Put an end to child brides in Turkey

Future Scholarship Recipients
Future Scholarship Recipients

TPF is pleased to announce our most recent grants towards gender equality in Turkey! As we mentioned in our previous posts, it is proven that if a girl receives an education or learns a trade, she will be much less likely to be married before her 18th birthday. 

Therefore, we have focused our efforts on supporting organizations whose missions accomplish just that. The first of our two grants was given to Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi in the amount of $12,445.00.  The funds were raised from our Mother’s Day campaign and TPF’s Birthday Campaign to support girls education. The amount given has been allocated to provide high school scholarships to at least 20 girls and university scholarships to 2 girls! We love seeing our donors kind gifts go to work!

Our next groundbreaking grant was given to an organization in the eastern region of Turkey called Van. There, you can find a small but powerful organization that trains young women to weave kilims (hand woven rugs). These girls tend to be the sole breadwinners in their family. The organization also provides home schooling to the participants during the day. Some of the girls come to the classes without any prior education and learn to read and write, and begin earning money for their family. Last month, TPF was able to grant their organization enough funds to build a new workshop, providing access to a whole new group of girls. 

We can’t thank you enough for all your help along the way!

Please keep up to date with all of our workings on www.tpfund.org and at @tphilanthropy on Twitter!


Program Assistant

Kilim Rug Weavers and their Teacher
Kilim Rug Weavers and their Teacher
Young Kilim Weavers in Van
Young Kilim Weavers in Van

Dear donors,

Boy, have we quite the news for you! We spent the past two weeks visiting our projects in Turkey and have uncovered beautiful stories, photos and successes. TPF teamed up with UNICEF Ambassador and Founder of WomenOne, Dayle Haddon on this trip. All of the projects we visited pertained to women empowerment – we feel the bottom line to gender equality is access to opportunity. So that’s where we’re investing! Click here to read and watch our pre-trip post.

In Istanbul, we visited a grantee partner that provides scholarships to young girls, a human rights organization that raises awareness, a center that provides literacy training to adult women and an organization that teaches women life skills to become financially independent. Click here to read our post about our visit in Istanbul.

While we were in Trabzon (in the north, along the Black Sea), we heard the phenomenal story of an illiterate entrepreneur who didn’t let her lack of opportunities stand in the way of success. Read her story here.

We visited Van (in the southeast, bordering Iran), and met with young girls who have started working, as early as 14, to support their entire families. Read about the kilim weavers who are our role models here.

TPF travelled to Diyarbakir (also in the southeast) to hear the stories of women, young and old, who have overcome domestic violence through one of our grantee partner’s meetings.

Lastly, we met with young refugees from Syria, in the southern city of Hatay, who have been denied access to camps because it is over capacity. These young girls desperately want an education. Stay tuned for blog posts on Diyarbakir and Hatay.

 We’ve been keeping busy! Stay up to date with TPF’s work on gender equality by following #womenonamission on Twitter and following our blog posts!

Thank you so very much for your donation – without you, this work would be impossible!

All the best,


Dayle Haddon, meeting with scholarship recipients
Dayle Haddon, meeting with scholarship recipients
Young Syrian refugee in her classroom
Young Syrian refugee in her classroom

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Senay Ataselim

New York, NY United States

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