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Sabancı Holding Chairwoman Güler Sabancı (M) poses with Sabancı Foundation General Manager Zerrin Koyunsağan (R) and director Filiz Bikmen (L). Hürriyet photo

Sabancı Holding Chairwoman Güler Sabancı (M) poses with Sabancı Foundation General Manager Zerrin Koyunsağan (R) and director Filiz Bikmen (L). Hürriyet photo

The Flying Broom Association, which is supported by Sabancı Holding, will host the global summit of U.S.-based “Girls Not Brides” initiative in Istanbul next year.

The Sabancı Foundation has provided 5.6 million liras of support to non-governmental organizations (NGO) to date.

“Our support grows like a snowball. The NGOs we support have also begun to receive international backing,” said Sabancı Holding Chairwoman Güler Sabancı. She said that in addition to financial support, they also shared know-how regarding project management with the NGOs.

Sabancı Foundation General Manager Zerrin Koyunsağan said the Sabancı Foundation was the only foundation in Turkey that supported smaller NGOs on a project basis, like in the international arena. She said it was important that such initiatives grew and that the Bolu Social Support Foundation had also been launched to provide such grants.

“It is a loss for our country that women, the young and the disabled cannot participate in life as they should. If these groups advance, we advance too,” Güler Sabancı said.

Sharing experiences

“The problem of child brides is not just Turkey’s issue, it also exists in Mexico, the U.S and Afghanistan. Therefore, it is very important to share experiences of other countries that have been successful,” she added. The foundation has realized 28 projects in 81 provinces of Turkey.

August/04/2012

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mara mcglothin

8/6/2012 3:54:26 PM

I hope that through the greed of parents, this movement can save many young girls and give her the nest egg that she needs to escape a bad situation in the future should it arise. I would love to know where to donate to this cause.

sam stevens

8/4/2012 12:39:54 PM

Shame they didn't have the courage to say that child brides do not exist in between civilised people & countries because of education & law. A child must be allowed to be a child & develop naturally, if Mr Erdogan wants families to have more healthy children he should take this problem more seriously to reduce child mortality.

Faruk Beisser

8/4/2012 11:19:24 AM

Good for them, but that is not going to stop Gülen's AKP from creating more child brides under the new education system!
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