Dear BTF Supporters,
Today, I am reaching out to you with great news about BTF’s 2013 Boots4Kids project, and our new introduction, Coats4Kids project…
Following what has been both extremely rewarding and busy season, we’ve concluded this year’s project! This year, we not only continued to support our core focus group – financially challenged students who are in need of boots and socks for the coming winter- we also focused on the children who were the victims of 2011 Van Earthquake. I would like to use this opportunity to provide you some important details around what we have done for Van; and then to provide you a general update and the overall summary for the 2013 project.
We got to know the situation in Van from online newspaper T24.com which reported that there were still large numbers of families living in container homes in Van following the 2011 Earthquake. These families were not only under the imminent threat of the harsh winter conditions of Van but at the time they were also in danger of losing their container homes due to ongoing evacuations… We knew we had to take an action; and had to include those kids to the scope of 2013 Boots4Kids project so we contacted T24. Hülya, the reporter there, then put us in touch with Gündem Çocuk Derneği (GCD). GCG was the source of the information that she used for her article; and we partnered with for GCD for the Van portion of our 2013 project.
Gündem Çocuk is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 in Ankara, and advocates for equal rights for all children and children’s rights. Since their foundation they have made the UN’s “Convention of the Rights of the Child” part of their bylaws. Their mission, therefore, was and is in parallel with ours. GDC representative, Onur, notified us that there were around 500 children in the container homes under extremely difficult conditions. And, this information set the scope for Van project: 500 pairs of boots, socks and coats for 500 kids before December 31st!
Shortly after we kicked off the Van project, our friends from Boston Circle offered to sponsor the 500 pairs of boots and socks for the children in Van! Amazing News! And, with this great news we moved our focus mainly on fundraising efforts for the coats that we were also planning to send to Van.
The official kick off for the Coats4Kids happened earlier this year with a pilot project… We delivered 85 coats to Kızılyusuf Elementary School in Mus/Malazgirt with NewYork Circle’s support. Following the success of our pilot program, and with the support of our project team, we included Van to the second phase of the project. Working with our supplier in Turkey, we have successfully sent 500 coats to Van just before the end of the year.
2013 Project Summary (Detailed List attached)
- 1,799 pairs of Warm Boots and Socks sent to 22 schools and Van
- A total of 585 Winter Coats were sent to Kızılyusuf and Van.
I would like to thank to all of our team members, who have taken a part on this year’s project and provided support to our core project team. Here is to a successful year and project! I’m sure 2014 will be a fantastic year for Boots4Kids, Coats4Kids and all the children that we touch! And, many thanks to ALL of YOU, who have supported our efforts with your Generous Donations… We could not have done it without YOU… İyiki Varsınız!
Hande Uzun, Director
Project Leader for Boots4Kids & Coats4Kids
2013 Boots4Kids and Coats4Kids Distribution List:
If you would like to contact us, please drop us an e-mail: btf4kids at bridgetoturkiye.org
You can also visit our BTF4Kids Projects Web Page for more information.
Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) is a US based, volunteer run, charitable non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions made to BTF are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by IRS. BTF”s tax identification number is 58-2678580.