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
Students sending their love and happiness to you..
Students sending their love and happiness to you..

Summer break is starting in Turkey on Friday, June 8th. Thank you  so much for all the support that you have given to our projects in 2017-2018 school year. We feel lucky to have been able to touch the lives of many students and teachers and change their lives for the better...

We would like to share the stories of some of the teachers that you supported with your generous donations through BTF in 2017-18 school year:

"Thank you so much for sending my students these brand new sneakers for our Children's Celebration Day on 23rd of April. I would like to tell you what my students said and asked me: Ogretmenim(my teacher in Turkish), we are all living under the same sky...If we go outside and look up in the sky and smile, would the generous people who send us these gifts be able to see our happiness? I was so surprised and moved by their way of thinking of my students and said yes they would..Let's go outside and smile by looking up in the sky. That is what we did and my students sent innocent smiles and happiness back to you. Thank you so much for your generosity and kind heart...With our gratitude and love..Mustafa Ogretmen."

"Hello Bridge to Turkiye, we have received backpacks, dictionaries and sneakers this week and delivered them to our students in class. It was priceless for me to witness the happiness of my students..It is also a privilege for me to have met you and to witness the happiness of my students. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...I sent you the photos that shows the joy of my students when they opened their gifts...I tried to capture the happiness of one of my students and so wished that you were here with me to share their excitement, happiness and joy..They were asking me if they could bring their backpacks and shoes home to show them to their mothers. I told them about you, the BTF volunteers and the importance of sharing and caring for others...They are too young now to understand...However, I am sure they will remember what I meant in the future and appreciate it and be grateful...Thank you so much again for making us feel privileged and happy...With all my love, Ozlem ogretmen..."

"Dear Bridge to Turkiye Fund, the books and educational toys that you sent to our kindergarten class are well loved and used by our students. They are looking forward to coming to school now and they are not missing school anymore. Once they start playing with the toys and reading the books, it is hard for them to leave the school. Thank you all so much for all the support, encouragement and love that you are sending us...Mehmet Ogretmen"

These are some of our teachers who wrote to us when they received their gifts from you for their students. There are many more teachers and students like them who share their students' happiness by writing back to us after they receive their gifts...Wish we could share them all with you to show you your impact since they are all so inspiring and full of hope and gratitude...You are changing lives and giving hope where it is most needed...

The rural area teachers need a lot more support and school supplies to educate and motivate their students. With your continued support, we are hoping to reach as many teachers and students as we could in 2018-2019 school year...

Have a great summer...

Love from Bridge to Turkiye Volunteers

Happiness in colors...
Happiness in colors...
Thank you dear donor for all the support...
Thank you dear donor for all the support...
Did you see my new backpack?
Did you see my new backpack?
I just love books:-)
I just love books:-)
Our new books are amazing, thank you:-)
Our new books are amazing, thank you:-)
See our new toys:-)
See our new toys:-)
Look at our new dictionaries from BTF:-)
Look at our new dictionaries from BTF:-)

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"The colors of the world will never disappear as long as people like you exist" a rural student wrote to us when his class of 15 students received new winter boots, coats and school bags...Receiving such meaningful letters from students and teachers give us one more reason to keep doing what we are doing at Bridge to Turkiye Fund..

From the begining of this school year, we had sent 1059 coats and 978 boots to rural students in 21 village schools..Every school year, during winter, we try to reach as many students as possible through our Boots4Kids and Coats4kids campaigns. Thanks to our generous donors like you, we  manage to deliver warmth and happiness to hundreds of rural students every winter...

As BTF, we have other projects that we merged under 4Kids Programs. Going forward, we decided to carry some of our 4Kids Programs to GlobalGiving platform to combine them with Boots4Kids&Sneakers4Kids projects. These projects are SchoolBags4Kids, Books4Kids, Dictionaries4Kids and EducationalToys4Kids. Other projects will follow them in the future...

Since the begining of 2017-2018 school year, we had sent 31 sets of elementary level story books to 31 schools,10 sets of kindergarten level books to 10 schools, 12 sets of educational toys to 12 schools, 2382 English-Turkish dictionaries to 18 schools, 1034 school bags to 19 schools as well as boots and coats... Our Kindergarten book set has 80 picture books and elementary level book set has 135 picture books from Turkish and World literature. The aim of Books4Kids project is to improve reading level of students and help them introduce different worlds, ideas and characters. Schoolbags4Kids filled with school supplies lift their spirit and give them confidence. EducationalToys4Kids project help kindergarteners gain motor skills and problem solving skills as well as helping them use their imagination.

In this school year with six projects combined, BTF has delivered much needed educational materials to more than 1000 students in 42 schools in rural Turkey as well as happiness and hope...

With your support and generosity, we are planning on reaching more students and enriching the lives of as many kids as possible in the coming months...

As one of the teachers put it  "You make life worth living and the world a better place..."

Thanks a million for your generosity and trust in us...

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Happy Holidays:-)
Happy Holidays:-)

Greetings from Bridge to Turkiye Fund,

Boots4Kids project continues to deliver happiness and warmth during this holiday season...

You made happiness and warmth possible for these kids with your continued support of Boots4Kids Project. Thank you from the bottom of our heart...

In 2017-18 School year, we are happy to report that, 890 boots have been sent to 18 village schools in Turkey and 890 grateful school kids are running to their schools in their warm boots....

