We have recently published our biennial activity report and we would like to share some numbers about our secondary school and high school scholarships of the past year.
In 2022-2023 school year, CYDD headquarters gave 9.090 scholarships to high school students; combined with 6.867 scholarships given by CYDD branches, the total is 15.196 scholarships. There are 898 male high school students in this total as we had to support from earthquake affected families their sons as well as their daughters. About 1800 scholarships were given to primary and secondary school children mostly from disaster stricken areas. The majority of high school scholarships are given to students from regular Anatolian High Schools and Science High Schools but about 1500 vocational school students also received scholarships.
For the school year 2023-2024 we are in the process of accepting new students in place of last year graduates.
We will continue with our “support to education” projects such as “Pebble Stones of Science”,“PERGEL Positive Adolescent Development Program” for age groups 10-14 and “Young Starfish” for age groups 14-18 and “From High school to University” for age groups 16-18.
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In our previous report we talked about the devastating effect of the earthquake in southeastern Turkey. CYDD was already supporting 3600 students from this region, half of whom were girls from high school.
Many other students living in this area had to leave their damaged homes and hometowns with their families and moved to temporary lodgings provided by the state or by their relatives in different towns. With this wave of internal migration, CYDD branches in other towns such as Mersin, Bursa, Konya,Ankara and Izmir were faced with a new demand for scholarships in March 2023.
We made a fast survey to confirm the needs of the applicants and accepted about 1000 girls as new scholarship students. We paid their monthly scholarships for 4 months till end June and provided some with Hometech notebooks so they could follow the education which become remote after the earthquake.Meanwhile with the rising inflation, cost of living has doubled and we have made a decision to double in Turkish liras the scholarships we will pay during the 2023-24 school year.
Many corporations and individuals offered us help to support these students at the aftermath of the earthquake. However the earthquake relief aids have now slowed down but we are under the obligation of supporting these students till their graduation and need your donations more than ever.
On February 6th, Turkey was shaken by two powerful earthquakes which destroyed 11 cities in southeastern Turkey where CYDD has 8 local branches and 3600 scholarship students. About 12.5 million people were affected and 3.5 million of these were children below age 14. Many families surviving the earthquake lost their houses and their personal belongings and had to move to other towns to stay with relatives or in temporary accommodation offered by municipalities, hotels, boarding houses.
High school education in the earthquake region was stopped until end March as many schools were destroyed but schools in other regions recommenced in a fortnight. The students who moved to other towns with their families started applying for support to CYDD branches in those towns.
We said we will help people heal their wounds and as our main focus is on education, we felt obliged to meet the new demand for scholarships from hundreds of students who have lost their homes, computers, books and personal belongings. We decided to give them scholarships until their graduation and also technological support.
An SMS campaign “We will heal wounds thru education” was started but we need your support now more than ever to reach as many girls as possible.
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