Happy New Year to and from us!

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 […]

Taking to the sea to get away from it all

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 . 

What we said at TEDx

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 […]

I will grow in ways that you can see, but cannot measure…

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 […]

A cooperation of a different dimension…

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 […]

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Time to stop playing around! Or is it?

September 12, 2012


The garbage ladies have some catching up to do! It’s been a very busy summer and autumn, so far, is pretty as well, but there are a few more windows of time, in part as there is a bit less swimming going on now… ‘Best practices’ is a phrase I used to look out for, […]

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From ‘they like my tea’ to training in Moldova

July 4, 2012


Mesude – not her real name but her mother’s name – is one of the reasons I put çöp(m)adam together in the first place, one of the reasons we have come this far, and proof that people will supersede your expectations given an opportunity and some respect. Before setting up this endeavor, I overheard Mesude […]

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