Children’s Fund

Children’s Fund

The Children’s Fund aims to support the projects and organisational development of civil society organisations working to establish children’s access to their basic rights.  Forced migration, rapid urbanisation, inter-regional inequalities, economic crisis, poverty, globalisation, conflicts, domestic violence, gender inequalities, technology can play a negative role on children’s wellbeing in Turkey.

We have supported the following charities to date:

The Idea and Arts Workshop Association(Fikir ve Sanat Atölyesi Derneği-FİSA)

The Idea and Arts Workshop Association carries out projects and programs to tackle child neglect and abuse, child labour, discrimination, child participation, child and migration, disability and education in order to promote children’s rights.  The Assocation provides scholarships for students in addition to implementing educational activities in arts and science through workshops and panels in collaboration with public institutions, private sector and civil society organisations.

Ordu Association of Empowering Women (Ordu Kadını Güçlendirme Derneği-ORKAGÜDER)

Ordu Association of Empowering Women was established in 2010 as a rights-based organisation which works with disadvantages groups such disabled people, children and women in order to prevent violence and discrimination based on gender in East Black Sea Region of Turkey. The Association conducts studies on child labour in seasonal agriculture, child neglect and abuse, child protection.

The Colourful Hopes Association (Rengarenk Umutlar Derneği)

The Colourful Hopes Association conducts socio-cultural and socio-psychological projects  to provide  cultural and social opportunities for children and women who are affected by conflict in the Sur-Diyarbakır region and who live in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and are exposed to discrimination. The association organises workshops on drama, choir, art, gender equality, respect for differences with about 200 children in a year.

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Music for Peace Foundation
(Barış için Müzik)

Music for Peace Foundation (Barış için Müzik) is an organisation that has been working with children since 2005. In the decrepit Edirnekapi neighbourhood of Istanbul, Music for Peace aims to positively transform the lives of children and their families and communities through the practice of classical music.

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Network of Sport and Body Movement for Vulnerable Groups
(BoMoVu)

BoMoVu – Network of Sport and Body Movement for Vulnerable Groups aims to enable sports practitioners and performing artists to transform their expertise into social value. We support the “Reconciliation Games” project which utilises playful education through traditional street games in border provinces, encouraging children to claim and preserve their cultural heritage, and reinforcing the values of unity and sharing.

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Istanbul Foster Care Association
(Istanbul Koruyucu Aile Derneği)

Istanbul Foster Care Association is a grassroots association founded in 2012 by individuals raised in foster care themselves as well as families and parents who are foster parents. The team strongly believes that growing up in a loving and caring home is the most natural demand a child can have.

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Association of Civic Affinity and Anti-violence (DUY-DER)

Association of Civic Affinity and Anti-Violence (Duy-Der: Toplumsal Duyarlılık ve Şiddet Karşıtları Derneği ) is a charity founded in 2008 against all forms of individual and organisational violence, discrimination and human rights abuses. One of the main programs of the association has been on reducing the hazards of mine and conflict waste materials.

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Science Heroes Association
(Bilim Kahramanları Derneği)

Science Heroes Association aims to promote and spread science, scientific thinking and awareness in the society, and in particular through activities targeting children and the youth. Our funding supports “Girls meet Science!” project, which will allow for 12 primary school teams comprising of girls aged 6-10 in Antalya, Diyarbakır, Hatay, Edirne, Samsun and Mersin to participate in the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. programme.

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Village Schools Exchange Network
(Köy Okulları Değişim Ağı)

Village Schools Exchange Network (KODA) is a newly founded charity in Istanbul that focuses on increasing the quality of education in rural Turkey. Through their core programs, they provide support to teachers and students for the advancement of quality education in formal school systems. KODA is implementing a series of workshops designed for children on issues of space, universe, astronomy, visual arts, cultural diversity, geography and architecture, emotional awareness, underwater life and general life culture in Muş province.

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Association for Struggle against Sexual Violence
(Cinsel Şiddetle Mücadele Derneği)

Our funding supports “Çocuk Anlatır Sen Dinle, İstismarı Önle”, a train-the-trainer project that aims to increase the participants’ knowledge and awareness regarding child abuse and the approaches to prevent and recognise harm. The workshops will be for Sisli Municipality employees that work directly with children (e.g. Social Service Division) and educators/counsellors in selected secondary schools in the area. The training materials that will be developed within the project will provide the resources for other municipalities that would like to implement the programme in their area.

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Hayat Sende Association
(Hayat Sende Derneği)

Hayat Sende Association was established in 2007 with the aim of bringing innovative solutions to the lives of children under legal care in Turkey. Our funding supports a train-the-trainer programme for 20 university students aged 18-25 under state care, who will then lead workshops for 150 children aged 10-15 to raise awareness of their rights as children under state care and to build capacity to facilitate every child’s access these rights.

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BBOM
(Bir Başka Okul Mümkün)

Bir Baska Okul Mumkun (BBOM) was set up in 2010 to develop an alternative school model improving on the current Turkish education system and to establish schools which use this education model that focuses on social solution and child-centred approaches. There are currently 5 BBOM Early Childhood Centres and Primary Schools and 8 Education Cooperatives across Turkey. Our funding supports “Participatory & Peaceful Toys” project that will allow for development and dissemination of educational toys and materials aligned with BBOM’s principles.