March 7, 2014
A few words from us to share how we are empowering women to believe in themselves, to raise their self-confidence and their sense of dignity. Happy Women’s Day to all, with many, many thanks to all who support our efforts and what we stand for!
January 29, 2014
In the 5 and a half years since we started çöp(m)adam, we have had more than 350 women working with us in different capacities. Some have stayed, and form a core group, that is comprised of an energy and dedication that I could not have envisioned. Others have moved on, for any number of reasons: […]
January 10, 2014
It’s Santa Claus but not really – it’s one of the lottery ticket sellers dressed up as Father Christmas but without the belly. The fake Christmas trees with plastic ornaments that are more and more prevalent each year are not for taking home to place presents under to be opened on December 25, but for […]
July 3, 2013
A day together on a boat on the sea is really getting away, so that you can leave much behind while being surrounded by others who, like you, have decided to take advantage of an opportunity to be someone more than what your society and your family have told you to be .
June 28, 2013
This is the presentation I delivered at a TEDx talk in Istanbul before things got all heated up over there: I run an endeavor where the purchase of bathing suits is a sign of our progress. Where we try to ensure a supportive environment for women who are brave enough to walk through our front […]
November 26, 2012
How can I get ‘eating different foods,’ ‘travelling abroad without your husband,’ ‘teaching with hardly any common language,’ to be added to any of those measurement scales for how well your social endeavor is doing? I don’t know but I know that last week, one of our main ladies grew as an independent individual in […]
September 18, 2012
Some months back, we were contacted about the prospects of cooperating with a project in Moldova, under a poverty eradication program. Not too long afterwards, Jens from the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Budapest and Ludmila from Keystone Human Services in Chisinau came to Ayvalik to assess the feasibility of working together. What follows is the […]