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...
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,

Oct 1, 2014

Boots4Kids for 2014 Winter is On

Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project

This report, friends, is going to be a short one... With this report what I want to remind you is the last winter... Remember the chilly winter mornings... Remember how you spent more than an hour cleaning up the snow on your car... Remember how many times you had to shovel in front of your house because otherwise it was impossible to walk in... Do you remember how you put layers on top of layers so you would not get cold? How many layers of socks did you wear the last time you walked out in snow? Did you buy a new coat? And, maybe another one in another color?

In couple of months it will start to snow again in the eastern part of Turkey. And, believe me when I tell you it WILL GET COLD. It will be freezing in the mornings, in the afternoon, and in the evenings. And, here is what we'll do to make these freezing days, weeks and moths just a little bit warmer for 1500 children: with your help and support we'll send 1500 pairs of boots and 1000 coats to the underprivileged children living in the Eastern parts of Turkey.

In short, this year we would like to repeat last year's success with our Boots4Kids project. Do you remember in 2013 we delivered 1,819 pairs of boots and socks to 24 schools?

Remember with a $15 dollars donation you could support a child... With a $60 dollars donation you could support 4 children... $150 dollars would buy boots to 10 children for this winter. If you were to decide to donate $600 dollars you would buy winter boots for all needy students in a rural village elementary school. Which amount you would choose is up to you... Just remember a pretty cold winter is before us.

Aug 26, 2014

Global Giving Community - August 2014 Report

PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS TO DISADVANTAGED TURKISH GIRLS

Educating Girls is Smart for All of Us!

 

Dear Supporter and Friend:

We are pleased to share with you our latest update on the Bridge to Türkiye Fund’s (BTF) Girls’ Empowerment Scholarship Program.

In our last update, we reported that, in 2013-14 academic year, BTF provided scholarships for 85 bright, deserving young women and girls from rural Turkey. Of the girls we supported, three students graduated from high school who are now university bound. And, six students graduated from college with degrees in law, business administration, and mathematics.

Thanks to your generosity, these young women are staying in school, graduating, and becoming productive members of the Turkish society!

Your continued support enables us to invest in the future of these young women who otherwise don’t have the economic means to continue their education. Through your support, these young women and girls will have a chance to live better lives and promote a Turkish society where women have a voice and role in their communities.

This academic year, our aim is to expand our program to reach 100 young women. Exact number of students will be provided in the next status report. We are hopeful that you will continue with your support to help us reach our goal. We believe that with every student we educate, we get one step closer to the day where a person’s birthplace, economic background, or gender no longer determines their future.

Thank you again for joining us in our quest to provide educational opportunities to deserving young women in rural regions of Turkey. And thank you for believing that the world can be better place, for supporting the BTF Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships Program, and for transforming these girls’ lives.

Best regards,

Bridge to Türkiye Fund

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