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

Dear Friends,

We hope your Thanksgiving Day was spent happily and healthy with your loved ones.

2020 has been a very unusual and difficult year for all of us due to the pandemic regardless of geography. The pandemic has greatly affected our teachers and students in cities and rural areas of Turkey. Please join us on December 1st, Giving Tuesday, in supporting students throughout the 2020–21 school year and enabling teachers to create meaningful experiences for them in the classroom.

BTF 4 Kids Educational Projects support students’ learning in the classroom, improve teacher effectiveness, and empower the students to get an education.

1. Arts4Kids — Kindergarten and Elementary School Set $250
Creating art has positive effects on children specially on early education. Arts4Kids set includes all kinds of arts and crafts supplies such as papers, glues, paints, pompoms, scissors, play dough… The preschool and kindergarten years are the stages when children develop their mental, social, emotional, physical, and nervous systems. Art4Kids set provides much needed art supplies for students to practice art in their classrooms.

2. Backpacks4Kids — $15 each Backpack
Backpacks4Kids provide backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary school students at the beginning of each school year. Having their own backpacks full of school supplies will boost students’ self-esteem and will make them take ownership of their own supplies. From day one, students will be ready for school.

3. Books4Kids — Kindergarten Set $200 and Elementary School Set $300
BTF Books4Kids sets include 135 story books for elementary school students, and 80 story books for kindergarten students. Daily reading helps improve student success, increase fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar while nurturing creativity, critical thinking as well as challenging students to be better readers…

4. Dictionaries4Kids — $3 each Dictionary
Learning another language will expand children’s vision of the world through language. Dictionaries4Kids provide personal dictionaries to students who are eager to learn another language and are passionate to know about other cultures.

5. Educational Toys4Kids — Kindergarten Set $500
Educational Toys4Kids set encourages curiosity and creativity in kindergarten classes. Having these toys available in classrooms help children learn different life skills. They learn to socialize, acquire problem-solving skills, and have fun at the same time. Moreover, making education enjoyable will help children retain the things they learn and develop a positive attitude toward learning.

6. Gifts4Kids — $15 each Gift
Gifts4Kids provide individualized personal support to socio-economically disadvantaged students at home. A BTF Gifts4Kids set includes educational supplies and personalized gifts such as books, crayons, a teddy bear friend, hat, string bag as well as toothpaste, toothbrush, and personal flask for their health. These gifts not only satisfy practical hygiene needs but they remind students that they are cared of, supported, and loved.

7. Health4Kids — Make A Wish Turkiye: Priceless
Health is very important, especially for the most vulnerable, and one moment can change everything! BTF’s Health4Kids program is a collaborative effort with Make A Wish Türkiye that aims to provide children with life-threatening illnesses with renewed strength they need to keep fighting. Just the act of making their wishes come true can give these children the courage to follow through with their medical treatments, and parents the extra strength to continue looking after them. Together, we can help make more wishes come true for children and bringing families closer together.

8. Math4Kids — Elementary and Jr. High School Set $400
Developing math skills is important at early stages in life. Finding playful and engaging ways to teach math skills to children is crucial to make math easy and fun for them. Math4Kids sets provide instruments, visuals, and games that nurture the love of math and encourages students to cooperative learning while improving interpersonal skills as team players and problem-solvers.

9. Music4Kids — Elementary and Middle Schools Sets $500
Music4Kids sets create and support opportunities for music education in elementary and middle schools in Turkey via rhythm and percussion, keyboard, string, and wind instruments. Music is the foundation of a meaningful and effective education for children. In addition to develop and reveal students’ musical abilities and create happiness, playing musical instruments also improve their creativity, analytical thinking, problem solving, self-esteem, exploration, coordination, and concentration.

10. Science4Kids — Elementary School Set $600 and Middle School Set $800
Science4Kids sets provide experimental learning in fields ranging from biology and ecology to the solar system and all other exciting scientific fields. Science4Students sets provide 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.

11. Tech4Kids — Custom Projects
I. Laptops4Students
II. Tablets4Kids
III. Robotics4Kids
IV. Projectors4Classrooms
V. Printers4Classrooms

Your support ensures we have the resources to connect students with the supplies they need to succeed in today’s world.

Together, we can support rural classrooms with educational supplies they need, and help teachers create a bright future for their students.

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“Don’t allow circumstance to hold you back- even negative ones. You don’t have to let your circumstances define you. You can define yourself, and the best way to find yourself is through education.” — Mary Hatwood Futrell

 

This year has been an unforgettable year for all of us. Children, teachers and families were affected by the closure of schools and the transition to long-distance education, due to Covid19, and devastating earthquakes in Turkey. With your generous support, Bridge to Turkiye continued to deliver our love and support to children and educators coping with new circumstances and educational paths.

  

Education is one of the greatest gift for children’s lives. Every child has the right to get an education. Good quality education helps children find and achieve their goals. BTF 4Kids Projects aim to make a difference in the lives of rural area students by investing in their education. Our gifts support students in their learning, improve teacher effectiveness and empower the students.

 

In 2019 - 2020 school year, we sent 5,265 elementary level story books, 2,080 kindergarten level books, 1,785 English-Turkish-Turkish-English dictionaries, 300 English story books, 487 school bags, 39 sets of educational toys, 24 sets of Music4Kids, 21 sets of Science4Kids sets, 26 sets of Arts4Kids, 38 sets of Math4Kids, 21 sets of 23 NisanGifts4Kids, 1 projector, 5 robotics kits, 26 computers and 2,000 care packages for stay home students in Turkey.

 

We are very grateful to our GlobalGiving donors who continue to support us so generously. Your support propels our 4Kids projects forward so we can do more than just get kids in the classroom. We can empower them for a brighter future. Equipped with essential life skills and literacy, they can grow into adults that earn higher wages, educate their own children, and have a voice in their community.

 

It's always with great joy that we share information on our work.  Stay safe and healthy!

 

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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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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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Toys are fun
Toys are fun

Dear BTF friend,

With your unwavering support, Bridge to Turkiye Fund continues to reach out to teachers and students in rural Turkey. Since the beginning of September 2019, we have sent backpacks with school supplies, books, art supplies, educational toys and dictionaries to schools. As you know, these are much needed products for school kids and great help for teachers to educate and motivate students...

In rural schools, every pencil is more valuable than you know, every book is more meaningful than you can imagine, every backpack gives more hope than you expect, every toy creates more happiness than you know, every dictionary motivates more than you think...Everything that we take for granted paves the way for educating and empowering rural school students...

Since the beginning of September, we have sent 14 sets of books and 6 sets of educational toys, 410 school bags, 350 dictionaries to different schools in Turkey. In the coming months, we will continue to reach out with our science4kids, math4kids and music4kids projects...

We are grateful for the support you have provided to transform the lives of so many students and teachers...Still many more of them are awaiting to receive much needed supplies...With your continued support, we are hoping to reach as many teachers and students as we could in 2019-2020 school year...

As always, thank you so much for allowing us to touch the lives of so many students and teachers in Turkey...

We wish you Happy holidays and a New year:-)

I am creating a map:-)
I am creating a map:-)
Words have meaning now
Words have meaning now
New backpacks are wonderful:-)
New backpacks are wonderful:-)
Books mean happiness:-)
Books mean happiness:-)
Art supplies are amazing:-)
Art supplies are amazing:-)
Art is amazing:-)
Art is amazing:-)

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