Apr 4, 2016

Libraries for Kids Project Report April 2016

@Siirt Kurtalan, enjoying new supplies
@Siirt Kurtalan, enjoying new supplies

As TEGV, we thank the GlobalGiving community for the support it has given thus far to our Library Project.  With the goal of creating Reading Cultures, this project aims to build three children’s library spaces in remote areas of Turkey, where children otherwise have no, or very limited, access to similar resources.  In addition to providing resources, TEGV uses these spaces to create programming meant to inspire children’s love for and ability in reading.  

Especially in these difficult times for Turkey, and particularly for such communities as the three we are targeting in this project, creating these library spaces and bringing them alive with programming is a much-needed source of joy and hope.

With the first $1100 of donations received through GlobalGiving, we were able to purchase some amount of books, desks and chairs for our Siirt Kurtalan location.  Beyond the excitement of receiving these things, the children were moved by the fact that these purchases had been made possible by donations from around the world.  It moved them to know that people cared enough to invest in them and their futures.  

Since our last report, we have received $365 in new donations, for a total of $2645 thus far.  It has been a slow period for donations, so please share our project with your family and friends.  With a few thousand dollars more of donations, we will be able to completely set up the Siirt Kurtalan space.

We thank all of you for your support and hope that in the next report we will have more to share.

Jan 6, 2016

TEGV Library Project Progress Report_January 2016

As TEGV, we thank the GlobalGiving community for the support it has given thus far for our Library Project.  With the goal of creating Reading Cultures, this project aims to build three children’s library spaces in remote areas of Turkey, where children otherwise have no, or very limited, access to similar resources.  In addition to providing resources, TEGV uses these spaces to create programming meant to inspire children’s love for and ability in reading.  We want children to be more than simply literate.  We want them to see reading as an avenue toward self-development, understanding the world, learning new things, thinking creatively and critically, and having fun.  This Library Project is therefore an incredibly valuable goal for our target communities.

Since our last report, we have received $1030 in new donations, for a total of $2340 thus far.  Though we still have a long way to go toward our goals, we have picked up the momentum with more and more donations coming in.  We hope that this pace continues.  In Turkish, there is a saying, “drop by drop, a lake is made.”  Each of your donations is a greatly appreciated drop as we continue to work hard toward filling our Library Project lake.  However large or small, we have such gratitude for all that believe enough in our project to dedicate any amount of their resources to us.  Every drop counts; and, to the kids benefitting from this project, it inspires them by showing that people care about them from around the world.

The children of Siirt Kurtalan continue to enjoy the books and desks we purchased for them with the first $1100 of donations we received.  We are waiting to collect $5660 of additional donations, before we take action again.  With an additional $5660, we will have enough money to completely set up the Siirt Kurtalan library (including additional books, bookshelves, other furniture and renovations) so please tell your friends, colleagues and families to help us get closer to our goals.

We thank all of you for your support, and hope that in the next report we will be sharing that we have gotten enough donations to fully set up the Siirt Kurtalan library space!

Oct 7, 2015

TEGV Library Project Progress Report_October 2015

TEGV Siirt Kurtalan Learning Unit Library Space
TEGV Siirt Kurtalan Learning Unit Library Space

On behalf of TEGV kids, we would like to thank everyone who has believed in and donated to our project so far, helping to set up libraries for kids Turkey. 

All of TEGV’s work focuses on disadvantaged areas of Turkey, where income levels are low, family sizes are large, educational attainment levels are low, schools lack infrastructure, access to social services is limited and children have limited exposure to quality support programs.  This project is focused on creating library spaces in three of the least developed cities in Turkey: Siirt Kurtalan, Mardin Savur and Batman. Once this project is fully funded and actualized, more than 2000 kids will have a chance to use the libraries we set up to expand their knowledge of the world and of themselves through TEGV’s work to build “reading cultures.”

Because our target locations for this project are in such need, we decided to go ahead and invest some of the money donated so far to get going on the library space for our Siirt Kurtalan Learning Unit.  With $1,100.00 (2,667 TL) of the donations so far, we were able to purchase 6 tables for the library space (where children read books and TEGV volunteers hold reading programs with the kids) for the price of $619.00 (1,720 TL) and 93 books for the price of $330.00 (919 TL). When the children learned about the GlobalGiving initiative and saw their library space beginning to materialize, they were incredibly excited and felt very special for having people around the world supporting their library space.  They were especially grateful, they said, because of the lack of libraries in their schools and lack of access to the one library in their province.  They emphasized that, except their school textbooks, TEGV is the only place that meets their needs of reading books.

Of course, we still have a way to go to reach our final fundraising goal.  Siirt Kurtalan needs more books, and we need to get started on Mardin Savur and Batman spaces.  Though creating a library space may seem like a simple project, the impact of your donations is deeply meaningful for the kids who benefit.  These are kids hungry for stimulation and support.  For them, a book is an avenue to new worlds and new thoughts, and your donations are a message that people around the world believe in them and support their learning. We thank all of you who have donated so far and continue to donate, and we hope that this report can inspire others to take action.  

Kübra who is one of TEGV children at Siirt Kurtalan Learning Unit expressed her thoughts about our project. You can see the translation of the video below.

“Hi, I’m Kübra. The reason why I wish to see a library here is; we can improve our learning skills much better. There is not library in our school but; opening of the library in this place was great for us. Therefore, I liked this library very much. Although there isn’t library in our school as in the other schools, I feel very happy to know that, it is here now.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VddESlc_dio

Warmest Regards

TEGV Siirt Kurtalan Learning Unit Library Space
TEGV Siirt Kurtalan Learning Unit Library Space

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