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...
Oct 21, 2013

Boots4Kids October 2013 Project Update

A Scene from Boots4Kids Project
A Scene from Boots4Kids Project

Dear Friend,

By now, you and I both have received at least a few emails from our favorite retailers informing us about the upcoming winter season… They update us about the latest trends in winter shoes and boots… Maybe you would like a pair of knee high boots… Or, maybe you would prefer a pair of ankle boots… Or, maybe you would like to go with something more comfortable like Uggs… Whatever your choice would be, you and I both know that we need at least a pair of boots to “survive” the next couple of months…

Recently, I was informed about this young boy, who lives in a village near Erzincan… He does not receive emails from his favorite retailers because he does not have Internet… He does not have a laptop or a computer, either… Some days they don’t even have electricity in the village which he lives in… But this boy, like his other friends who are attending to his school, will also have to “survive” the coming winter. He does not have an option to choose between the various types of boots. He wears his older brother’s old shoes to school. Shoes that are meant to be worn in spring, and certainly not in winter.

So, my friend, you and I both offered a choice… We both can use this opportunity to play a role in improving a child’s life and help him to enjoy this winter season just like you and I will do, too. For just $15 you and I could give a pair of boots for a kid in need, and could dramatically change the quality of their day-to-day life.

In 2014, Bridge to Turkiye foundation is planning to donate 1500 pairs of boots and socks to the children in need. So far, we have sent over 100 pairs to the Eastern part of Turkey. However, our job is not done. And, only with your help and partnership we can reach to our goal before the first snowfall of the season.

Here, my friend; and once again, I’m asking you to be a part of the change. As Thomas Paine said once “we have it in our power to change the world over”. Let’s start today!

Oct 9, 2013

October 11 is the UN's International Day of the Girl Child!

October 11 is the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) is just around the corner (October 11th) and your friends at Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) would like to call your attention to the challenges and barriers to girls' education from around the world and particularly in Turkey to commemorate the Day.  The IDGC was declared by the United Nations in 2012 to recognize girls’ rights globally and support action to address discrimination.

According to World Bank, in Turkey, the educational system does not provide enough access for the economically vulnerable rural girls, particularly for secondary education. The existing distributional gap between urbanized and rural Turkey, and between men and women, will not be eradicated unless there is truly equal educational opportunity for all Turkish children. In Eastern and Southeastern Turkey, over 45 percent of girls are illiterate. For many girls, especially those from marginalized communities, education continues to remain a distant dream due to various reasons — distance from home to school, finances, social and cultural barriers and so on. As BTF, we have pledged to do our part in eliminating economics as a barrier in getting an education for socio-economically disadvantaged girls in rural Turkey.

With continued interest and support from donors like you, in 2013-14 educational year, BTF aims to expand its program to provide scholarships to 50+ marginalized young women and adolescent girls from rural Turkiye. In collaboration with our trusted partner in Turkey: Cagdas Yasimi Destekleme Dernegi (CYDD-Association for Support of Contemporary Living), we are in the process of identifying additional girls who will qualify for BTF’s Girls’ Empowerment scholarships.  Exact number of students will be provided in the next report.

We are happy to announce that one of our scholars (G.K.) supported by this program has graduated from law school and aspires to be a judge. We are certain that G.K. will make a difference in her community and for Turkish society.

You, too, can take part in transforming a girl’s life! Come join us and imagine for a second…

… a world where girls are offered the equal educational opportunities as boys are…

… a world where girls are not forced to get married at an early age; and they could live their childhood…

… a world where girls are given the equal opportunity to reach their full potential…

So, partner with us in creating such world! Because when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty and illiteracy in just one generation. 

Remember: big changes start small. Contribute as much as you can, become a sponsor, spread the word, and be a part of the change. Educating girls is smart for all of us!

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support.

For more information about IDGC, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 8, 2013

Light the Path to Education One Girl at a Time

Scholars from Rural Regions of Turkey
Scholars from Rural Regions of Turkey

Late Prof. Dr. Türkan Saylan, the legendary President and founding member of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life (ÇYDD), believed that the most important problem in Türkiye is providing equal educational opportunities for both boys and girls, through a universal education system with contemporary, secular principles for all…  

Girls’ education is one of the smartest and single most cost-effective investments we can make in our homeland, Türkiye.

In the year 2000, United Nations established the Millennium Development Goal to promote gender equality and empower young women based on the notion that access to education is a basic human right and is a significant factor in reducing poverty and in improving the quality of life for young women and girls and their communities.

Your generous support, together with the work of Bridge to Türkiye, will help marginalized girls in Türkiye realize their dreams.

Please join BTF through its collaboration with ÇYDD to contribute to creating lasting positive change in Türkiye by empowering these young women with an opportunity to develop into productive citizens. Now is the time to step up our efforts to bridge the gender gap in education, empower marginalized women, and help them give back to their communities through a simple gift of scholarships for academically gifted but economically disadvantaged girls and young women.

Please give a gift today and BTF will leverage your support to transform the futures of rural young women and girls and strengthen communities in Türkiye.

Thanks for believing that each of us can really make a difference at the grassroots level…

Sincerely,

Turks4Good

Bridge to Türkiye Fund

www.bridgetoturkiye.org

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