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Apr 21, 2020

BTF 23 Nisan Care Package for Stay@Home Students

BTF 23 Nisan Care Package
BTF 23 Nisan Care Package

Dear Friends,

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, we hope you are healthy and safe... Like so many, we are heartbroken about this epidemic's devastating effects in Turkey and the rest of the world. These are very challenging times not only for educators, but for families. With most of the world practicing physical distancing, we want to convey our love and support to children and families coping with their new circumstances and educational paths.


Due to the interruption of education in schools, students spend their days away from their teachers and friends. This period is more challenging for our socio-economically disadvantaged children, since the schools are the only place where they can socialize and access educational resources such as puzzles, books, picture books, crayons, and intelligence games.

We adapted our BTF 4Kids education projects that we sent to village schools as April 23 Gifts and Care Packages that will provide personal support to students during this challenging time.

Together, we want to bring students comfort while supporting their learning habits during this unprecedented time. Our Care Packages include:

  • Educational materials such as story books, painting materials, puzzles and games to support students’ learning habits
  • BTF teddy bear friend to make children happy, since they cannot leave the house and play with their friends due to their age and curfew regulations
  • A toothpaste, toothbrush and personal flask for their health
  • Balloons, flags, rosettes and the "The Speech by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk for Children" book with a drawstring bag and a hat gifts to learn and celebrate the 100th anniversary of "April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day" with joy in their homes.

Sending these items to children not only satisfy a practical need, but it reminds them that they are cared, supported and loved. 

Please consider supporting our students now, when they need it most. Isolation is a challenge for those even in the most ideal circumstances and we can support their needs during this time of crisis.

One Student Care Package is $20 with all gift items included.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Wishing you safety and health!

BTF 23 Nisan Care Package
BTF 23 Nisan Care Package
Educational Gifts
Educational Gifts
Educational Gifts
Educational Gifts
Personal Hygiene and Teddy Bear Gifts
Personal Hygiene and Teddy Bear Gifts
Personal Hygiene and Teddy Bear Gifts
Personal Hygiene and Teddy Bear Gifts
April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day
April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day
April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day
April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day
Other Gifts
Other Gifts
Other Gifts
Other Gifts
List of all gifts in a Care Package
List of all gifts in a Care Package
List of all gifts in a Care Package
List of all gifts in a Care Package

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Feb 18, 2020

SCIENCE FOR ALL

BTF Science4Kids
BTF Science4Kids

Dear Friends

The joy of science should not be restricted to children in the richest countries of the world. Some of the greatest minds may be found in the most unlikely places, just waiting for an opportunity to flourish. Discoveries yet to be made may be facilitated by providing the opportunity for scientific discovery to children ripe for learning in rural Turkiye.

Science4Kids is a program that provides hands on, experiential scientific learning in under-served classrooms throughout Turkiye. Our program provides the opportunity for scientific discovery to students who might not otherwise have access to science equipment or supplies. While our immediate goal is to change young lives, we seek a long-term goal as well, which is to encourage further study and create a love for science and learning. The wonders of scientific discovery could very well be provided through our efforts to the child who will grow up to one day cure cancer or neurological disease and change the course of history!

The Science4Kids hands-on curriculum provides experimental learning in fields from biology and ecology to the solar system and everything in between. Science4Kids provides students the opportunity to learn via observation, problem solving, cooperation, and critical thinking as they work their way through well-designed labs, exercises, and partner activities.
To date, Science4Kids has provides science kits to 43 elementary schools, 10 Junior high schools, and 6 K-8 schools. Through its efforts, Bridge to Turkiye has shared the love of science, and more important, access to the world of scientific discovery, to thousands of children in Turkiye.

We thank you for your support as we change the world, one student at a time.

Student testimonials:

"Dear Bridge to Turkey Team,
We would like to thank you for allowing us to explore science more closely in our courses, expanding the limited opportunities we had, taking us one step further through science. Our teachers work so hard for us as they utilize the available resources, books and materials, but thanks to your donations, you have given us the opportunity to study more thoroughly and you have provided stability to our science curriculum in this new program. It is good to be able to experiment, examine and observe positive and negative results through trial and error. Learning new things, moving forward and studying the fine points of experimental results is incredibly enjoyable. We took a step, and you are the beginning. We cannot thank you enough for your interest and support.”
Elanur 8th grade

“I have always wondered about my blood type. In our class, no one knew their blood type but with the BTF Science kit, we were able to find out. It was very exciting and I will never forget it.
Thank you for providing Science lab materials to us.”
Nermin 7th grade

“We are grateful to you for thinking of us, for bringing us to be able to experience science. I was very surprised today when I looked at the onion peel through the microscope. I once again realized that science is our only salvation. Science is all mankind, but it is difficult to reach science when opportunities do not allow it. Up until now, it was hard for us. People say my sense of curiosity is very strong, maybe we will contribute to science one day and on the way to that day you were with us today. I hope you can help other village children to experience this power. We are grateful to you.”
Sevgi 6th grade


Thank you for considering coming on board and igniting a fire for learning across Turkey in the young learners as they discover the fun they can have with science, while building their critical thinking skills, their powers of observation, and problem- solving abilities. You can make a huge difference in the lives of so many young learners.
Let them know how you value education, all the way from your neighborhood to theirs, showing how you care through science- Science4Kids!

