Thank you again for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund. Since the earthquake in October 2011, your donations have supported long-term disaster relief and economic recovery for families in Van, Turkey. This month, funds from the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund went to Turkish Philanthropy Funds, which has been actively distributing grants to projects providing assistance in Van. Those grants are decided based on the following criteria: implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength, and transparency.
Kizilay, the Turkish Red Crescent Society, is one organization that has been able to extend its services further as a result of these donations. With grants from Turkish Philanthropy Funds, Kizilay was able to provide 15 container houses for victims in Van, Turkey. These container houses are complete with electricity, running water, and cooking facilities.
ACEV (Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi) provides childhood and adult education programs in Turkey. With support from Turkish Philanthropy Funds, ACEV is building a Family Rehabilitation Center in Hüsrevpaa Container City, which has about 6,000 inhabitants currently living in prefabricated buildings. The Family Rehabilitation Center is a prefabricated building that will have counseling rooms, two group rooms, a psychiatrist room, and one kids’ room. The Center will provide mobile outreach services as well.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds has approved grants to KA-MER Vakfi (Women Center Foundation) and to Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi, (Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work). These projects support women’s realization of their full human and economic rights by supporting the mental health of women and by providing education and job training programs to support economic stimulation in Van following the earthquake. KA-MER will establish a prefabricated women’s center that will provide sewing workshops, daycare, and counseling services. Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi will establish an additional women’s center with the support of a grant from Turkish Philanthropy Funds and your donations.
As you know, disaster recovery efforts linger long after an earthquake’s aftershocks have faded away. The organizations described above have demonstrated a lasting dedication to the physical, emotional, and economic recovery of the population of Van, Turkey. Thank you again for your generous donation in support of the people of Van through the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund.
Mattie & the GlobalGiving Team