000)
Syrian children are denied education,
There is no access to basic medical insurance.

There are many social problems in Reyhanle,
These include poverty, unemployment, shortages of water and electricity, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of public facilities such as housing, health, education, and recreation.

Years after the Syrian crisis broke out,
The political crisis has not been eliminated, but at least in the center of Taiwan,
Those who arrive in this place, who live in this place know,
They are not forgotten by the world.

With the ever-increasing refugee population and the economic weakness and social problems intensified after the epidemic, the residents of Reyhanle City have fallen into
The predicament of life has prompted Syrians and Turks,
The main reason for the increasing tension between different ethnic groups.

Through the Taiwan Center,
Refugees living in Reyhanle
There is hope like the warm sun in winter.

Architectural Design

Architectural planning and site surveys for the Taiwan Center began in 2016, while the building broke ground in April 2020 and was completed in September of the same year. During these four years, Dr. Qiu not only worked as a volunteer, but was also the center’s first private sponsor. Dr. Qiu also served as the center’s first CEO and worked closely with the Turkish government, NGOs and local grassroots groups. In accordance with the center’s vision and plans, he established a management team to select grantees in a fair and open manner.

team member

Chen yu Chiu

Chief Executive Officer & Principal Architect

Muhammed Velid Abdi

Project Manager

MH Diaa Aldin Alshami

On-site Deputy Manager

Tuba Alvanoğlu

Media Supervisor & Political Advisor

Angela Kuo

Financial Advisor

Pei-Xuan He

On-site Assistant Architect

Firas Hac Bergus

English Teacher

Imed Zua

Gardener

Shao-Jiun Luo

Secretary-General​

Jack Huang

SDG/ESG Specialist

Recep Öğüç

Project Architect

Muhammed Talal Chami

Security Guard

Abdulrezzak Elnavvaz

Electrician

Lara Tseng

Sales Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Meng-Hsuan Yang

Business Consultant & Architect

Fatma Elbabu

Administrator

Mehmet Emin Dergi

Security Guard

Yaser Alhalo

General Assistant

Dina Kuo

Marketing and Communications Associate

Yen-Tzu Liu

On-site Coordinator

Saeb Akil

Arabic Teacher

MHD Adnan Basal

Cleaner

Zaki Diko

Football Coach

Organizational operation

In Taiwan
“International Humanitarian Architecture and Education Association”
with “Tayvan Dünya Vatandaşları Derneği” on the Turkish-Syrian border
non-profit social organization
After establishment in 2021
All support “Taiwan – Rey Hanle Global Citizenship Center”
In order to support the construction of the center and the livelihood of vulnerable groups of local refugees
Qiu Zhenyu also established a Taiwan-based
“The Association of International
Humanitarian Architecture and Education”
“Meow Meow Woof Woof Limited Company”
with Turkey
“Tayvan Dünya Vatandaşları Derneği”
「CECE JIJI Tekstil Tourism Industry
Domestic and Foreign Trade Limited Company”
“Women Corporation”
What these five units have in common is
I hope my own creation can make substantial contributions to the refugee issue

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"Taiwan - Rey Hanle Global Citizenship Center"
The case originated from the foreign aid development
project carried out by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China to Reyhanle,
Turkey"Taiwan-Reyhanle World Citizenship Center"
is a public building affiliated to the
Reyhanle Municipal Government in Turkey
Subsidies from theMinistry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
China and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Delegation
in Ankara are mainly through the Reyhanle Municipal
Government to the Center's Executive Team
And "Taiwan - Rey Hanle Global Citizenship Center"
It was unexpectedly taken over seven years ago
by Professor Qiu Zhenyu, who teaches at Bilken University in Turkey.
After endless design and communication
Qiu Zhenyu became the CEO of Taiwan Ray Hanle
Global Citizenship Center as a volunteer three years ago.
And last year, he became the lifetime CEO of the Taiwan Rey
Hanle Global Citizenship Center.

"Taiwan Institute of Global Citizenship Center"
The core idea is
In the center of Taiwan whether you are
Syrian Turk Taiwanese
no matter where people come from
will have equal rights to live

"Miao Miao Wang Wang Social Enterprise Co., Ltd."
"The Beautiful Hen Social Enterprise in Turkey"
and the "Women's Cooperative
" was established to address
the livelihoods of vulnerable refugee women
Syrian refugee women form women's cooperative
with vulnerable Turkish women
Workshop in the central unit
Co-create designs and collaboratively
produce handcrafted artwork
Export it through Turkey's Beautiful Hen Social Enterprise
Then import to Taiwan through
"Miaomiaowangwang Social Enterprise Co., Ltd."
Sold to the general public who
support the concept of the center
All revenue goes back to women's cooperative members and
Refugee Children Project of the
"Taiwan-Rey Hanle Center for Global Citizenship"

