Changemakers - Fark Yaratanlar
Fark Yaratanlar

Changemakers

Meet Changemakers who choose to be part of the solution to an existing problem, who demonstrate an example for an active citizen, who create innovative solutions for a concrete and sustainable change, who make social contributions with measurable effects, and who inspire others with their stories.
Themes
Cities
Season
Social Justice
Association for Struggle against Sexual Violence

The Association for Struggle against Sexual Violence was founded in 2014 by a group of activists to make sexual violence more visible, widely spoken about and debated.

Social Justice
Hasan Kızıl (Life Mendel)

Hasan Kızıl initially made the walkers he designed for animals by breaking up wheeled paraphernalia he found at home like the toy car.

Social Justice
Özlem Öztürk

Özlem Öztürk Raises Awareness on Landmines among Children

Social Justice
Child Brides Project

Child Brides Project Fights Early Marriage Tradition in Turkey

Social Justice
Nihat Kihtir

Nihat Kihtir Removes Barriers to Participation through Sign Language

Social Justice
Sulukule Children's School of Arts

Children in Sulukule Make their Voices Heard through Music

Social Justice
Nurcan Baysal

A Success Story Written From West To East

Social Justice
Ömer Faruk Arınç

Disadvantaged Kids Are At Playhouse

Social Justice
Hülya Aydın

Life of A Determined Woman

Social Justice
Abdullah Oskay

Abdullah Oskay worked with children and young people raised under similar conditions. Together with his friends, he established Hayat Sende Youth Academy Association in 2007.

Social Justice
Duygu Kayaman

Duygu worked on the development of “My Dream Partner” application with the support of Turkcell that eases the access of visually impaired people to information.

Social Justice
Art Anywhere Association

Art is anywhere with children in Mardin...

Civic Participation
Erol Hanlıgil

Erol Hanlıgil Gets Youth off Streets onto Basketball Courts

Civic Participation
Hakan Yücel (The Cycling Librarian)

The Cycling Librarian, combining the books gifted by volunteers and his professional skills, delivers the books to schools, classifying them according to the age groups and interests of the students, and taking into account the number of students.

Civic Participation
Seda Sevin

Seda Sevin Helps Low-Income Children Achieve Success in Sports

Civic Participation
İZEV - Down Cafe

İstanbul Foundation for People with Mental Disabilities (İZEV) provides employment opportunities to youth with Down syndrome.

Civic Participation
K. Demirel Youth Association

Down Cafe Became The Light Of Hope For People With Disabilities

Civic Participation
Rasim Uyan

Big Environmental Action In A Barber Shop

Civic Participation
Çınardibi Cultural Center

A Cultural Center At The Heart Of A Quarter

Civic Participation
Ümmiye Koçak

A Woman With the Spirit of Afife Jale: Ümmiye Koçak

Civic Participation
Emre Dayıoğlu

Emre Dayıoğlu, aged 27, is a music teacher in Durmuş Yener Secondary School in Bayralar village of Elmalı, Antalya.

Civic Participation
Architecture for All Association

Architecture for All Association was established in 2011 for creating architectural and design solutions for socio-cultural problems in Turkey.

Civic Participation
Different Melodies of the Same Land

Different Melodies of the Same Land Choir is formed of students under the leadership of music teacher Ufuk Gökcan.

Environment
Lisinia Nature

Within the scope of the Lisinia project, plants indigenous to the region’s nature were started to be produced at the villages near Burdur. In this way, the local people were both introduced to new products and continuing to farm without disrupting the natural balance.

Environment
Hayrettin Karaca & Nihat Gökyiğit

Hayrettin Karaca and Nihat Gökyiğit Don't Let Turkey Become a Desert

Environment
Play For Nature

"Play For Nature" Creates Nature Awareness Through Social Media

Education
Mehmet Selim Baki

Mehmet Selim Baki Brings Music Education for Children in the Inner City

Education
Erhan Ağbaba

Erhan Ağbaba Helps Promote the Self-Esteem of Children

Education
Adnan Çelik

Adnan Çelik Promotes Youth Development in Diyarbakır

Education
Hacı Ormanoğlu

Hacı Ormanoğlu Empowers Children through After-School Programs

Education
Talking Hands

Pelin Baykan who has learnt Turkish Sign Language voluntarily, started a social initiative called “Talking Hands”.

