Despite the many positive facts about Turkey, the country has its fair share of challenges that it has to deal with each day. One of the main challenges is dealing with stray kids mainly orphans and poor people in general. The challenge becomes tougher as the country is generally poor and the government is unable to raise the necessary funds to combat the issue. Nevertheless, thanks to several charity organizations in Turkey, it becomes a bit easier to handle the situation. Most of these organizations help street kids, orphans, the poor, women etc. Some of the top charity organizations based in Turkey today include:
1. Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi Acev, Van
The charity organization is based in Istanbul and was started in 1993. Its English translation is The Mother Child Education Foundation. As the name suggests, other organization is involved in promoting both early childhood and adult education. This is achieved through extensive research, ensuring program development, implementation as well as advocacy. It has been able to achieve this object over the years thanks to that and its partnerships with the right people.
2. Fiske Institute – Science and Action Foundation for Child Labour-Fiske Enstitsu
It is a non-governmental charity organization based in Ankara, Turkey. The organization focuses on the social risk groups, which include the girl child, underage working children and women. The organization was established in 1997 after extensive research on the social risk groups that took several years. It aims at implementing health concepts in the community as well as social development, public education, social medicine policies.
3. International Children’s Centre
The organization is based in Bilkent, Turkey, and was a joint venture of the government of France and UNICEF back in 1949. It was originally established but was closed down later due to financial constraints. The organization was re-established with the help of a few parties, which included the Turkish government, and some UN agencies in 1999. The organization’s focus is the social, physical and mental wellbeing of children in the family and community contexts. Other focuses of the organization include health promotion.
4. Alternative Camp
Unlike most of the organizations listed above, Alternative Camp mainly focuses on helping to integrate the handicapped into the society. It was started in 1997 and has since been able to live up to its motto “Diving is Freedom.” Other than diving, the organization is able to achieve its goals through vacation, sports and education. It has been able and continues to reduce the gap that exists between those handicapped and those not handicapped in society. The organization depends entirely on volunteer services.
5. Youth for habitat international network
Based in Istanbul, the organization was started with the aim of ensuring that the youth participate in the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, which was held in 1996. The organization is now serving as the secretariat of the network and implementer of the projects for Habitat Agenda and Agenda 21 on the national level.
This list could go on and on, as there are several charity organizations in Turkey that are making significant changes in the lives of Turkish people. Those wishing to visit the centers of the different organization can head to Turkey with their Turkey visas in hand. Be sure to make a donation while you are there.