Children
 Turkey
Project #9456

Send warm boots to needy students in Turkey

by Bridge to Turkiye Fund
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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
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
Boots4Kids Project
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Boots4Kids in Bitlis
Boots4Kids in Bitlis

Dear Friend,

As the summer days are getting shorter and shorter, and Fall is almost upon us; Boots4Kids team has already started to plan for the coming winter! Our goal is the same: warm feet, warmer smiles!

Our donor pool has been growing since you last heard from us and we're getting ready to send hundreds of boats, socks and possibly coats to the children who live in the eastern parts of Turkey, and who are in desperate need of winter clothing.

Next month we'll start contacting with our partners in Turkey; and will begin to build our strategy for this winter; and your generosity will define the scope of our project for 2015. Will we afford to support 1000 kids? How about 1500 of them? As you would remember, last year we reached out to more than 2000 children! This year, let's grow together! Let's reach out to 2500 kids! Or, maybe even to 3000! 

For $15 dollars you could support a child's winter shoe needs for the coming winter. For $600 you could become a sponsor for a whole elementary school in a rural village in Turkey.

We are halfway through reaching our $35K goal for this project. Please donate now, and let's make a change together!

 

With Gratitude,

- Hande

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Children from Sanliurfa
Children from Sanliurfa

Dear Friend,

2014 was an extremely successful year for our Boots for Kids project! For 2014, our initial goal was to deliver 1,500 pairs of boots to children in need… Instead, we’ve delivered more than 2,000 pairs of boots! 2,244 pairs of boots to be exact! In addition to these 2,244 pairs of boots, we have also delivered more than 1,000 coats to the children who had to cope with the extreme winter conditions in Turkey!

In 2014, our campaign has reached out to 40 schools in more than 10 cities. And, today, I would like to thank you for your continuing support because our success and our ever growing efforts would not have been possible if it was not for you... You, friend, have helped us to put a smile on a kid's face! So, today is your day to be proud and happy!

Today, as you look at the photos of the children who were part of our campaign in the last year; let’s remember what Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. So, let’s promise ourselves to make 2015 the year of giving back and social responsibility! Let's make a real difference to disadvantaged children and young people in communities across Turkey. There are thousands of children who will need support, so Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) will continue to raising funds to help give disadvantaged children in Turkey a safe and warm winter in 2015 and 2016. And, for $15 dollars you, too, could support a child... For $600 dollars you could buy winter boots for all needy students in a rural village elementary school.

Thank you for sharing our goal to make a change in children's lives and to keep their feer warm in the cold; and make their hearts even warmer.

Children from Mardin
Children from Mardin
 

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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
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