ABOUT OUR FOUNDATION
Turkish Foundation for Children in Need of Protection (TKMCV), believes that every child entitled the right to receive compassion, love and understanding, to sufficient nutrition and to live in a healthy environment, to benefit from the possibilities of plays and fun, to receive modern education and to improve his/her skills, in brief, to live in human honour.
In our country, there are hundreds of thousands children who “need protection”, who do not have a family or who are abondoned or whose personal existence is under threat despite his/her family, who are ignored or abused, or left defenseless against bad habits.
Turkish Foundation for Children in Need of Protection, founded by volunteers who aimed to establish and promote villages for children in 1979, aims to enable children in need of protection (“koruncuk” in Turkish is similar to “protectdren” in English as a representation of both the words “protect” and “children”) to live in a family environment as soon as they arrive in “the children’s village” and grow up in a healthy environment, to receive education, to develop their personal skills, to prepare for the future and contribute to the society at large.
In 2005, Turkish Foundation for Children in Need of Protection was awarded “ECOSOC Special Advisor Status” by United Nations Economic and Social Council for its successful and devoted work for “children who need protection”.
Our foundation was entitled the tax exemption right by the Decision of the council of ministers dated 17.12.1989 with number 1989/14827.
To make children who “need protection”, who do not have a family or who are abondoned or whose personal existence is under threat despite his/her family, who are ignored or abused, or left defenseless against bad habits, successful individuals in the society and to provide solution to the problem of children in need of protection in our country and set an example through the “children’s villages” we have established
To increase the number of our children’s villages and to re-introduce more children who need protection into the society.
Courage: We take action
By going beyond the conventional methods employed in caring for children who need protection, we pursue innovative approaches. We extend a helping hand to children who have nobody to help them when they are in trouble, in a sensitive and resolute approach.
Loyalty: We keep our promises
We are working hard to make children lead a better life. Based on this approach, we establish sound and long term contacts with our supporters, partners and the society at large. Thus we believe that we can create a meaningful and a long term effect.
Trust: we believe in each other
We trust the skills and capacities of each other. We support each other in respect and we establish an environment in which we can fulfill our responsibilities with self confidence.
Responsibility: We are strong partners
Since 1979 when we established the foundation, we continue to provide trust to our supporters and other partners that support us. We employ all the help and funds provided to us in a conscious way.
Children’s village is a settlement unit that consists of 10-12 houses established for providing a healthy environment for children who need protection starting from pre-school age, providing possibilities of education for them, for preparing them for the future by improving their personal skills and make them contributing individuals to the society.
4 basic elements of the children’s village
We provide to the children a healthy family environment and a trustful life to in the houses of the system of our children’s village, who are accepted in our village when they are 0-6 years old from the Turkish Social Service and Children Protection Institution (SHÇEK)*, upon our request. These children who are protected by the society, attend the schools in the region, participate in social and cultural life and they enjoy living in the children’s village until they are self-sufficient including their university education under the guarantee of the Society.
In each family house, on average 8-9 children of different ages live together with the mother of the house. Children learn and share life and responsibilities together. A Family house is a house which the children can visit when they are grown-ups.
They are people who can raise children with compassion and care, who can provide trust to them, who merit the social values, specially trained and who are elected after a certain training and testing process, whose ages range between 25-45 and who respect our traditions. The mothers receive salaries on contract and they live in the children’s village.
The family ties in the children’s village are established naturally. Boys and girls of different ages, live together in the concept of brotherhood. Blood brothers are never separated, they always live in the same house.
A 4-stage system is applied in the children’s village.
1- Family House Just like in every family...
Every family has a private home and life is experienced just like in every family. The mother does shopping and cooks, and is responsible for the nutrition of the children clothing, cleaning and their lessons. The children play when their mother permits them, they spend time with their brothers and friends in the children’s village and they study.
Sometimes they go to the cinema or theatre with their mothers. At the weekends those who need support in their lesson, receive private courses, besides the children can benefit from special activity courses such as music, folklore, modern dances, sports etc.
In children’s village, the families share their experiences and they extend a helping hand to each other when help is needed.
