We have some fantastic news for you all! Through your generous donations, Yuzuncu Yil University in Van had an opening ceremony for a 192 student capacity dorm on November 9th, 2012. The newly built girls’ dorm has 48 rooms, 4 beds and 1 bath in each room, and study rooms for the girls to work in a quiet space. This is a major turning point in the area because women and girls in eastern Turkey are commonly not given the chance to succeed. They make up a low portion of the workforce and tend to obtain far lower levels of education than men and boys. However with this new dorm, the girls that live there will become role models for their families, friends and peers. They have been provided with an environment that will allow them to achieve their goals and thrive in their communities.
The city of Van was already struggling with harsh economic conditions before the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck. Yet with this devastation came opportunity. Before the earthquake, Yuzuncu Yil only had the capacity to house 2,800 students in dorms out of a total of 24,000. Now that the girls’ dorm has been completed, efforts have switched to providing 14,000 more students a dorm. Thus the fundraising continues! It is so amazing to see the transition from emergency response and relief to long term recovery efforts. All of this would not have been possible without your support! Any amount donated has and will make a difference in a student’s life. Thank you again GlobalGivers! Your donations are truly helping to make our world a better place.
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