Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year

by Bridge to Turkiye Fund
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Empower 1000 Rural Students Every School Year
Happy April 23rd, Children's Day...
Happy April 23rd, Children's Day...

Dear Bridge to Turkiye Friend,

Would you like to be a hero this year for children on Children’s Day, April 23rd?

We make it possible by delivering educational sets to village schools on your behalf for children to celebrate Children’s Day…

Children’s Day, April 23rd is celebrated as a holiday in Turkey as it is a National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. This tradition was started by Ataturk in 1933, who is the founder of Turkish Republic. On that day, the children replace the members of the Grand National Assembly and hold a special session to discuss children’s issues and even sign executive orders relating to educational or environmental policies. This day was recognized by UNICEF in 1979 as Children’s Day. Since then, many countries started to send groups of their children to join in the festivities representing their local culture and even attend the children’s Grand National Assembly.

April 23rd is not only celebrated nationwide as National Holiday in Turkey but also by tradition kids receive gifts in celebration of this day. As Bridge to Turkiye, every year, we organize a campaign to make this day extra special for school kids who live in underprivileged areas in Turkey; and as a result BTF 23NisanGifts4Kids have come to life.

To celebrate this special day, we put together some of our 4Kids sets to help children celebrate. Our sets are Art4Kids, Backpacks4Kids filled with school supplies, Books4Kids; kindergarten and elementary level story books, EducationalToys4Kids, and Math4Kids. With the support of our donors, we have already started having them sent to schools.

BTF 23NisanGifts4Kids Sets:

1. Art4Kids—Kindergarten and Elementary School Set $250

2. Backpacks4Kids—$15 Each Backpack with school supplies

3. Books4Kids—Kindergarten Set $200 and Elementary School Set $300

4. Educational Toys4Kids—Kindergarten Set $500

5. Math4Kids—Elementary Set $400

Would you like to join us in celebrating this special day by sending BTF 23NisanGifts4Kids sets to village schools? 

BTFBooks4Kids
BTFBooks4Kids
BTF Backpacks4Kids with school supplies inside
BTF Backpacks4Kids with school supplies inside
BTF EducationalToys4Kids
BTF EducationalToys4Kids
Picture of happiness...
Picture of happiness...
BTF Art4Kids
BTF Art4Kids
BTF Art4Kids
BTF Art4Kids
BTF Math4Kids
BTF Math4Kids

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A package filled with surprises for students...
A package filled with surprises for students...

"Teachers are the one and only people who save nations." -- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Dear Bridge to Turkiye Friend,

2021-22 School Year started fast and getting busy as the semester progresses. We are excited to let you know what we have accomplished together since our last report. This is all because of your support and generosity... We are thankful and grateful for being able to reach out to so many students and teachers yet again in another school year.

Before the Fall semester ends in Turkey, we have already sent 16 sets of art supplies, 280 backpacks with school supplies inside,  6 sets of kindergarten level picture books, 10 sets of elementary level story books, 3 sets of middle school level story books and novellas, 703 personal dictonaries (Turkish-English-English-Turkish), 10 sets of educational toys, 8 sets of math games, 10 sets of musical instruments, 14 sets of lab supplies for science classes. 

Thank you so much for your trust and generosity you have provided us to touch the lives of so many students and teachers over the years. With your support, we are hoping to reach as many schools as we could in the rest of 2021-2022 school year... 

We wish you Happy holidays and a wonderful New year with your loved ones:-)

Love from Bridge to Turkiye Volunteers

Dictinaries are awesome:-)
Dictinaries are awesome:-)
Gotta love math games:-)
Gotta love math games:-)
The road to school is exciting with new backpacks.
The road to school is exciting with new backpacks.
Love our new backpacks...
Love our new backpacks...
Books are wonderful:-)
Books are wonderful:-)
Toys bring happiness...
Toys bring happiness...
Music is the food of soul...
Music is the food of soul...
Science is the way...
Science is the way...
Thank you for our new art set:-)
Thank you for our new art set:-)

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"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others."

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Following a school year interrupted so many times due to  the Covid-19 pandemic, a new school year is starting in Turkey on September 6, 2021. Rural area teachers need our support more than ever in these challenging times. The importance of a good teacher in education of the next generation is described perfectly in the above quote by Ataturk, who is the founder of Turkish Republic and democracy in Turkey, rural area teachers do truly consume themselves to light the way for their students. Their job is hard but can be rewarding and inspiring if they are provided with classroom materials and if their students can start school with much needed school supplies. 

Let's just hope every student is happy, confident, excited and looking forward to a new semester. In rural and economically disadvantaged areas, it may not always be the case for all of the students. That is why Bridge to Turkiye Fund was established back in 2003 as a volunteer non-profit organization...That is why all the volunteers at BTF are collaborating with each other to reach those kids somewhere in Turkey who are as smart as their fortunate peers but do not have the resources to have their dreams come true...

