handicapped childen campaign
there is a campaign week running from the 16th to raise funds to help handicapped kids that are in need of operations or other help.
You can help in various ways. ..the easiest way is if your mobile phone is paid by bill (not pay as you go) then you just send an empty message to 5787 and they will deduct 5tl for the campaign.
other ways you can help is to give by credit card or just money in a box in one of the banks
the website for the campaign is www. haydigülümse..just google it
there are 8.5 million handicapped people in Turkey amny of these living without hope or help.
the Campaign hopes among other things to identify the number of children and families in need of help
for a child in need of an operation the earlier this is done the better the chances are for improved quality of life.
 
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nanamo

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handicapped childen campaign
I will certainly donate - its such a shame that that is all i can do. Hope lots of money rolls in. Can a fund not be set up on here like in the case of the policeman who was killed recently, it was so easy to donate that way. Molly
 
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Hi molly..this is a huge campaign thats being launched and i believe its one of the first of its kind in turkey..schools are also being involved to raise awareness with other kids..its a great thing and supporting this campaign will be the best way to give...at this time.
they are targeting about 1400 kids in need of an immediate operation
 

Carolyn

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What a worthwhile cause.

A couple of years ago I went with Fatma and her 2 year old profoundly deaf son Yusuf on the service bus which transported local children with various disabilities and handicaps to a special school in Fethiye where she took me in and introduced me to various members of staff.

What struck me was the way that children with a variety of disabilities were all dealt with under the same roof.

Something (or someone) else that stuck in my mind vividly was the most beautiful young boy of say 13 or 14 years. He had black hair, amazing blue eyes and the most beautiful face and smile. I think he had cerebal palsy. He was tall and I was humbled to see his mother carrying him across her back. She had to bend almost in half as if she stood upright his legs would have dragged on the floor.

I was also very aware of the love shown to these "special" children and conscious of the lack of specialist aids and equipment which we take for granted in most of Europe.
 

Guz1

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What a lovely post from Carolyn!

Thanks to Shirley for letting us know about this campaign. Do you know for how long it will go on? Will there still be collection boxes in the banks when I'm there in June?
 
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Thanks Carolyn for bringing my post back to the top,it didnt seem to get much attention yesterday so it got missed.
an estimated 12.29% 8.2 nmillion of the population in Turkey are handicapped in one way or another.
This campaign is aiming to get volunteer doktors physios architechts etc involved at looking at people in need of improvement in their home conditions and also hoping to get immediate operations for kids for things as varied as vision, hearing, deformities, heart, kidney and so on. its an ambitious programme thats never been attempted before in Turkey.they are also targeting various areas of Turkey to collect information about handicapped people/children and their carers. so its great.
im not sure how long this actual campaign will run..however the organization that has initiated this is the Özürlü Vakı disabled foundation..so if you see a box in any bank with either Haydi gülümse or özürlü vakı this is for handicapped children/people
 

Guz1

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handicapped childen campaign
Thanks Shirley. Of those two names I think I'll remember Haydi and Vaki so should be ok. I hope the boxes are in the bank because it's easier to donate that way than online.
 

Carolyn

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handicapped childen campaign
Thanks Carolyn for bringing my post back to the top,it didnt seem to get much attention yesterday so it got missed.
an estimated 12.29% 8.2 nmillion of the population in Turkey are handicapped in one way or another.
This campaign is aiming to get volunteer doktors physios architechts etc involved at looking at people in need of improvement in their home conditions and also hoping to get immediate operations for kids for things as varied as vision, hearing, deformities, heart, kidney and so on. its an ambitious programme thats never been attempted before in Turkey.they are also targeting various areas of Turkey to collect information about handicapped people/children and their carers. so its great.
im not sure how long this actual campaign will run..however the organization that has initiated this is the Özürlü Vakı disabled foundation..so if you see a box in any bank with either Haydi gülümse or özürlü vakı this is for handicapped children/people

I'll keep my eyes open for a box when I go into Ziraat Bank when we're over in June.
 

Tess

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handicapped childen campaign
Great campaign Shirley, will def keep my eyes open for the collection boxes would be delighted to give to such a worthy cause, thanks for alerting us all to this Shirley. Sharon x
 
handicapped childen campaign
Pity Turkey can't organise the "telethon" type charity events we have in the UK- like "Children in Need".

Hi Lesley..yes i agree with you
the mind set isnt there yet for this sort of thing on a major scale but they are having more and more events to help people in need. ..eventually it will happen.
At least there is hope on the horizon with a campaign like this one that is both fact finding and raising awarenss.
 

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