With a little help from my friends…

February 17, 2015

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From the very beginning of this often wonderful, sometimes mad endeavour of çöp(m)adam, I have had much support from friends, old and new. Those who are far away offer advice, especially when I encourage it; those closer to me geographically have offered advice as well, and they are the ones who push me to do […]

‘a good place’

February 10, 2015

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It has been said that people get along until an outside force tells them otherwise. For centuries, people have lived on this land side by side, getting along well enough for the most part. In Ayvalik, there are different ethnic groups who live in the same neighbourhood and yet in our workshop, there are only […]

Winter Warmth

January 12, 2015

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It’s been a while and we are back to the blog. Winter has set in, not my favourite season, but then again, I’ve learned to accept it – as if there were an option – and while not quite embrace it, go with. Heating with a wood stove, in my home and in our workshop, […]

In honour of one special man who has stuck by our and my side

July 31, 2014

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To commemorate our sixth anniversary, I would like to look behind the scenes of what manny people see at our workshop, in the press, at çöp(m)adam. We did not get this far alone; I certainly never would have made it this far without the support of many, but specifically the support of one special person, […]

In honour of International Women’s Day

March 7, 2014

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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!

The show must go on

January 29, 2014

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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: […]

Happy New Year to and from us!

January 10, 2014

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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 […]

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