Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association in Support of Contemporary Living)

CYDD's mission is mainly to contribute to bring Turkey to the level of contemporary civilization by being a modern secular democratic society with due respect to law and commitment to peace. Its aim is to support the modernization of society through progressive education and to contribute to achieving equal opportunity to children and youth in access to schooling and use of modern educational tools. The Association believes that modernization of Turkey can only come about by overcoming ignorance. For this reason the association has been running campaigns to increase enrollment of girls population by utilizing civil and corporate funds toward establishing scholarship programs, building and ...
Mar 13, 2014

Let's support our 250 girls to chase their dreams

Seyda with mom- one of the 250 girls
Seyda with mom- one of the 250 girls

 

We thank you for your valuable support; so far we have together given 250 girls the opportunity to go to school. These girls now want to go on with their education and change their destiny.So we need even more of your support to keep them in school.Now that we have given them the hope , we belive we have to keep up that hope alive..

Seyda from Nigde says “We are five sisters and my father doesn’t have the means to support our education.I know that no one ever wants to give their daughters an education. In the villages girls are not given any importance at all. I wish all the girls could study and make their parents proud.My mother used to say:”How I wish you could somehow find a way to go to school and study”…..

Seyda then participated in a poetry contest, won first prize and the sun rose upon her;she was chosen for CYDD scholarship. She now is full of hope for her future and says “From now on the concept of ‘not receiving an education’ is banished from my life.I am grateful to my parents and teachers who have believed in me and supported me.I will give my biggest thanks when I manage to make my dreams come true.”

So please keep up your support; a small donation makes a big change in a girl’s life. It gives them hope and courage to run after their dreams…And we feel proud to have given them this opportunity.

Our 250 girls want to chase their dreams…Let us help them to do so..

Dec 19, 2013

All with your help we saved 250 girls from becoming child brides..

Seda with her 3 sisters and mom in her village
Seda with her 3 sisters and mom in her village

In the past two years, we have changed the lives of 250 girls giving them scholarships thus an opportunity to go to school ,all with your help.A recent survey showed that one in every 3 girl in eastern Turkey is a child bride.Girls are considered a burden to the families and married off early.If we can help them to go to school, they will have the prospect of making money, no longer be burdens to their families and choose when and whom to marry. Educated mothers will help break this cycle.Please continue your support and help us to have a lasting impact on the lives of many girls who are eager and determined to get education.

 Seda from Nigde knows she will rescue her family from poverty if she can go to school and become a police officer:

“My name is Seda.I'm in the 6th grade.I have 3 sisters.My mother works hard for us:in the summer she goes to fields to pick strawberries, in the winter potatoes.While working mom forgets about herself, she even forgets to eat.When I come back from school I help her with housework. Food is a problem for us, sometimes we have nothing but breakfast, but mom tries to find something to eat.Since we don't have a stove at home, I sometimes feel cold; but I cuddle with my sisters and we don't feel the cold.

My dream is to go to high school and university and become a police officer in order to ease the pain of my mother and sisters.I really want to get an education, have a profession and thus rescue my family from poverty".

Every small donation helps to change a life and we feel privileged to be able to help them build a future for themselves.We thank you for your contributions..

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Sep 25, 2013

Helped 100 - heading for 1000 girls

She should do better than that!
She should do better than that!

We had launched our project in November 2011; before our second year is over we have already reached and doubled with your support our short-term goal of helping 100 girls continue their education. At the end of our second year 200 girls have received your support. With this encouragement, we now feel our goal of helping 1000 underprivileged girls is not a dream but a soon-to-happen reality. Please continue your support and help us to have a lasting impact on the lives of many girls who are eager and determined to get education.

The story of Fatma shows her determination to deny the fate of living in poverty …

“My name is Fatma. Considering my family’s situation, I want to study. I do not want to stay ignorant. Looking at my mother’s and father’s situation, I want to have a good profession. My mother and I look after the cows. For this reason, I do not want to live in poverty. I want to get educated and become somebody. I do not want to be in misery, I want to be a good citizen. My mother looks after the cows. My father is self employed; he sometimes goes to work and sometimes doesn’t. This year, I persuaded my father and got myself enrolled in school.

I want to become a lawyer in the future. It is better to study and become someone rather then live in poverty. My mother always tells me to study and I always tell her I will not let her down. My father sometimes tells me he will not send me to school. When he says that, I want to study more. I say this with all my heart. If I get this scholarship, it will be better for me and my family and I will be able to really study.”

Every small donation helps to change a life and we feel privileged to be able to help them build a future for themselves.

Thank you for your continued support.

Joy of going to school..
Joy of going to school..

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