May 2014 Update
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb
Dilek, a 6th grader from Erzurum, Turkey, is just another young girl who hopes to become a teacher someday. Unfortunately, if she doesn’t receive financial support, she will not be able to fulfill her dream, and what is worse is that she may be forced by her family to get married before she reaches 18 due to economic hardship.
Deniz is a senior journalism student in college who aspires to earn a doctorate degree in communication & jourmalism and educate new generations of journalists to high standards of quality in journalism while working towards achieving an independent, objective, free press in Turkey.
Bahar is a second year law student in Istanbul who wants to make a difference in establishing judicial systems that would build a Turkish society free from gender, ethnic, and religious discrimination, and achieving freedom of speech and expression in her country.
Duygu, a senior student, studying business administration at the Istanbul University whose dream is to be a world-renowned economist and win the Nobel Prize in economics some day. Duygu realizes that this is a challenging goal to achieve; however, she believes that everything begins with believing in yourself and following your dreams. And all significant, so-called impossible achievements in this world were accomplished by those who followed their dreams, took courageous strides, and believed that they would could happen.
These are just a few of the 85 bright young women supported through the BTF’s Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships Program in 2014.
The illiteracy rate among young women in the eastern and southeastern Turkey is estimated at 45 percent. For many years, the Turkish government and various NGOs have worked to improve the situation. But the economic hardship, restrictive traditions, distance to schools, and insufficient number of dormitories prevented many girls from access to education.
According to CNNTurk’s special report on 4/23/14, the rate of girls attending school after primary school sharply declined in Turkey. For example, unschooled girls after primary school in eastern Anatolia are estimated at 74% and 82.7% in the southeastern Anatolia.
Despite the difficulties they face, these girls have high hopes for a better future just like any young girl growing up in developed countries. We know that educating girls has enormous social and economic benefits and has been identified as a primary means toward national development. This is why the BTF’s Girls’ Empowerment Program focuses on providing financial support to bright young women from poor families and who show the most potential for success.
Next academic year, we wish to expand the scholarship program to support 100 deserving young women and girls to help them get an education so that they can be productive members of their communities.
We greatly appreciate your continued support, generosity, and contributions to this important cause and enabling us to make a real difference in the lives of these young women and girls. Please continue to support this program so that we can help more young women to rise out of poverty and give them their future by visiting: http://goto.gg/9853.
We are counting on your continued support. Future generations are counting on you.
The BTF Team
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