Children
 Turkey
Project #9456

Send warm boots to needy students in Turkey

by Bridge to Turkiye Fund
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New boots happy faces
New boots happy faces

Greetings from Bridge to Turkiye Fund,

Since our last report, fall semester has begun and we have been receiving letters from the teachers at village schools in Turkey.

So far 570 boots have been sent to 15 schools. In 2016-17 school year,  your support has had helped us warm little feet and hearts. This winter, group of small kids are smiling at a village school in rural Turkey because you, the donor chose to reach them...

As you know, Bridge to Turkiye Fund's Boots4kids project delivers boots to kids who are in need of financial aid. Your donations and ongoing support make this project possible. By the time you receive our letter, more kids will be delivered new boots as well as happiness... More kids will be smiling somewehere in a small village in Turkey... New boots not only warm little feet and hearts but it also removes one more obstacle in students' effort to continue their education and give them self esteem. Our students in rural areas usually walk miles to school every day. Their families cannot afford to get winter boots and coats for their kids. In winter, by the time students reach school, their little feet and hands are already too cold to do anything in class. We receive hearbreaking letters from our teachers quite often...Below is one of the letters written by teacher Elif :

 "We had another snow storm yesterday. By the time my students came to school, their hands were ice cold and some students were crying because their little hands and feet were hurting. They all gathered around the wood burning stove that we have in our class to get warm. I was telling them not to burn their hands by getting too close to the stove. On days like this, I feel so helpless... I want to help my students get a good education and make them dream a better future but if I cannot help them with their basic needs I don't know how I am  going to be able to teach them reading, math and social sciences...I heard from one of my colleagues in another part of Turkey that your organization sends boots, coats, hats, gloves and scarves to village schools. We would be grateful if you could help our school as well..."

We communicated with her and told her that help is on the way. We delivered 30  boots, coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to these students as well as happiness and received a heartwarming letter from the teacher. As volunteers, her heart warming letter and photos of happy students were our prize that day like any other day at Bridge to Turkiye Fund...

In the coming months and years, we would like to continue delivering happiness and hope to more school kids in Turkey. We are counting on you to make our dream come true...

Thank you for allowing us to make kids happy and give them hope...

Thank you for your support and dedication to this project...

Happy holidays and a new year...

Warm boots warmer smiles
Warm boots warmer smiles
Yetkinler Village School students got new boots
Yetkinler Village School students got new boots
Gultepe students ready for winter
Gultepe students ready for winter
Feeling warm:-)
Feeling warm:-)

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Catkale Elemantary School kids warm and happy...
Catkale Elemantary School kids warm and happy...

In 2015-2016 school year, you warmed little feet and hearts and delivered happiness to less fortunate school kids in Turkey.  With the support and generosity of our donors like you, Bridge to Turkiye Fund delivered 1602 boots and 1568 sneakers to underprivileged kids in Turkey.  We reached to 60 village schools that are in need and sent 3,170 pairs of shoe-wear.

One of our teachers has a message for you:

"I am not sure where to start. Today, I received boots sent by Bridge to Turkiye Fund and delivered them to my students. Thank you!  I am grateful for people like you, I am grateful for people who made it happen. Everyone here, the driver, the post office people, the students, the parents are grateful for people like you... Most importantly, today, I saw happiness in my students' eyes which will stay with me forever. Thank you so much..."

This message is from one of our donors:

"Wonderful to know that every dollar we donate goes where we intend to go: To the children who are in need and given the chance they will be as succesfull as their more fortunate peers. Thank you for making it possible for us to make these kids happy, warm and hopeful... "

Our donors motivate us with their generosity and continued support, our teachers give us hope with their dedication and selfless work, our students make us happy and lighten our lives with their happy faces and kind words everytime they reach us...

2016-2017 School year in Turkey is starting on September 19 Monday. 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. We have already contacted our providers in Turkey and the new boots will be ready to warm feet and will continue to deliver happiness again. For $15 dollars you could support a child's winter shoe needs for the coming winter. Will you join us again in our efforts to make life better for these kids?

Agri-Eleskirt Goncali students got new boots.
Agri-Eleskirt Goncali students got new boots.
Seydibeyi Elementary School
Seydibeyi Elementary School
Agri Eleskirt Goncali School Kids
Agri Eleskirt Goncali School Kids
Warm feet warm hearts...
Warm feet warm hearts...
Karatoklu School Kids got their new boots...
Karatoklu School Kids got their new boots...
Warm kids warm smiles...
Warm kids warm smiles...

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Boots4Kids Delivers Happiness
Boots4Kids Delivers Happiness

2015 was another succesful year for bringing happiness to village school kids in Turkey. How did Bridge to Turkiye Fund achieve this? By delivering 1602 boots and 1568 sneakers to underprivileged kids in Turkey. We reached to 60 village schools in total.

Since our last report, we kicked off a new campaign in April to send sneakers to underprivileged school kids in Turkey as 23NisanGifts. 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 Sneakers4Kids have come to life!

Sneakers4Kids has been widely popular among BTF volunteers as such that donors and all the circles raised the needed funds in a week (a pair of new sneakers including tax and delivery is only $10) Our campaign has reached to 27 village schools and we sent 1568 sneakers to underprivileged kids in Turkey.

With two projects combined, this year BTF has delivered 3,170 pairs of shoe-wear to the kids that are in need in Turkey.