Education
Ali Nesin

Ali Nesin Makes Math a Loveable Subject for Students who Deem It Nightmare

Education
Hasan Çetin

Hasan Çetin Works for Better Lives of Migrant Farm Workers

Education
Zekeriya Ersoy

Zekeriya Ersoy Makes Education Accessible to Village Children

Education
Yusuf Çopur

Yusuf Çopur Cultivates Love of Reading in Children

Education
Mustafa Özarslan

Mustafa Özarslan Designs 'Super Classes' to Improve Quality in Education

Education
İsmail Gündüz

İsmail Gündüz Adapts Education to the Roma Children's Culture

Education
Selçuk Var

Selçuk Var Motivates Teachers through Theater

Education
Hüseyin Parlak

Hüseyin Parlak Offers Lifelong Learning Programs for Çamlıdere Community

Education
Life In May Cooperative

Cooperation for a Better Education

Education
Abbas Türnüklü

"Negotiator Students" Make a Difference Solving Problems

Education
Melahat Aydın

Galloping for Girls’ Education in the Eastern Province of Muş

Education
Hakan Habip

Here Are The Science Heroes!

Education
Göktül Bakdık

The Children Of Imprisoned Women Saw The Light Beyond The Rain

Education
One Rubber One Pencil

“One Rubber One Pencil Project” Brings the Schools and the Donors Together

Education
Another School is Possible

Another School Is Possible

Education
Ergin Erenuluğ

Two Eggs Are Enough To Go To The Cinema And To Fight Against Obesity

Education
Selma Yıldız

"Small Codas" Are Not Alone

Education
Dilek Livaneli

Dilek Livaneli is a teaching profession since 13 years, the last 6 years of which were in Kumköy Primary School in Samsun.

Education
Şenol Yıldız

After completing the projects ‘I am Touching Science, Having Fun and Learning’ and ‘My School is turning to a Science Center’, Şenol Yıldız is now travelling from village to village for his third project called ‘Let Science Enlight the Schools’.

Education
Nurten Akkuş

Daddy tell me a story

Education
Ayça Arslan Ergül

Come On Friends, Let's Do Science

Education
Fatma Ayan

Turkey’s first open-air library has been opened with the efforts of Fatma Ayan, a teacher with 20 years of experience.

Education
SosyalBen Association

SosyalBen is a social responsibility association that helps children aged 7 to 13 and living in disadvantageous areas discover and improve their own social skills.

Education
Ahmet Naç

An idealist teacher, who recreated his classroom

Education
ÇABA-ÇAM

ÇABA-ÇAM proposes an alterative model to social inequality in early childhood education

Economic Development
Meral Kekeçoğlu

‘Bee-like’ Entrepreneurs are On Their Way

Economic Development
Nusratlı Village Association

Süheyla Doğan, a retired civil engineer, has moved to Ida Mountain with her family for a tranquil life after living in Antalya for many years. Thanks to her socially responsible character, she established “Nusratlı Village Culture Tourism and Solidarity Association” in 2005 with the support of villagers of Nusratlı.

Health
Zeynep Şimşek

Zeynep Şimşek Improves Conditions of Migrant Farm Workers

Health
Türksel Dülgergil

Çoruh Türksel Dülgergil Keeps Kids Healthy Preventing Tooth Decay

Health
Ayhan Tokgöz

Ayhan Tokgöz Offers Health Services to Communities in Need

Health
Otsimo

Quality education opportunity for children with autism

Health
Belki de Sensin

Donate stem cell and save life!

Social Justice
Bener Erkorur

Bener Erkorur Trains Athletes with Autism

Social Justice
Celal Karadoğan

Aiming to create a sense of community among youth with and without disabilities, and to raise public awareness around this topic...

Health
Ertuğrul Sabah

Ertuğrul Sabah Developed Mobile Health Services for People with Mental Disabilities

Education
Fatih Küçük - The Cartoon Mill

Fatih Küçük continues to shape the future of children and bring them together with art thanks to his contributions to cartoon and art education.

Health
İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu - We Need to Talk

İlayda who founded “We Need to Talk” platform in Ankara at the end of 2016, which operates in İstanbul now, continues to work all around Turkey.

Education
Nusrettin Biçer/ Abdulkadir Korkmaz - Reading is Being on the Road

Nusrettin and Abdulkadir are teachers who visit the villages of Şanlıurfa with the project 'Reading is Being on the Road' and come together with the children.

Education
Suat Arı – Everyone in This Village Is Athlete

Suat Arı, who introduced 120 students, 45 of whom were girls, to 14 different branches such as bocce, dart, softball, baseball, field hockey, cricket, rugby, flag football, and orienteering and made them become licensed athletes.

Education
Halil Bağış – Stellar Lab

Halil Bağış founded the Stellar Lab, the first digital astronomy library in Turkey, with the philosophy of "Astronomy for Everyone".

Seda Fırın - Kekele TV

Ferda Salık – Diyarbakır’s Cultural Ambassadors

Erdinç Erdem Bakkal - A Spark of Science in Şırnak

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