"Miao Miao Wang Wang Social Enterprise Co., Ltd."
"The Beautiful Hen Social Enterprise in Turkey"
and the "Women's Cooperative
" was established to address
the livelihoods of vulnerable refugee women
Syrian refugee women form women's
cooperativewith vulnerable Turkish women
Workshop in the central unit
Co-create designs and collaboratively
produce handcrafted artwork
Export it through Turkey's Beautiful Hen Social
Enterprise Then import to Taiwan through
"Miaomiaowangwang Social Enterprise
Co., Ltd." Sold to the general public who
support the concept of the center
All revenue goes back to women's cooperative
members and Refugee Children Project of the
"Taiwan-Rey Hanle Center for Global Citizenship"

"Miao Miao Wang Wang Social Enterprise Co., Ltd."
"The Beautiful Hen Social Enterprise in Turkey"
and the "Women's Cooperative
" was established to address the livelihoods
of vulnerable refugee women
Syrian refugee women form women's cooperative
with vulnerable Turkish women
Workshop in the central unit
Co-create designs and collaboratively
produce handcrafted artwork
Export it through Turkey's Beautiful Hen Social Enterprise
Then import to Taiwan through
"Miaomiaowangwang Social Enterprise Co., Ltd."
Sold to the general public
who support the concept of the center
All revenue goes back to women's cooperative members and
Refugee Children Project of the
"Taiwan-Rey Hanle Center for Global Citizenship"

"International Humanitarian Architecture
and Education Association"
Through architectural expertise and education
Assist in the improvement of humane housing
and equipment in developing areas
Committed to promoting equality in human
life around the world
And actively participate in international humanitarian
and charitable relief work cross racial barriers
Make Taiwan an indispensable part of the world's citizens

Support from all over the world

Dr. Chiu Chen-Yu

2016

While teaching at the Department of Architecture at Bilkent University in Turkey, Qiu worked as an architect as a volunteer to underpin the plan and design of the center.

2020

He volunteered as a founding director of the center, where he was responsible for the implementation of related projects and collaborations with NGOs, the business sector and grassroots organizations.

2021

Appointed by the Turkish Reyhanle Municipal Government to be the lifelong CEO of the center, Qiu is an architectural historian, architect, and curator. The organizer of the design competition is also a hopeless humanitarian

Muhammed Velid Abdi

Muhammed Velid Abdi is from Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian civil war interrupted Velid’s studies at Aleppo University. Later, he completed his university education in Turkey. Now, he obtains a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Gazi University. While studying in Ankara, he worked in Ankara’s immigration office as a volunteer and assisted in the establishment of ‘’Building Bridges for Refugee Children’’ organization. Before joining the centre as a full-time manager in summer 2020, he had experiences working in many NGO, such as Norwegian Refugee Council, UNFPA – Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) and the International Labour Organization. Currently, he is responsible for all the issues related to the centre, including internal management, public relations, economics and political affairs of the project. 

MH Diaa Aldin Alshami

Diaa is from Homs city, Syria. He graduated from the Al-Baath University, he obtains a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Counseling Education. He arrived at Turkey in 2014. Before he joined the centre, he worked in International Medical Corps for 5 years as a psychosocial supporter and a team leader, and he also volunteered in some local charities. He started working with Prof. Chiu and involving in the project since 2021. Currently, he is responsible for all the centre’s issues on site as a deputy manager.

MH Diaa Aldin Alshami

Tuba was born in Kars, Turkey,
she is based in Antakya.
Tuba holds degrees in management, finance and media communications. Previously, she worked as a journalist in multiple televised and print media
(Milliyet, Hürriyet, Vatan,Hatay Radyo Televizyon, …).
She is now an on-site Turkish journalist in the centre, and she also offers her services as a political advisor for the centre.

Angela Kuo

A season global corporate finance executive and licensed accounting professional with over 20+ years experiences from the US, Europe and the Greater China, specializing in cross-border capital transactions, M&A and US SEC reporting. Currently She is the founder of Kuo Advisory who provides financial advisory to various startups in Taiwan. Angela obtains a master’s degree from CUNY: Bernard Baruch College, NY USA. She provides financial consulting services as a volunteer for the Taiwan Center, starting in 2021.

Pei-Xuan He

​Pei-Xuan is from Taichung, Taiwan. Pei-Xuan graduated from the Department of Architecture at National Taipei University of Technology, and she is a registered student at National Cheng Kung University at present. She worked in Atelier Buffalo architectural firm before. In 2022, Pei-Xuan joined the team, contributing to the centre by providing her interior design and architecture design professional skills.