One of our teachers sent us a letter after his students got their new sneakers. We would like to share this heartfelt letter with you:

"Today, we received 23 Nisan sneakers that are sent to our kids by BTF and delivered them to the students in class.They were all so very happy. One of our students took off his and put them in their original bag because he did not want them to get dirty. Some of our students were dancing in class because they were extremly happy. Each of our students are saying thanks to BTF. We thank everybody at BTF and send our love to everybody who helped with this project." Adem Coban, Kerem Sahin Elementary School.

Our teachers and students motivate us everytime they reach us with their generous words and warm hearts. We work to make their dream come true! And, every day we are pushing boundaries to reach out to more kids who are less fortunate but deserve a chance. Together, we can make it happen! Together we can deliver happiness! Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Ortakoy Elementary School Kids
Ortakoy Elementary School Kids
Boyaci Village School students
Boyaci Village School students
Boyaci Village School kid got his new sneakers
Boyaci Village School kid got his new sneakers
Gunyurdu School Kids happy with new sneakers
Gunyurdu School Kids happy with new sneakers
Esentepe Kindergarten Students
Esentepe Kindergarten Students

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Kids from Mus Village School
Kids from Mus Village School

We usually get asked about our criteria when choosing the schools which we plan to help. Our process is pretty simple actually: teachers submit their application forms with their letters summarizing their school, students and their needs. Once the applications are in our project leaders evaluate the needs and immediately start taking action. The rest is easy: we just deliver happiness.

This year one of these applications came from a teacher from a small village school in Mus. Her name was Teacher Esra… We had received her submission in last December…

“Today is the 3rd of December… And, I am writing you after another heavy snowstorm which covered the whole city in almost blinding white…

Couple of days ago after another snowstorm and a pretty long and tough commute to my school, two teary eyes welcomed me to my classroom, where I teach preschool students for the last three years… My student was crying inconsolably and when I asked her what was going on instead of replying back to me she just showed me her hands… Her hands were cold, almost blue, even purplish… “It was really cold when I was walking to school,” she said between her tears. I could not say anything… I could not find the right words… I just held her little hands in my own hands and kept them there until they felt warmer. Even, now, when I am writing this letter to you I cannot help myself from crying… That moment was one of the few moments in my life when I felt so helpless. Really helpless… But then I decided to find a way to help my students and I eventually learned about your organization… My only hope is that for you to help my students and invest in their future and happiness. Be a hope for them, won’t you?”

And, then after delivering 52 pair of boots, 52 coats, 52 beanies and gloves, 52 school bags and 1 set of children books we received a second letter from Teacher Esra…

“Dear Bridge to Turkiye Fund Boston Circle Volunteers and Supporters,

I cannot begin to thank you enough for hearing my voice and for your kind gifts for my students… For the last three years this school and its students have become everything to me. These kids have become my family, and I would do anything for them or at least I dream of doing anything for them. But, life is not always easy and I knew I needed a partner to fulfill my students’ dreams... That’s why I believe our paths crossed!

I always have loved this quote from Paulo Coelho “a child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” For the last three years, my students have taught me a lot… They’ve taught me about who I am, who I want to be and who I want to become as a teacher… Now, their happiness I my happiness. They are my only occupation. That’s the reason why I had reached out to you; and thankfully you heard my voice!

When I was distributing the gifts from BTF one of my students looked at me with his big happy eyes and said “Teacher Esra, this is one of the happiest days in my life. Actually, I am so happy that I think I am going to faint.” That was one of the happiest moments in my life, too. And, I will never forget his happy face, his smiling eyes! So, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for proving my students that someone was caring about them; that they were not alone and that their voices were heard by someone. I will always remember our friends from Boston and how they made my students’ dreams come true. So, from the bottom of my heart: thank you.”

This letter from Teacher Esra is the reason why we continue with Boots4Kids project. This is why we are motivated to reach out to more schools, teachers and students with each passing year. This is why in 2016 so far we have delivered close to 500 pair of boots and coats to 14 different schools in 8 different cities… This is why your continuous support means a world for this project. So, from the bottom our hearts, and quoting from Teacher Esra: Thank you. Thank you.

Teacher Esra
Teacher Esra
Teacher Esra with her students
Teacher Esra with her students
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
As you know, Bridge to Turkiye Fund's Warm Boots4kids project supplies boots to the financially challenged kids in the rural parts of Turkey; and your donations make this project possible. The brand new boots do more than just keep these children’s feet safe and warm but also help to warm their hearts and boost their self-esteem. Many economically challenged families can not afford to buy shoes for their kids and these children go to school with whatever they can find to wear. Boots4kids’ mission is to give these children access to a pair of warm shoes that will protect them from the cold winter weather.
We have already kicked off the project for 2016! We are actively receiving the requests from the village schools in Turkey and partnering with local partners to deliver the boots to the children in need. A pair of boots costs an average of $15 and make children smile.
So far we have delivered 288 pairs of boots to six schools in Agri, Mus and Bingol, all eastern cities in Turkey. Last year we sent 2400 pairs of boots to children; and this year we are planning to exceed last year's number. How does 3000 pairs of boots sound for 2016? 
Every $15 you contribute to this project will warm up two little feet and a little heart.  
Thank you very much for your continued support. 
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
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Bridge to Turkiye Fund

Location: Cary, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.bridgetoturkiye.org
Project Leader:
Sibel Karakus
Cary, NC United States
$21,252 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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