Bridge to Turkiye Fund

Mission: Bridge to Turkiye Fund is devoted to mobilizing and generating philanthropic resources benefiting the socio-economically disadvantaged segments of Turkish society, with emphasis in children's education and health care. Our vision: To unite individuals through capacity building and to promote fellowship by establishing a trusted bridge between those with aspirations without the means; and those with the means to be their dream partners. To contribute to the development of under-served segments of the Turkish society, where they too can realize their full potential To promote the principles of good citizenship and to build an organization that is credible, transparent and acco...
Feb 24, 2015

Education For All: The Leap to Equality

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HE & SHE TOGETHER

THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND WE CAN HELP!

Dear Supporter:

Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) is deeply saddened by the tragic murder of a young university student ‎Özgecan Aslan in Tarsus, Turkey and condemns all forms of violence against women and girls. This tragic event reminds us of the importance of providing access to contemporary education to both boys and girls.

There is a significant body of research showing how gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment can have a catalytic effect on the achievement of sustained peace, development, human rights and sound relationships between the environment and human populations. It has become clear that a strategic shift needs to occur that brings men and boys side by side with women and girls, in order to break through the barriers preventing women and girls from achieving their full potential and contributing this potential to our global community.

Who is Özgecan Aslan?

Özgecan Aslan was a 20-year old, first-year psychology student who was murdered by a minibus driver as she was returning home from her school in Tarsus, in southern Turkey. The murder of this young woman sparked outrage in Turkey and the international communities and drew attention to the increasing number of violent incidents against women.

 Program Overview:

Inspired by the demonstrated belief that “education is the best investment we can make for social change” Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) has established a memorial fund to honor Özgecan Aslan’s memory and to provide scholarships for young deserving men and women from her native region Tarsus, Turkey.

BTF’s current empowerment scholarship program will be expanded to include scholarships to honor Özgecan’s memory. Our history of supporting underprivileged students with the gift of education dates back to 2004. During the 2014-2015 academic year, BTF provided 259 (217 girls and young women) scholarships to low income students. Scholarships for the Özgecan Aslan Memorial Fund will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students from low-income families. 100% of donations will support successful students with financial need and will be coordinated through our local trusted NGOs in the region.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Turkey is one of the countries where violence against women occurs with alarming frequency. There is a strong correlation between violence against women and literacy. The achievement of gender equality requires an inclusive approach - a solidarity movement that recognizes the crucial role of men and boys as partners for women’s and girls’ rights.

Potential Long Term Impact

The scholarships will provide economic assistance to university students from low-income families in creating better futures for themselves, their families and communities. These scholarships are vital to keeping the youth in school.

Ultimately, these scholarships will help a new generation of men and women leaders serving as positive change makers in society where every young girl and boy would have the same opportunity to succeed, the chance to live out their dreams.

Please join us and support this important cause. By contributing to Özgecan Aslan Memorial Fund, you will help make a difference in the lives of a rural young woman or a man and make strides towards ending gender inequality.

With Gratitude,

Ozgecan Aslan
Ozgecan Aslan
Feb 18, 2015

It is Still Snowing in the Eastern Turkey!

Children from Sanliurfa
Children from Sanliurfa

Dear Friend,

2014 was an extremely successful year for our Boots for Kids project! For 2014, our initial goal was to deliver 1,500 pairs of boots to children in need… Instead, we’ve delivered more than 2,000 pairs of boots! 2,244 pairs of boots to be exact! In addition to these 2,244 pairs of boots, we have also delivered more than 1,000 coats to the children who had to cope with the extreme winter conditions in Turkey!

In 2014, our campaign has reached out to 40 schools in more than 10 cities. And, today, I would like to thank you for your continuing support because our success and our ever growing efforts would not have been possible if it was not for you... You, friend, have helped us to put a smile on a kid's face! So, today is your day to be proud and happy!

Today, as you look at the photos of the children who were part of our campaign in the last year; let’s remember what Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. So, let’s promise ourselves to make 2015 the year of giving back and social responsibility! Let's make a real difference to disadvantaged children and young people in communities across Turkey. There are thousands of children who will need support, so Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) will continue to raising funds to help give disadvantaged children in Turkey a safe and warm winter in 2015 and 2016. And, for $15 dollars you, too, could support a child... For $600 dollars you could buy winter boots for all needy students in a rural village elementary school.

Thank you for sharing our goal to make a change in children's lives and to keep their feer warm in the cold; and make their hearts even warmer.

Children from Mardin
Children from Mardin
Dec 31, 2014

Project Update - December 30, 2014

Achieving Gender Equality Through Education
Achieving Gender Equality Through Education

BTF continues to transform lives through the gift of education for underprivileged young women in rural Turkey!

Dear Friend,

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Bridge to Turkiye Fund’s (BTF’s) Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships Program. For the 2014-15 academic year, we had set a goal of supporting 100 bright but economically disadvantaged young women and girls from rural regions of Turkey.  With your generous support and donations, we exceeded our goal and 159 qualified young women and girls received a scholarship. Our newest scholarship recipients were chosen among students studying law, medicine, and education. In 2014, we had three high school and four university students graduated.

Secondary, tertiary and continuing education is the door that leads to social and economic empowerment. Access to this level of education is, however, still a distant dream for millions of girls and women around the world.  This is especially true for young women from rural regions of Turkey.  We believe education is key to combatting early marriage, illiteracy, school dropout, and low wages which are common issues faced by millions of girls in Turkey. With access to proper educational resources and guidance, a girl can reshape her destiny. More importantly, providing education will make a difference now and for generations to come giving women greater educational and economic opportunities.

In 2015, our New Year’s resolution is to continue our work and expand our reach to 200 promising but economically disadvantaged girls so that they can reach their full potential. We hope you will continue to support our program to build towards a better world in 2015. We simply couldn't do it without you.

Thank you again for sharing our passion of helping to empower young women in Turkey and building stronger communities around the world.

From everyone at the Bridge to Turkiye Fund – have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Sincerely,

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