By Guldal Ebeoglu | Project Division CYDD Headquarters
CYDD University students receive their laptops
Since the beginning of the pandemic, computers have become an essential need for all students. For almost two years students who did not have computers at home had to continue distance education with TV broadcasts or with smart phones. Sometimes they had to share the one smart phone of the family with their siblings to follow schoolwork.
CYDD immediately started campaigns to raise funds to purchase computers for its scholarship students and later started its own on-line free learning programs for the students who were given computers.
After the pandemic was over and schools reopened came the devastating earthquake of Feb 6,2023. Computers were buried under the earthquake rubble and many schools in the region again started distance learning. The need for technological support escalated again and CYDD started new campaigns to help its scholarship students.
In 2023, CYDD purchased and distributed 300 laptops computers to its university students and 500 hometech computers to its high school scholarship students.
In 2024, 300 laptops were purchased recently to be distributed to new university students but the demand is much higher and we need your valuable contributions as always.
CYDD Altinova branch student
Hometech computer for CYDD Altinova branch student
Another school year began and we started to accept scholarship applications. At the beginning of each school year when we accept new scholarship students in their first year of secondary school (5th grade) and new students starting high school (9th grade) , we try to give them notebook computers. Priority is given to students taking part in on-line educational seminars “Pebbles of Science” for secondary school and “Young Starfish” for high schools.
We also give laptop computers to university scholarship students so they can follow free on-line CYDD English language courses and also use them for their studies.
We buy both notebook and laptop computers to be given to new scholarship students whenever we receive donations. We also pay for the students’ internet access either through landlines or hotspot data cards for their telephones in areas where there is no internet infrastructure.
So there is an ever increasing need for your support. We thank you for your donation and look forward to its continuation.
Cukurova Branch main hub of CYDD earthquake relief
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. Many CYDD scholarship students who were in the region and survived the earthquake could not enter their damaged homes and in the coming months, the heavily damaged houses were demolished with all the furniture and personal belongings inside.
In the days following the earthquake, CYDD branches contacted their scholarship students in the region to assess their needs and sent them right away 1000tl cash for immediate relief. As schools were closed in the region and universities all over the country started once again on-line education, the need for laptop computers was urgent. We tried to buy laptops as donations came and gave new laptops to 214 students who had left theirs under the rubble of their houses..
We still have many students waiting for new computers and hope to supply them all with your support.
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