Grandfather Erosion of TEMA elected Senior ASHOKA Fellow

Hayrettin Karaca | ASHOKA Senior Fellow 2013 

We at Bridge to Türkiye Fund salute “Erozyon Dede” for this well deserved recogniton…    This year ASHOKA elected 92 year old Hayrettin Karaca as a senior fellow for his work leading the Turkish environmental movement. Here is a glimpse at some of the words of wisdom from “Grandfather Erosion” in this video:

Hayrettin Karaca, considered the father of Turkey’s environmental movement and nicknamed “grandfather erosion” by the country’s children, is a successful businessman turned environmental social entrepreneur. He has dedicated his life to tireless advocacy and support for the protection of soil and natural habitats, combining successful entrepreneurship with effective environmental activism. His organization TEMA has become a vast network, reaching every corner of the country achieving significant national impact, both on the environment and social fabric of the country. Through his work, Hayrettin Karaca has mobilized more than half a million citizens to become active members, volunteers and donors for the first time in their lives. In recent years, TEMA has expanded its programs to Germany, Belgium and Netherlands, where large communities of Turkish migrants are present.

About Ashoka:

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.



Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) is a US-based, volunteer-run charitable non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with IRS Tax ID: 58-2678580.

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Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) was established in 2003 by community minded Turkish Americans (Turks4Good) driven to make a difference, to improve life and to cultivate social change for the common good. Our circle of compassion promotes respect and fellowship for humankind in the communities we serve. Turks4Good commitment to these ideals stems from our basic desire to give back to our native land for the many opportunities we have gained from her. We invite you to also contribute to the welfare of less fortunate children in Turkey.

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