Empower 300 Girls through Education in Turkey

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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/






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…



Bridge to Türkiye Fund


Transform a marginalized adolescent girl’s life through the gift of education in rural Turkey!

Dear Supporter:

Chapter IV paragraph 4.2 of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development states: "Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. Despite notable efforts by many countries around the globe that have appreciably expanded access to basic education, there are approximately 960 million illiterate adults in the world, of whom two-thirds are women. There are 130 million children who are not enrolled in primary school and 70 per cent of them are girls.”  

As in many parts of the world, girls in Turkey still face obstacles to education that boys do not. Girls comprise approximately 72 percent of all unschooled children in Turkey.  Your support helps Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) in contributing to the progress of bridging the gender gap by providing scholarships for marginalized young girls from rural regions of Turkey. Access to education is a basic human right. Education is a significant factor in reducing poverty and a key to improving quality of life for girls and young women, communities, and countries.

Did you know that for just $45 per month, you can give the gift of education to a child in secondary education in Turkey?

In this update, we are happy to share with you a personal letter we received from one of BTF’s scholarship recipients, Dilek who is a 5th grade student from Erzurum. The letter below is roughly translated as follows:

To My Dear Second Family Who Supports Me!

Although I have never met anyone of you, I love you dearly. Your support has really made me very happy. 

My seven siblings and I have spent difficult days since my mom passed away. We are just recovering. Your support came right after those gloomy days. That's why I feel so lucky and happy. I am able to meet my basic needs and buy tests and books with the scholarship you have given me. I feel less of a burden on my father, because I can buy the books I need on my own. Now, I am also more interested in reading books. I have more interest in getting an education. I will do my best to work hard not to waste the support of my father, my siblings, my elderly sisters, and yours. With your support, I'm trying harder each new day because I know I have two families. I am proud of them both. With the strength from God and your support, I will try not to waste your efforts. As I conclude my letter, I hope that you will never forget that I love you all…I hope the day will come and you will see me as a proud teacher. When that day arrives you will have a daughter who will always love and who will never forget you. You have a daughter in Erzurum Karacoban who remembers you in her every prayer. May God's love be with you!


Your Loving Daughter, 



Please continue to help support the work of BTF and make a difference in the life of a young girl.

Thanks, as always, for your support!

A Letter from one of BTF
A Letter from one of BTF's Scholars from Erzurum
Educating girls is a smart investment.
Educating girls is a smart investment.

Together, we are a force for women’s empowerment in rural regions of Turkey…

Dear Supporter:

2012 has been quite a year for the Medine Memi Memorial Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships Project, thanks to the staunch support and dedication from people like you. We are excited and proud to report that we’ve have been able to expand the program to include 16 more academically gifted but economically disadvantaged young women and girls from various rural regions of Turkey. This brings the total scholarships paid so far to nearly $22,000. Of the 16 new scholars supported by this program, 13 are university students who were carefully selected by the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life (Çagdas Yasam Destekleme Dernegi [CYDD]) for “BIR ISIK DA SIZ YAKIN.” BTF is proud to support CYDD as this project aims to provide quality education to young women, who face economic hardship, to continue with their university education and to give them the opportunity to become leaders in their communities in Turkey.

By the end of 2012, we awarded 17 scholarships to college students and 36 to girls in elementary and high school. The average annual scholarships award ranged from $360 to $1080 per student. Our goal is to raise the number of students supported by this program to 50 in 2013. We are excited to also share that one of our students in this program will be graduating this year with a law degree and aspires to be a prosecuting attorney in Turkey. Two of our high school graduates got accepted to dentistry and law schools based on their impressively high scores earned in the university entrance exams.

Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) believes that education for girls is one of the best strategies for protecting girls against violence, abuse, child marriage, and discrimination. Thus, BTF continues its commitment to helping young girls build a better future for themselves and their families, communities, and the World. Together, we can make meaningful and measurable differences in the lives of girls by giving them equal access to education (a fundamental right) to improve their chances to succeed and to raise the next generation of leaders and philanthropists who will continue BTF’s mission to educate girls.

In the coming year, we hope you will consider renewing your support with a tax-deductible contribution to the Medine Memi Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships by donating at the GlobalGiving project page. BTF will direct 100% of your donations to eligible young girls who are supported by this program.

We are very grateful to have you in our community. On behalf of BTF and our young scholars, we thank you and wish you and your families all the best in 2013.

Bridge to Türkiye Fund


Every girl deserves and education!
Every girl deserves and education!

Educating girls is not only right, it’s smart. Together, we can create a ripple effect that can transform communities for generations…

Dear BTF Supporter:

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Girls face discrimination, violence and abuse every day across the world. The International Day of the Girl Child, a new global observance, aims to highlight the importance of empowering girls and ensuring their human rights.

Investing in girls is a moral imperative — a matter of basic justice and equality.  It is an obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It is also critical for achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, advancing economic growth and building peaceful, cohesive societies across the globe. Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) supports the UN programs and believes that education for girls is one of the best strategies for protecting girls against violence, abuse, child marriage, and discrimination. When girls are able to stay in school, girls can build a foundation for a better life for themselves and their families, which will help enrich their lives and enhance their future.

In honor of the UN’s first-ever International Day of the Girl on October 11, BTF invites you to support the Medine Memi Memorial Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships Project to educate and empower girls in rural areas of Turkey and especially those among the poorest. Please stand up for Medine Memi and all girls and young women whose lives were cut short tragically in Turkey and throughout the world, and give the gift of education in their honor on International Day of the Girl tomorrow. Together, we can help create a brighter future for these young women and girls and their communities as a whole. 

Since 2010, BTF provided 25 annual scholarships totaling nearly $13,000 to disadvantaged young women and girls from rural regions of Turkey. With your support, for the 2012-13 academic year, we have added six more scholarship recipients who will be supported by this program.  

Please consider supporting this worthy cause or become a sponsor by visiting our website at www.bridgetoturkiye.org or at Global Giving project page at http://goto.gg/9853. BTF will direct 100% of your donations to eligible young girls who are supported by this program.  

On this inaugural International Day of the Girl, we thank you for stepping up and investing in girls' education in Turkey and investing in the future.

Warm Wishes,

Bridge to Türkiye Fund Team


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