Saturday, 27 May 2017

The Ramadan Challenge (you have to read this one! )

Dear readers,

As many of your know, I've been living and studying in Turkey for a while now. Istanbul is an amazing city which has many things to offer, however it was only in 2016 that this city got its very first volunteer youth community dedicated to social impact. As I volunteer I joined this great community of now almost 300 volunteers in late October 2016.

In the past year, our international community collaborated with community centres and NGOs in Istanbul to design and implement much-needed courses for refugee youth. Our volunteers teach environmental design, Arabic, English, Turkish, computer literacy, coding, and health classes. We work six times a week with over 120 refugee children across these programs.

Our winning team at the Urban Thinkers Summit
During Ramadan we hold free community Iftar dinners accompanied by various social activities in the disadvantaged neighbourhood of Tarlabaşı. Many of the neighbourhood residents are migrants and minorities in Turkey. Last year, we shared one iftar meal a week during Ramadan with more than 250 underprivileged people.

We also organised 2 summits: The Social Impact Summit (December 2016) and Urban Thinkers Summit (April 2017).
We aspire to increase these programs in size, quality and variety. With your support and donations, we will be able to train our volunteers and design better classes and workshops.

Please check and share our video and follow the link to our Ramadan Challenge 2017, where you can donate and support us.



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