Firas Hac Bergus

Graduated from Damascus University

English teacher who has worked in primary and secondary schools

Act as a company translator

Currently a full-time English teacher at the Taiwan Center

Imed Zua

High school graduate from Aleppo
Former Syrian police officer
Three years as an agricultural company employee in Antioch
Worked as an agricultural care worker
Now taking over the work of agricultural production and plant care in the center of Taiwan

Shao-Jiun Luo

Shao-Jiun obtains a master’s degree in Music Business at New York University and a bachelor’s degree in International Business at National Taiwan University. Currently, Shao-Jiun serves as the Secretary-General of International Humane Architecture & Education Association in Taiwan, organizing cultural exchange activities for Taiwan-Reyhanli Centre. Before joining the team of Prof. Chiu, she was the project manager of ‘’Spotlight Taiwan’’ Initiative in the Ministry of Culture, bringing Taiwanese culture events to 17 countries. Shao-Jiun had lots of professional experiences in multicultural environments, such as working as an online advertising sales planner in RealNetworks Inc. in New York, an overseas tour promoter for performing arts groups, and a freelanced advertisement copy translator for renowned French brands.

Jack Huang

Jack is from Taipei, Taiwan. Jack obtains a master’s degree in Economics at SOAS, University of London. He has served as a consultant in different functional teams, including trade & investment, information technology, and peacekeeping mission at the United Nations for several years. In 2020, he co-founded a Taiwan-based startup “Eliconn”, which is focusing on SDG-related project development and renewable energy. Since 2021, Jack has started to work with Prof. Chiu and provide consulting services and business strategy to the centre. Also, he is professional in climate financing, stakeholder engagement, and impact project management, which shall bring a great value to the centre.

Recep Öğüç

Recep is from Cappadocia, Turkey, based in Ankara. Recep graduated from the Department of Architecture at Bilkent University. Recep has been working with Dr. Chiu on the project since 2019. He has worked on multiple design proposals for the Centre, including conducting field studies in Reyhanlı within participatory design frameworks. He is a licensed architect in Turkey, continuing contributing on this project.

Muhammed Talal Chami

From Homs, Syria

Served in the Syrian government

Now working as a guard in the center of Taiwan

Abdulrezzak Elnavvaz

He used to be an officer in Syria
now centered electrician
Assist with circuit plumbing and other things

Lara Tseng

Lara is from Taipei, currently based in Dubai. She graduated from Russian Language and Literature faculty, National Chengchi University. Lara also obtains MBA degree from Business School Sinergia under Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. 

In 2020, Lara became National Geography Certificate Educator. With multilingual and cross-culture life experience, Lara founded the course LaraGlobalPedia, aiming on cultivating children’s global perspective. From 2021, Lara started to work with Prof. Chiu and became the Sales Marketing and Public Relations Manger of Meow Meow Woof Woof Ltd, the company in Taiwan under the Taiwan-Reyhanli Centre structure.

Meng-Hsuan Yang

Meng-Hsuan (Marshall) is a licensed architect and accredited quality control engineer from Taichung, Taiwan. Marshall obtains a master’s degree in Project Management at the University of Warwick. In 2022, Marshall joined the centre team on site, providing practical and professional strategies and advice on architecture design, construction monitoring, project management, business model and plan.

Fatma Elbabu

Graduated from the Department of English Literature, Aleppo University, Syria
Former English teacher, online media marketing assistant
Currently assisting in the translation of administrative-related affairs and activities at the Taiwan Center

Mehmet Emin Dergi

Engaged in import and export international business in the past
Now is the central commodity inventory administrator and also serves as a security guard

Yaser Alhalo

From Aleppo, Syria
Arrived in Reyhanle three years ago
To take care of elderly parents in Turkey
Currently an all-round assistant at the Taiwan Center
Assist with various matters

Dina Kuo

Dina is from Taipei, Taiwan. She obtains a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Fu Jen Catholic University. Before joining the team of centre, she contributed herself to several marketing events, such as, projects for micro-films. In 2022, she becomes the marketing and communications associate of the centre. Currently, she assists the team in marketing, inventory management and administration work in Taiwan.

Yen-Tzu Liu

Yen-Tzu is from Tainan, Taiwan. Yen-Tzu obtains a master’s degree in Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS, University of London. She participated in several development projects and humanitarian actions in grassroots organizations in Indonesia, Greece, BiH, and Turkey during her study period. Before joining the team of centre, she was a portfolio manager in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs (HEA) Team at World Vision Taiwan. In 2022, Yen-Tzu joined the centre team on site as a coordinator, discovering insights through participation.

Saeb Akil

Thirty years of experience in music composition and performing arts
Also have multilingual skills in Arabic, French and English
Now teaching children to learn Arabic and music at the Taiwan Center
Contribute your talent
Make children feel the heat of music
Healing the pain of war with melody

MHD Adnan Basal

Worked as a professional driver in Shabuis

Very happy to be reunited with my wife in Turkey

Now providing cleaning services for the center

Zaki Diko

Graduated from the School of Professional Physical Education

Worked as a physical education teacher for many years at a Canadian-funded non-profit organization

Join the Taiwan Center team now

Rules and professional skills to guide children’s sports