Science is real! Lets spread the love of Science…

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Feb 18, 2020

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS TO YOUNG WOMEN IN TURKEY!

CYDD Edirne Scholars
CYDD Edirne Scholars

Dear Friend:

Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) is excited to update you on its Empowerment Scholarships Program as we continue to introduce our inspiring scholars who are full of hope and ambition for a brighter future.

This has been quite a year for our Empowerment Scholarships Program and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our generous donors like you!

We are pleased to report that, during the 2019-2020 Academic Year, we provided scholarships to 1,062 students from underserved regions of Turkey – totaling our impact to 4,600 students supported in over a decade with $2.1M in total investment funds in educational scholarships. 

“BTF has supported hundreds of projects in Turkey via investment grants totaling over $4.5M all benefiting underserved children in Turkey.”


One of BTF’s core values is to continue to do its part in investing in the future of female college students to help bridge the gender gap in equality in all aspects of their lives in Turkey. This year, we collaborated with 17 well-respected NGO partners and university foundations, one of which is our most significant partner: The Association for Supporting Contemporary Life or, in Turkish, Çagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (ÇYDD). This organization has 103 branch offices spread throughout Turkey serving the needs of their local communities in the areas of education and health. Due to economic uncertainties in recent years, ÇYDD has received more than 21,000 applications for scholarships. Unfortunately, only 25 percent of these applicants received scholarships. 

BTF awarded scholarships to 790 students through 38 ÇYDD branch offices, enabling us to reach out to students from diverse, low-income rural communities and those areas that are predominantly made up of ethnic minorities. 

“BTF believes in the power of investing in education and building futures for underserved women and girls in Turkey.”


One of the ÇYDD branch offices we support is in Edirne located in the western Turkey. Through the Edirne branch, we support 25 female university students majoring in education, law, medicine, and historically underrepresented STEM disciplines. Below is a letter we like to share from one of our scholars aspiring to be a successful nurse studying in Trakya University: 

“Dear BTF Family,

My name is Özge. I am a senior year nursing student at the University of Trakya. Originally from Istanbul, I have been part of the Edirne ÇYDD family for the past three years and have had the privilege to receive BTF scholarships for the past two years. Unfortunately, my father is a man who does not see the value in educating girls. He is completely against the idea of sending his daughters to study at a school away from our hometown. I was able to get accepted into my college by studying secretly at night using my phone light and with the help of my mother who earned money from making handicrafts. Before I turned 18 years, I went against my father’s wishes and applied for a college. It is when I felt completely alone and helpless that I applied for a scholarship from ÇYDD Edirne branch, which came through for me. Since then, this organization has become my family and an important part of my life. I participated in all activities and projects organized by this branch. I participated in leadership and volunteer roles in various projects. Thanks to this institution, which filled my spiritual side, I was able to receive a scholarship in my second year of studies. With the encouragement I received from ÇYDD Edirne community and leaders, I have been volunteering to serve as the Red Crescent Community Chair for two years at my university. In my role, I have started to do all that I can do to improve people’s lives and take part in social responsibility projects in our local community. I try to be an active and social person throughout my university life without impacting my studies.

Next, I would like to share my dreams and aspirations in my academic life. I have always made it a goal of mine to have a successful academic performance since my freshman year and believe in the philosophy of life-long learning. Upon graduation, I intend to get a master’s degree, hopefully at a college outside of my country. Then, I wish to continue my academic career by getting a Ph.D. in my program. Although it was my dream to attend the Erasmus Plus summer internship project to improve my English and gain study abroad experience, I didn’t get accepted. Due to my family's economic hardship, I could not participate in the Work & Travel or the Isaac Program. I am still hopeful that I can get accepted into a project within the scope of European Volunteer Service in the coming years.

I am grateful to my BTF family for touching my life through their support and contributions. I hope we can have a chance to meet someday.”

As you can see, these scholarships make a tremendous difference by allowing these students like Özge to explore their passions to the fullest and take advantage of the opportunities that will jump start their future careers and improve their lives. 

Once again, thank you for your support, generosity, and most importantly, for believing in the advancement of women and helping change the world, one educated girl at a time!

Best regards,

CYDD Edirne Scholars Event Photo
CYDD Edirne Scholars Event Photo
BTF Students
BTF Students
 
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