Dear BTF Supporter:
We hope this summer finds you well! With this report, we would like to update you on Bridge to Turkiye Fund’s (BTF) recent progress and future plans for the Medine Memi Memorial Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships Project.
Global Campaign for Education reports that in 1948, education was set as a basic human right for every person, and enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. These goals were also incorporated into the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2000 and 2015, two of which focus on education: (1) ensure that all boys and girls complete primary schooling by 2015 and (2) eliminate gender disparities in primary education by 2005 and at all levels by 2015. Despite some successes, progress towards these goals is painfully slow. To date, some countries are still far from meeting the goal of gender equality in education.
Why is girls' education important? Economic growth and poverty are the main reasons why girls’ education is a smart investment for developing countries. Educating all their people, not just half of them, makes sense for future economic growth. It is known countries with better gender equality are more likely to have higher economic growth. Educated women also tend to be healthier, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education for their children; all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and lift households out of poverty. These benefits will transmit across generations, as well as to communities at large.
BTF believes that providing scholarships is an effective way to support disadvantaged young women and girls from rural communities to address the reluctance of parents to educate their girls due to economic hardship. Ultimately, these scholarships will help build communities where every young girl has the same opportunity to succeed and the chance to live out her dreams. BTF strives to campaign to make an impact in this area. There is much more work to be done, but thanks to BTF and its supporters, we are making progress each day. BTF held numerous successful fundraisers within the past three months, raising nearly $6,600 for this program.
To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th, BTF collaborated with the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC and organized a concert/fundraiser at the Embassy of Turkey for the benefit of Medine Memi Scholarships project. BTF also partnered with the Orange County Turkish American Association for an IWD fundraiser picnic held in Irvine, California on March 11th. In April, BTF’s volunteers in Charlotte, North Carolina organized a very successful fundraiser involving an art auction. Across the Atlantic, another fundraiser event, Hafla on The Hill, a bimonthly music and dance showcase, was held in London to support this program.
Your continued support since 2010 has enabled BTF to provide 25 annual scholarships in the amount of nearly $13,000 to disadvantaged young women and girls from rural regions of Turkey. With your contributions, BTF will continue its support of these girls to improve their lives. We are gearing up for the 2012-13 academic year and are currently evaluating existing scholars as well as identifying new potential scholarship recipients who will be benefit from this program.
Thank you again for your support and for sharing BTF’s passion for improving the lives of young women’s and girls’ through educational scholarships. As a donor, you will help these girls overcome social and economic obstacles and build a brighter future for themselves and the well being of their future families.
BTF is a US-wide organization, established in 2003 by Turkish Americans driven to make a difference, to improve life and to cultivate social change for the common good. BTF is a 100% volunteer-run, grassroots philanthropic bridge between the United States and Turkey. Organized for charitable purposes, BTF is devoted to identifying and mobilizing grassroots resources to focus on two basic areas of development: Turkish Children's Education and Healthcare. Special emphasis is given to elementary education and young women's empowerment. For more information, visit: www.bridgetoturkiye.org and Global Giving https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/medine-memi-girls-empowerment-fund/.
We hope you have a wonderful summer!
Bridge to Turkiye Fund
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