Tamworth woman Kelli Scott has taken a whirlwind trip from the high flying boardrooms of London to the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.
After being laid-off from her “soulless” job in London’s finance sector, Ms Scott went traveling the globe, before reaching an epiphany on the coast of the Dominican Republic which set her on the path she is on now and looking to continue.
“I was walking on the beach and just thinking about how content I was at the time, and then started thinking about all the people that had been content like me but have had it taken away from them,” Ms Scott said.
“Everyone in the world wants to live peaceful and happy lives, and the Syrians in Turkey are no different.”
Everyone in the world wants to live peaceful and happy lives, and the Syrians in Turkey are no different.Kelli Scott
After taking an interest in the Syrian crisis, the traveller headed to Turkey to see what she could do, and after hooking up with a grassroots group headed to Turkey’s third largest city, Izmir, and the surrounding Syrian camps.
“Mostly we would help handing out tents, bedding, fire wood and heaters,” Ms Scott said.
“We would also refer people to doctors and health care, or anything else they need but don’t have access to.
“But the more you start to do the more you realise that it is not enough.”
Six months ago the Tamworth humanitarian started her own foundation called Tribe Turkey, which is essentially a social media-driven crowd funding campaign with all proceeds going directly into the agricultural-based camps around Izmir.
“I planned to be there for six weeks, that was a year ago and I am going back again in a few weeks time, probably for at least another year,” Ms Scott said.
Recently Ms Scott was joined by a fellow Tamworth woman looking to make a difference in Robyn Johnson.
Ms Johnson stayed and worked with Ms Scott and the other independent volunteers at the camp for over a month, which proved to be the eye-opener of a lifetime.
“Caring and helping just starts with the basic things like talking and listening,” Ms Johnson said.