Bridge to Turkiye Fund

Mission: Bridge to Turkiye Fund is devoted to mobilizing and generating philanthropic resources benefiting the socio-economically disadvantaged segments of Turkish society, with emphasis in children's education and health care. Our vision: To unite individuals through capacity building and to promote fellowship by establishing a trusted bridge between those with aspirations without the means; and those with the means to be their dream partners. To contribute to the development of under-served segments of the Turkish society, where they too can realize their full potential To promote the principles of good citizenship and to build an organization that is credible, transparent and ...
Feb 9, 2016

Give Syrian Refugee Children the Chance to Learn, Play and be Kids Again

Gift of Schoolbags with Education Kits
Gift of Schoolbags with Education Kits

Not much has changed since we've started our "Rise Now for Syrian Refugee Children" program in last December... Fearing for their future, hundreds of Syrian families continue to leave their country; and Turkey continues to be the largest Syrian refugee-hosting country… Refugees, while still unsure about their tomorrow, are still barely receiving the care that they need in this freezing cold winter…

During the last couple of months one thing has changed though: all of our projects that aim to help and improve the lives of Syrian refugee women and children have been kicked off! With your support, Bridge to Turkiye Fund has raised close to $20K! For the last couple of months we’ve been busy translating these funds into various educational and social opportunities for the Syrian refugee women and children.

Since our program has been kicked off, with your generous contributions,we were able to complete two of our projects:

  1. We distributed 1000 schoolbags to children (ages 5-18) in partnership with our local NGOs in Istanbul, and in other border towns;
  2. We also delivered 1500 Arabic books, and 1500 Turkish books to the targeted Syrian schools in Istanbul


Additionally, as we are building the foundations of our third project which will focus on supporting the Syrian Refugee children’s education and social enrichment; we are also planning for a knitting shop for Syrian women… With this program we are planning to invest in Syrian refugee women to help themselves and self-support education for their children. You will hear more about these projects on our next letter!

Moreover, today, we are kicking off our “Mother&Child” project, which aims to empower the Syrian refugee mothers and their children under one roof. As part of this project, we are partnering with Social and Cultural Life Association, our local NGO partner. Our highly qualified Turkish language teachers will teach Turkish language to 100 Syrian refugee mothers. So every day for 2 hours these 100 mothers will be learning Turkish while their children are taking dance and art classes at the same location. Imagine the security and the belonging this will provide to these families, who have lost everything! Imagine the happiness of a mother who will see her child attending to an age appropriate activity with their friends! Imagine the happiness of a child who will dance, draw and laugh freely for 2 hours every day without the fear of tomorrow! We hope that with your contributions our “Mother&Child” program will offer this sense of normality and hope for future to these families.

As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, we all need to remember children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. With your support we will continue to work with our local NGO partners and offer programs to Syrian refugee children that will provide them a safe environment and a chance to play and go to school. Your contributions will help us to offer programs to the women who will need employment options in case of long-term displacement.

The need for help is urgent; and we depend on friends like you to make sure our programs can continue without interruption. Thank you so much for your continuous support and giving another chance to the Syrian refugee children to be kids again!

Syrian Refugee Children with Their New SchoolBags
Syrian Refugee Children with Their New SchoolBags
Building Libraries
Building Libraries
Syrian Kids in Istanbul
Syrian Kids in Istanbul

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Dec 16, 2015

Boots4Kids is Ready for Winter!

Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
As you know, Bridge to Turkiye Fund's Warm Boots4kids project supplies boots to the financially challenged kids in the rural parts of Turkey; and your donations make this project possible. The brand new boots do more than just keep these children’s feet safe and warm but also help to warm their hearts and boost their self-esteem. Many economically challenged families can not afford to buy shoes for their kids and these children go to school with whatever they can find to wear. Boots4kids’ mission is to give these children access to a pair of warm shoes that will protect them from the cold winter weather.
We have already kicked off the project for 2016! We are actively receiving the requests from the village schools in Turkey and partnering with local partners to deliver the boots to the children in need. A pair of boots costs an average of $15 and make children smile.
So far we have delivered 288 pairs of boots to six schools in Agri, Mus and Bingol, all eastern cities in Turkey. Last year we sent 2400 pairs of boots to children; and this year we are planning to exceed last year's number. How does 3000 pairs of boots sound for 2016? 
Every $15 you contribute to this project will warm up two little feet and a little heart.  
Thank you very much for your continued support. 
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Aug 7, 2015

Warm Feet Warmer Smiles

Boots4Kids in Bitlis
Boots4Kids in Bitlis

Dear Friend,

As the summer days are getting shorter and shorter, and Fall is almost upon us; Boots4Kids team has already started to plan for the coming winter! Our goal is the same: warm feet, warmer smiles!

Our donor pool has been growing since you last heard from us and we're getting ready to send hundreds of boats, socks and possibly coats to the children who live in the eastern parts of Turkey, and who are in desperate need of winter clothing.

Next month we'll start contacting with our partners in Turkey; and will begin to build our strategy for this winter; and your generosity will define the scope of our project for 2015. Will we afford to support 1000 kids? How about 1500 of them? As you would remember, last year we reached out to more than 2000 children! This year, let's grow together! Let's reach out to 2500 kids! Or, maybe even to 3000! 

For $15 dollars you could support a child's winter shoe needs for the coming winter. For $600 you could become a sponsor for a whole elementary school in a rural village in Turkey.

We are halfway through reaching our $35K goal for this project. Please donate now, and let's make a change together!

 

With Gratitude,

- Hande

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