2- Youth House We know the beautiful and difficult aspects of being Young...
The children who grow up in the children’s village and who become teenagers, move to the “Youth Houses” which are the extension of the village. The children are prepared for the transition form the children’s village to the Youth House at least one year before the move, by the mother, village psychologist, Village Manager, the Youth Leader and Youth leader attendant.
In youth houses,the children learn how to undertake personal responsibilities within a group and how to become self-sufficient.
The Youth Leader is responsible for the Youth Houses. The Youth Leader is elected among the people who recieved pedagogical training, who can guide the youth and who can deal with the problems, who can guide the youth in their lessons and in spending their free time and who can set a positive young person example for them. The Youth Leaders receive salaries on contracts and they live in the children’s village. The children stay in the Youth House until their education is over and they leave the house when they have a profession to start their adult life.
3- Semi-independent Life Even when they are ready for life, support may be needed...
2-4 youths who complete their education in Youth Houses and who have professions, rent a house together. The Foundation continues to support financially the young people who shift to the “Semi-Independent Life” stage for some time. Moral support continues for good.
4- Independent Life And when finally they are self-sufficient...
The young people who have their professions and who are self-sufficient are “Independent”. His/her relations with the mother, brothers and sisters and the foundation continues for good and he/she sets a good example.
Children’s Village means a warm house and trust for children.
Every child has a family.
Family is the basis of a society. The children feel themselves safe in the family and grows a feeling of belonging. They learn to share responsibilities and establish life-long relations. Family provides to the children a strong basis on which they can build their lives.
Feeling of relation between the members in the children’s village is improved, and even when children, just like in normal families, grow up and become an independent individual, they do not lose contact with their mothers and brothers and sisters.
Each child is given the right to schooling.
Based on the idea that children have to receive a contemporary education, we pay attention to the education of all children. Children in the children’s village, attend to schools in the region. The children aged between 0-3 attend the kindergarten in the children’s village. In order to support their school lessons and learning, teachers of Turkish, maths, science, social sciences and English help them both on weekdays and at weekends.
Each child grows with love
Emotional wounds can be healed with love and understanding and self-confidence is built up. Children start to believe and trust in themselves and in others. Thanks to this self confidence each child can employ his/her own capacity in the most efficient manner.
Each child grows with respect
Each child is respected and taken seriously. Children who take part actively in decisions that concern his/her own life, grows up as an individual who is valued by his/her family and the society and who is respected.
Each child grows in trust
Each child is protected against abuse, ignorance and maltreatment. Shelter, food, care and education are the basic assets of a healthy development.
Each child is given a future.
We help children to discover and improve their areas of interest and skills.
Each child is given personal development opportunities depending on their needs and potentials.
The children are guided for making them independent, self-sufficient and participant members of the society as soon as they enter the children’s village.
They receive private courses to improve their artistic, cultural and sportive skills. They participate in activities and celebrations and trips.
Youth programmers are implemented to enable the young people build their futures, and to make them successful individuals of the society by developing their attitudes, behavior and skills.
A Success Story …
Bolluca Children’s Village is a Social Responsibility Project that is implemented to introduce the children who need protection into the social life. The aim of Bolluca children’s village, with a capacity of 120 children is to provide to the children a quality and comprehensive service without ignoring any single smallest detail that children may need.
The children’s village which started to provide services in 1991 on a land of 52 bin m2 is located in Bolluca village, in Arnavutköy town of Istanbul.
This first Turkish children’s village, which so far has provided housing for about 200 children who needed protection, consists of 10 family houses, 1 girls’ and 1 boys’ youth houses, Administrative and Social Services Building, Cultural Center, Manager’s House, Kindergarten, Library, Cooling Warehouse, Playground and Sports hall.
In Bolluca Children’s Village, 41 experienced members of staff and a manager and a manager appointed by SHÇEK work.
In addition to them, we receive regular support from an experienced social services expert and pedagogies
The target of our foundation, which gained momentum with the success of Bolluca children’s village, is to implement 5 children’s villages in provinces where they are mostly needed in Turkey and to help many other children who need protection.