Help build dorms in Van, Turkey for 192 students

by Turkish Philanthropy Funds
Jul 30, 2012

Van, Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund

Van Women
Van Women's Foundation : art therapy project

Van is a city that was already dealing with hard economic conditions before the earthquake. The region's recovery will not be swift. With this in mind, Turkish Philanthropy Funds has been working to gauge the long-term needs of those affected by the disaster with the goal of supporting projects that will contribute to longer term recovery and re-building of the communities. TPF has raised $323,075 to-date to help with the city's relief and rebuilding efforts. TPF team held direct meetings with key organizations in Turkey in November 2011 to identify projects that will respond to immediate needs as well as have longer-term impact. Our selection criteria have been, implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength and transparency. Van Earthquake Relief Fund recipients are as follows:


KIZILAY (Turkiye Kizilay Dernegi - Turkish Red Crescent Society)  teams wasted no time in responding to the earthquake. They were on the scene within 2 hours after the first rumbles. The relief items have been deployed from the logistics centers of KIZILAY spread all over Turkey. One hundred one KIZILAY staff and dozens of KIZILAY Volunteers are still working in the disaster area in order to meet the needs of the victims. With support from TPF, KIZILAY provided 15 container houses, with running water, bath, electricity, cooking facility, etc.  to the victims. With additional funds coming in earmarked for KIZILAY, we will send a second grant to the organization in the coming days.

Grant Amount: $91,500

Turk Egitim Vakfi (TEV) :
 Through this project TPF will help in building a prefabricated classroom at VAN Muradiye Cumhuriyet Elementary School. This project has an expected completion date of Sept. 2012.
Grant Amount: $33,000


ACEV (Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi - Mother Child Education Foundation) serves communities in need with carefully designed early childhood and adult education programs in Turkey. The organization not only provides an alternative education model to those who do not have access to formal education but also supports existing preschool activities, and develops programs that strengthen the relationship between school and family. ACEV was one of the first organizations out-of-town that responded to the earthquake in Van. TPF support will contribute to ACEV's efforts in building a Family Rehabilitation Center. The goal is to provide long-term solution to the needs of the families in Van.

The Center is located in Hüsrevpaa Container City, which is inhabited by 6,000 people in 1,121 containers. The Center is constructed as a prefabricated building that is 280 square meter with 5 counseling rooms, 1 psychiatrist room, 2 group rooms and 1 kids' room.

The center's services for earthquake victims that live in the container city are accompanied by mobile services for victims who are living out of the container city. The mobile team is responsible for assessing the needs, directing people in need to the center, and implementing basic training programs in different regions of Van city.
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CYDD (Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi - Association For The Support Of Contemporary Living) aims to contribute to the formation of a contemporary society in Turkey through education. CYDD provides scholarships to students in Van. So far, nine girls have been given scholarships for education. With support from TPF, CYDD has competed the build of a prefabricated building for educational activities on the campus of Van Yuzuncu Yil University. The urgency of the need was a critical factor in TPF's determination.
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AKUT Search and Rescue Association (AKUT Arama Kurtarma Dernegi), initially designed for mountaineering search and rescue, became well known for its rapid, organized response to the Marmara quake in 1999, an effort that saved hundreds of lives and showed that AKUT's disciplined approach to citizen volunteering was effective across a broad range of terrains. AKUT's response to the October 2011 Van earthquake has also been remarkable. TPF has helped AKUT purchase 2 Searchcam 3000 Kit 1 Color and 2 Delsar 6 sensors, This equipment is used during search and rescue efforts and help to detect and locate live victims trapped and communicate with them.
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HADD (Hisar Anadolu Destekleme Dernegi - Hisar Anatolian Support Society) aims to educate young women of displaced families in Eastern Turkey.  HADD activities to date have been focused mainly in the city of Van. The organization runs multiple kilim weaving workshops in Van, two of which were destroyed in the October earthquake. TPF's assistance will help HADD build a prefabricated workshop to replace the damaged ones.
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VAKAD (Van Kadin Dernegi -Van Women's Association) was established in 2004 to address the intersections of gender-‎based violence and women's economic independence in Eastern Turkey. It provides ‎women, primarily survivors of violence and displaced women, with legal and ‎psychological support as well as trainings on women's human rights and health. The organization was one of the first respondents to the earthquake providing food, tents, clothing to the victims. VAKAD continues to respond to basic needs especially of the most vulnerable populations such as disabled and elderly. TPF support provided emergency relief supplies for the victims.

The Van Art Therapy Project is underway, and has held a workshop for women and children suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake. In this photo, on the last day the women's group traced and decorated hand shapes with images and words of what they wanted to give and take from their experience with us. We then created a mural of theses hands as tulips. There is a tulip that grows in Southeast anatolia that is known for symbolizing self sufficiency as it grows upside down, and hydrates itself. This resonated very much with the women who had realized their own self sufficiency and inner strength through art making this week. A perfect way to end the group.
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Women Center Foundation (KA-MER Vakfi) responds both to women's immediate and critical needs and increases awareness of women of their rights as citizens, wives, and mothers. KA-MER works within the local culture, addressing the specific needs of women and families, and empowering women to reject their second-class status and believe in themselves. The center provides women with such services as counseling, daycare, and employment opportunities to help them achieve financial independence and gain self-respect. While focusing on women, KA-MER also works with husbands and families to encourage broad acceptance of women as independent wage-earners and citizens capable of valuable contributions to society. TPF grant will help KA-MER establish a prefabricated center for women, where women can not only come together but also learn a trade. The center will provide sewing workshops (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) for  20 women in total. The products will be marketed through KA-MER's already established network and online on Morhipo (Boyner Holding).
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KEDV (Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi - Foundation for the Support of Women's Work) aims to improve women's' economic well-being and quality of life. KEDV has gained vast experience in post disaster efforts during the Marmara Earthquake in 1999. Right after its active involvement in relief efforts, KEDV opened eight Women and Children's Centers in prefabricated settlements in the disaster region. These centers are still functioning as local grassroots women organizations. TPF will support the establishment of a prefabricated Women and Children Center in Van to provide women and children with a safe, collective space to help them get over the earthquake trauma, and to support women's leadership to recreate their own lives, homes and communities.
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Thank you,

TPF Team

Kilim weaving : Hisar Anatolian Support Society
Kilim weaving : Hisar Anatolian Support Society
New building on Yuzuncu Yil University
New building on Yuzuncu Yil University's campus!
Turkish Education Foundation
Turkish Education Foundation's New Teacher's Dorm!
Kizilay posting TPF
Kizilay posting TPF's name on container homes



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Turkish Philanthropy Funds

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Senay Ataselim
New York, NY United States

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