In 2020-2021 school year, with your support, we sent  12 sets of kindergarten level story books (960 books) to twelve classrooms, 19 sets of books4kids, elementary level story books(2,565 books) to 19 classrooms, 589 school bags, 755 personal english-turkish-turkish-english dictionaries,14 sets of educational toys(420 pieces) to 14 classrooms, 16 sets of art4kids sets (5,440 pieces) to 16 classrooms, 28 science4kids sets(2856 pieces) to 28 classrooms, 24 music4kids sets(648 pieces) to 24 classrooms, 28 math4kids sets(2100 pieces) to 28 classrooms.

Thank you so much for all the support that you have given to these rural area students and their teachers over the years. Thank you for your trust in Bridge to Turkiye Fund.

We hope your support continues in this coming school year...

Have a healthy rest of the summer...

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April 23rd is celebrated as a holiday in Turkey as it is a National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Not only it is celebrated nationwide as National Holiday but also by tradition kids receive gifts in celebration of this day. BTF volunteers decided to start a campaign to make this day extra special for the school kids who live in underprivileged areas in Turkey; and as a result 23NisanGifts4Kids have come to life!

Covid-19 has affected school age children everywhere in the world and rural school students in Turkey have been dealing with more problems since remote education was not an option for many of them due to either lack of virtual education or their families simply cannot afford electronic devices.

School children were hit harder in rural areas during the pandemic, they need lifting up and be motivated more than ever. BTF volunteers and rural area school teachers are in constant communication via e-mail, phone conversations and whatsapp messages in order to better understand what they need most and to arrange the delivery of educational sets to schools.

We put together some of our 4Kids sets to help motivate the children after being away from school for so long. Our sets are Art4Kids, Backpacks4Kids filled with school supplies, Dictionaries4Kids, Kindergarten and Elementary level story books, EducationalToys4Kids, and Music4Kids. With the support of our donors, we already started having them sent to schools.

Below are the projects which we brought together to send to schools as 23NisanGifts4Kids:

Art4Kids — $250 Each Set (350 pieces of different arts and crafts supplies for a class)

Backbacks4Kids with school supplies— $15 Each (34 Pieces of different school supplies in each backpack)

Books4Kids — Kindergarten Set $200 (80 story picture books)

Books4Kids — Elementary Level Set $300 (135 story picture books)

 

Dictionaries4Kids — $3 Each (Turkish to English - English to Turkish)

Educational Toys4Kids — Kindergarten Set $500 (30 pieces of toys)

Music4Kids — $500 Each Set (64 pieces of different music and rhythm instruments for a class)

Thank you so much for investing in the education of rural school kids.

“When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world.” Shai Resef

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Dear Friends,   

For children in today’s world, tablets and computers are not only devices to be used to play games and then be put aside, but for rural village students, these devices are a gateway to the world.  They mean accessing "EDUCATION" which is one of the most basic of children's rights.

Access to education was already inherently difficult for socially disadvantaged children, but the pandemic has exacerbated this condition for those who do not have adequate access to technology. Without a computer at home, students who relied on school or university resources such as the library and school computers prior to shutdowns now encounter huge obstacles as they attempt to access online classes and exams.

With school closings and the transition to online education, we have received many tablet requests from elementary school teachers. We would like to share one teacher’s request with you.  Her name is Yeliz, and she teaches in a rural village in Kahramanmaras, Turkiye:

“I am a teacher in Village Karadut - it is thirty kilometers from the nearest district center. Our students do not have access to transportation. Families are farmers, engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. Being able to reach their teachers means being able to access their schools, and education itself.

Their current opportunities are not sufficient to access educational technologies in rural villages, and the socioeconomic level of families is not sufficient to buy tablets for their children to participate in distance learning.  Unfortunately, we only had two or three students attending our online classes, and these students struggled to access coursework using their parents’ phones, which didn’t last very long.

 Access to technology is not a luxury, but a necessity for our students to continue their education. Every child who can find internet and a device can access education even on the mountainside, giving them the capacity to catch up with children at their grade level. Watching an educational program, visiting an online exhibition, learning about a city through photos and videos, communicating with friends, and participating in an on-line event – all of this is possible with technology. These students can have a window to the world…..

 For all of these reasons, I would like to request tablets for thirty-two students enrolled in our school. I hope you will consider this request so that our children can participate in the distance education process and benefit from the opportunities of technology.”

The BTF Tablets4Kids and Laptops4Students projects aim to help these students that teacher Yeliz describes continue and complete their education despite social, financial, and gender-based disadvantages.

These are peculiar times calling for outstanding gifts…

This is why we are extending our campaign through Valentine’s Day to provide additional tablets to elementary school kids and laptops for university students.

Why not gift your Valentine with a donation to Tablets4Kids? Your Valentine is worth it!

Why not donate to Laptops4Students and be a university student’s Valentine?

Why not spread the word?

LOVE grows when we SHARE…..

 

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