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Istanbul, Turkey via kindly anonymous
acev [at] acev [dot] org
+90 212 213 36 60

"The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), founded in 1993, is a Turkish non-governmental organization which has vast research, program development, program implementation and advocacy experience in early childhood and adult education. Through strategic partnerships, AÇEV has been able to reach hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries with its scientifically-based training programs." []

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 AÇEV. 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 AÇEV personally here, and I decide to go to Adana to meet my travel schedule. 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 strenghten 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. Understandibly, 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 AÇEV here on your trip to Turkey (and don't worry, cultural highlights are plenty on the way to Adana and Diyarbakir):

AÇEV Diyarbakir Aliemiri 1. Sokak Yilmaz 13. Apt Kat 3 No 10 Yenisehir / Diyarbakir 0412 2242227

AÇEV Adana Resetbey Mah. 4. Sokak Samonjon Ap. Kat 2 No 6 Adana

165 staff
a few days visit
We donated 300 USD
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2011-05-07 - 2011-05-14
I got a very good impression from ACEV. They are working conscientiously to improve literacy rates across Turkey and appeared very open to spontaneous skilled contributions.
7 years 24 weeks ago kamiel79

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