Our Boots4Kids and Sneakers4Kids projects deliver boots in winter and sneakers in spring to kids who are in need of financial aid. Your donations and ongoing support make these project possible. By the time you receive our letter, more kids will be delivered new boots as well as happiness and hope... More kids will be smiling in villages in Turkey... New boots not only warm little feet and hearts but they also give them self esteem and self confidence... Most of these students in rural areas usually walk miles to school every day. Their families are not able to afford winter boots and coats for their kids. By the time these students reach school, their little feet and hands are already too cold to hold anything in class. Teachers  go through heartbreaking time in these villages and when they hear from us, they also become hopeful and motivated to do more for these kids...That is why your donations are so vital for them...

We would very much like to continue delivering hope, happiness and warmth to more school kids and their teachers... We are counting on you to make their hopes and dreams come true...

Thank you for allowing us to deliver happiness, hope and warmth to village school kids and their teachers in this holiday season...

Thank you Global Giving for making it possible to reach our donors...

Happy Holidays and love from Bridge to Turkiye volunteers...

Thank you dear donor...
Thank you dear donor...
Look what I have:-)
Look what I have:-)
Ready for winter....
Ready for winter....
Love my new boots:-)
Love my new boots:-)
Happy and warm in our new boots:-)
Happy and warm in our new boots:-)
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Warm kids warmer smiles...
Warm kids warmer smiles...

Greetings from Bridge to Turkiye Fund,

Thank you from the bottom of our heart, the school kids that you supported last year were off to a good start...You not only warmed little feet but you also warmed little hearts by making them realize that some people on the other side of the world are thinking about them and care about them to send boots in winter and sneakers in spring...You not only made them warm and happy but you also gave them self confidence...In this new school year, new students and their teachers are looking forward to hearing from you again...

2017-2018 School year in Turkey is starting on September 18, 2017. Since our last report, the volunteers at Bridge to Turkiye Fund are getting ready to send new boots to schools starting in the end of October.

Last year, BTF has delivered 3,042 pairs of shoe-wear to school kids in Turkey. With your continued support, we are planning on sending new winter boots to our students who are not as fortunate as some of their their peers. We have contacted our partners in Turkey. The new boots will be ready to warm feet and will continue to deliver happiness again...We are already receiving letters from our teachers and looking forward to delivering winter boots to our students...We are counting on your continued support...

For $15 dollars you could support a child's winter shoe need for the coming winter. Will you join us again in our efforts to deliver happiness and give hope?

Time to celebrate...
Time to celebrate...
Greetings from happy kids...
Greetings from happy kids...
New sneakers are the reson for happy smiles...
New sneakers are the reson for happy smiles...
Look at my new shoes:-)
Look at my new shoes:-)
Warm kids warmer smiles...
Warm kids warmer smiles...

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Happiness arrives in packages...
Happiness arrives in packages...

Greetings from  Bridge to Turkiye Fund

Hope and celebration may arrive in different forms in different parts of the world... In cold weather, they arrived as winter boots and in spring, they arrived as colorful sneakers at village schools in Turkey...

April 2017 is BTF's second season for sending sneakers and fifth season for sending winter boots to underprivileged school kids in Turkey. This past winter we sent 1177 boots to 30 village schools. With your support last year, volunteers at BTF managed to send 1,568 sneakers to 30 schools. This year, with your increased support, we increased the numbers. We sent 1,865 sneakers to 36 village schools as part of our 23NisanGifts4kids project. As we had explained in our report last year, we sent sneakers to underprivileged schools in Turkey as 23NisanGifts.  April 23rd is a national holiday in Turkey as it is a National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. It is celebrated nationwide and by tradition kids receive gifts in celebration of this day. BTF volunteers decided to start a campaign last year for the first time to make this day extra special for the school kids who live in underprivileged areas. It became widely successful among donors and volunteers... As a result of this campaign, Sneakers4Kids came to life and this year we renamed it as 23NisanGifts4Kids. We combined Boots4Kids and Sneakers4Kids projects on GlobalGiving platform and participated in Little by Little campaign.Two projects together are part of our ongoing campaigns at BTF to reach underprivileged school kids.

With two projects combined, this year BTF has delivered 3,042 pairs of shoe-wear to the kids who are in need in Turkey.

 We received letters from teachers which are full of gratitude and we received photos of children who are looking happy and hopeful...We thank you from the bottom of our heart for creating such an impact in the lives of so many young children who have otherwise no means of having new winter boots or new sneakers as their families cannot afford such items for their children...

Our donors like you are the reason for those village schools kids in Turkey to be hopeful and happy...You are the reason for them to celebrate 23 Nisan as hopeful, self confident kids because they feel that somewhere in the world there are people like you love them, value them and remember them to send gifts...

We are looking forward to send you an update about what we are planning for new school year in September 2017...

Have a wonderful summer...

Thank you for a warm winter...
Thank you for a warm winter...
Happiness in many colors...
Happiness in many colors...
23NisanGifts4Kids delivers hope...
23NisanGifts4Kids delivers hope...
Warm smiles tell a good story...
Warm smiles tell a good story...
A pair of new sneakers means happiness...
A pair of new sneakers means happiness...

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Bridge to Turkiye Fund

Location: Cary, NC - USA
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Vicdan Akyurek
Cary, NC United States
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