Break Poverty Cycle By Educating Girls In Turkey

 
$126,586
$353,414
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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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May 21, 2012

Thank you for your support..

I too have a dream...
I too have a dream...

At the end of the six months you have been supporting our project, we succeeded in helping 50 new girls to continue their education.Our initiative aims to help 1,000 underprivileged girls in Turkey complete their school education. Focusing on girls in the 7th grade, our support enables them to continue their education for the next 6 years until they graduate from high school. With your donations we hope to reach our goal and  we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone involved. Our initiative is having a real and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged girls; for example:

 

Aye Saç a 7th grader has dreams…Whenever their teacher asks them what they dream of, she says she wants to be a teacher and help those who do not have the privilege to get education.She says she is determined to go after her dream...

All the girls we’re able to support with this initiative are eager and determined to study. We feel privileged to be able to help them build a future for themselves.

 Thank you for your continued support.

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Jan 30, 2012

New Year Update

One of our scholarship girls
One of our scholarship girls

Our initiative aims to help 1,000 underprivileged girls in Turkey complete their school education. Focusing on girls in the 7th grade, our support enables them to continue their education for the next 6 years until they graduate from high school. We’ve received a number of donations over the past three months and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone involved. Our initiative is having a real and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged girls; for example:

 

Busra, is an 8th-grade student from Ulukisla, Nigde. Her parents divorced before she was born. She lives with her mother and grandmother. During the summer holidays, Busra works as a cleaner to help with the household bills. She doesn’t have a computer or even a bed of her own. However, thanks to the CYDD scholarship, she can offset the money she would otherwise need to earn as a cleaner and instead, continue her schooling. Her teachers say that she’s a good student. She plays basketball and volleyball and is one of the best runners in her class. Büra knows she has to study hard at school. She wants to be a nurse when she grows up so that she can use her education to help others.

 

Hatice from Konya is also an 8th-grader whose parents divorced when she was very young. She has a great role model at home, as her mother decided to further her own education after Hatice was born and graduated from university at the age of 30. She has always worked to take care of her daughter and Hatice adores her. However, life as a single mother is hard and she often struggles to find a job to support her family. Hatice’s grandmother also lives with them and they take care of their baby cousin whose mother sadly passed away. Hatice needs her CYDD scholarship to help support her family so that she can go to school like other, more privileged, children. She dreams of becoming a medical doctor when she’s older.

 

All the girls we’re able to support with this initiative are eager and determined to study. We feel privileged to be able to help them build a future for themselves.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 


Two other girls with CYDD scholarships
Two other girls with CYDD scholarships

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Itr Ovul

general coordinator
ISTANBUL, Turkey

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