ACEV, East Turkey
|Name||AÇEV (Mother Child Education Foundation)|
|Aim||To create equal opportunity in education for all individuals|
|People reached||AÇEV has "Trained 6,500 trainers and through them served 550,000 people through long-term, face-to-face education programs aimed at children, families and illiterate women" [source:acev.org]|
Büyükdere Cad. Stad Han. No:85 Kat:2 34387 Mecidiyeköy - İstanbul TURKEY
Phone: +90 212 213 42 20 / 213 46 39
Fax: +90 212 213 36 60
"The Mother Child Education Foundation (
I support in particular the program that teaches illiterate people how to read and write, because I think it is important for them to have a voice, especially since they are often from a political minority.
So I travel to Diyarbakir by train and ask some people about . They do important work here, and show their presence, even though the Diyarbakir office is tiny. Since it is the Turkish national holiday, I can't attend an
In Adana, I find a sober office and I talk to a very friendly and supportive lady. They run education programs for the illiterate here. I am shown around and strengthen my intuition that this is a deserving and important cause.
As a low-key individual, I (and you) am able to take an unbiased look at such important ngo's. Unfortunately, a few years ago Turkey had a scandalous visit by a British woman called Sarah Ferguson, who visited ngo's with a hidden camera and presented the footage in a most negative way, suggesting all Turkish ngo's were doing a bad job. This damaged their reputation and decreased much needed donations. Understandingly, ngo's are reluctant to allow journalists to take a look around.
But we can change this, since our goal is not a selling tabloid scoop but being humane. Once we have a clear image of what they do, we write about them and make a donation. Our goal is to attract international attention and make people aware of their important work.
You can do even better. Visit here on your trip to Turkey (and don't worry, cultural highlights are plenty on the way to Adana and Diyarbakir):
Aliemiri 1. Sokak Yilmaz 13. Apt
Kat 3 No 10 Yenisehir / Diyarbakir
Resetbey Mah. 4. Sokak
Samonjon Ap. Kat 2 No 6 Adana