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Mar 16, 2020

It is never too late to pursue your dreams

We would like to share a case story of one of our beneficiaries with you…

Hadeel, who is 22 years old, aims to finish her school and to become a successful businesswoman by climbing up the ladder of success step by step.

When asked about what her goal is in terms of education and career, Hadeel says the following in response: “Finishing my school and becoming a successful businesswoman by climbing up the ladder of success step by step, and even having a company of my own.”

Hadeel was going to 10th grade in Syria. Once arrived in Turkey in 2013, she resumed her education, enrolling in 11th grade; however, she missed the re-registration process during the change of curriculum in the last grade, and therefore had to suspend her education. Beginning to work in factories during the period she did not attend school, Hadeel did not give up on her school life, decided to go to school once again the next year, and completed her open high school education. Hadeel is currently a freshman student at Istanbul University and is very happy for continuing her education.

When asked what kind of challenges they mostly face in their daily lives, Hadeel points out that the greatest challenges are language barrier and finding a job. In regards to her Turkish neighbors and friends, she says, “we have been living in Istanbul for 5 years now, our neighbors are good people. Even though we don’t speak the same language, we’re able to get along with a smile”.

Hadeel expresses that obtaining a certificate through the vocational course she is attending simultaneously will help her to find a qualified job. Indicating that she now believes there are job opportunities for herself and her family, Hadeel says that her greatest dream is “to do a master’s degree after graduation; to raise my and my family’s living standards by constantly progressing in my education and career”.

Having come to Istanbul in 2013, Hadeel mentions that language barrier was the biggest difficulty she had faced at the beginning. Hadeel says, “the greatest difficulty for me was not knowing the language; first I had to overcome that problem and I needed money for that. I had to find a job. Even if it was difficult, I managed to find a job at factories, I was fatigued but I never gave up, I kept working. Eventually, I saved money and attended a language course. I took a major step towards my school life by receiving a B2 level Turkish language certificate.”

Pointing out that being aware of her success in works she took new steps towards despite all difficulties and indicating that taking more determined steps in achieving her dreams motivates her, Hadeel says that she feels very lucky for having heard about the vocational training and for having participated in it. Hadeel goes on to say, “I’m a student and I have dreams. I’ve come across another step to achieve them. I’m learning the job and I’m earning money. This situation gives me great joy. I’m very happy to be sharing the same environment, talking and learning together with Turkish people in our course”.

Dec 18, 2019

International Migrants Day - 18 December 2019

With the United Nations General Assembly proclaiming 18 December as International Migrants Day in year 2000, it was aimed for migrant rights to be known worldwide and for awareness to be raised on the problems experienced by migrants.

Due to conflicts, economic problems and political reasons in many regions of the world, millions of individuals all over the world have started seeking migration routes, leaving behind their families, homes, lives in pursuit of better conditions.

Presently, the number of persons living in a country other than their country of birth is greater than ever before. The number of migrants in the world has reached 272 million in 2019. The global population of forcibly displaced persons have nearly exceeded 70 million at the end of 2018. Approximately 26 million of this population consists of refugees, while 3.5 million consists of asylum seekers. Today, one out of every 33 persons in the world comes from a migrant background.

Unfortunately, negative opinions and statements concerning migrants is rising due to increasing intolerant statements about them throughout the world. However, the positive contributions of migrants on the community and country to which they migrate; in other words, the strong connection between migration and development should never be ignored and steps should be taken to further strengthen this connection.

In such a period, Turkey has set an example for the world with its works conducted in this regard and has always welcomed migrants and has never left those in need to deal with such a difficult situation on their own. It has fulfilled the responsibility of being aware that remaining indifferent to one of the most significant problems globally experienced by humanity means contributing to violations of human rights increasing and living conditions in poor countries worsening.

Based on our 25 years of experience as ASAM on migration and refugees, with the understanding that migration does not only mean arriving at someplace and should be addressed as a process, we focus on raising awareness on the challenges encountered by migrants and asylum seekers during migration and on providing assistance by coming up with solutions for the problems experienced.

Calling upon creating a world where human rights and human dignity are protected, we wish you a happy International Migrants Day.

Sep 23, 2019

A new school year has begun!

A new school year has begun!

In Turkey, schools start in September. Now, children have a lot to learn. Let's spend a year full of love, excitement, solidarity, and hope.

What did we do in the meantime? Wait for to schools to open? Of course not...

We gathered strength before school year begins, and prepared activities for all of our children.

ASAM Çorum Multi Service Support Center came together with children at the ''Back to School'' event. The faces were smiling, preparations were completed.

ASAM’s Yalova Sustainable Living Center, organized activities for improving the sensory and motor skills of children during the preparation for school events. Yalova Sustainable Living Center continues its efforts to strengthen the children's hand and eye coordination. On the other hand, playing games that improve Turkish language skills is the children's main source of amusement. 

Your donations are making these events possible.

On behalf of all of our organization.

Thank you.

 
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