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
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
Tarlabaşı Community Center

Tarlabaşı Community Center Fuels Hope amid Poverty

Social Justice
Senem Gül

Senem Gül Encourages Women Participation in Social and Economic Life

Social Justice
Güney Hastemoğlu

Güney Hastemoğlu Fights to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency

Social Justice
Galata Dialogue Association

Be Ready To Forget What You Know In The Pitch Dark

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
SineMASAL

SineMASAL team, under the leadership of Enes Kaya, started their work by exploring 69 villages of Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia.

Social Justice
Ayşe Tükrükçü

A bowl of soup, a hope...

Social Justice
Dervish Father Coffeehouse

The whole system of Dervish Father Coffeehouse is based on voluntary participation.

Social Justice
Co-Pedal Association

Co-Pedal Association provides physical and social rehabilitation for the disabled and creates companionship among persons with and without disabilities through using tandem bikes.

Social Justice
Askıda Ne Var

A platform for enriching students’ education lives

Social Justice
Art On The Street Association

Art for everyone

Social Justice
Wheelchair Dance Project

A dance group of individuals with physical disabilities...

Civic Participation
Itır Erhart

Itır Erhart Runs to Raise Money for Youth, Education, and Disability Projects

Civic Participation
Melek Erman Köni

Melek Erman Köni Helps Rural Women Adapt to City Life in İstanbul

Civic Participation
Rodin Alper Bingöl

Rodin Alper Bingöl Raises Awareness about Disability

Civic Participation
Don’t Throw It Away! Get It Repaired, Let It Be A Hope for Children

Works to collect unused, broken, faulty, malfunctioning toys, repair them and get them to children in need and make the children happy...

Civic Participation
Pozy

Pozy, which aims to only provide happy news, presents the news to the reader after filtering them through its emotional analysis system.

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
Open Istanbul

They Hit the Streets for an Accessible City

Civic Participation
YouthBank

Youth Makes A Difference By Receiving Grants From YouthBank

Civic Participation
Disaster Relief Interpreters

Life-Saving Interpreters

Civic Participation
Özlem Arman

Let's Be Happy For The Children In Hospital

Civic Participation
Yuvarla Social Startup

Yuvarla.org initiative conducts projects in partnership with 15 different civil society organizations.

Civic Participation
Vote and Beyond

Vote and Beyond (Oy ve Ötesi) has been founded by Sercan Çelebi and his friends both to check these claims through the means of participatory democracy and to develop a sense of citizenship.

Civic Participation
Map of Needs

Map of Needs: Evoking the solidarity feeling in the society

Civic Participation
Midnight Library

A new model of library open to reader’s participation

Environment
Gülcan Nitsch

Gülcan Nitsch Raises Awareness on Environment among Turkish Communities in Germany

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
Çağan Şekercioğlu

A scientist chasing the nature...

Environment
Şehrine Ses Ver

For more livable cities...

Environment
Earth Association

Sustainable, ecological, joyful living

Education
Mehmet Selim Baki

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

Education
Adnan Çelik

Adnan Çelik Promotes Youth Development in Diyarbakır

Education
Informal Learning Youth Center (YAŞÖM)

Informal Education Youth Center, YAŞÖM, was founded by a group of young people mentored by Hülya Denizalp in 2011.

Education
Ali Nesin

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

Education
Kenan Zülaloğlu

Education For Young People with Hearing Impairments

Education
Zekeriya Ersoy

Zekeriya Ersoy Makes Education Accessible to Village Children

Education
Mustafa Özarslan

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

Education
Life In May Cooperative

Cooperation for a Better Education

Education
Abbas Türnüklü

"Negotiator Students" Make a Difference Solving Problems

Education
Selma Yıldız

"Small Codas" Are Not Alone

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
Living Museum

Turkey's first applied open-air museum: Living Museum

Education
ÇABA-ÇAM

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

Economic Development
Ödemiş Women's Cooperative

They Weave Their Future With Silk

Economic Development
Cansu Akarsu

"Happy Baby"

Economic Development
Mustafa Bektaş

Nallıhan Tourism Volunteers Association was established in 2005 under the leadership of Mustafa Bestaş in Nallıhan, a historical and natural district of Ankara, in order to protect, improve, determine and market the touristic, cultural and natural values of the district.

Economic Development
Basic Needs Association

Food Banking Association was established in 2010, under the leadership of entrepreneur Serhan Suzer, for the people who are unable to meet their basic needs.

Health
Ayhan Tokgöz

Ayhan Tokgöz Offers Health Services to Communities in Need

Health
RUSİHAK

Human Rights in Mental Health Initiative Makes a Difference with its Community Based Approach in Mental Health Care

Health
Salih Yüce

Salih Yüce works to raise awareness on cancer by establishing the “Help and Love Association for Cancer Patients”.

Health
Tics and Tourette Syndrome Volunteers of Turkey

A support mechanism for families, a common platform for sharing experiences

Health
Robotel Turkey Association

Children reach their robohands with Robotel Turkey Association

Health
Leyla'dan Sonra

Leyla'dan Sonra realizes the dreams of children who undergo medical treatment

Health
Belki de Sensin

Donate stem cell and save life!

Social Justice
Tolga Öztorun

Tolga Öztorun Protects Street Animals

Social Justice
Şahhanım Kanat

Şahhanım Kanat Helps Families Face the Challenge of Urban Migration

Social Justice
Guide Dogs Association of Turkey

According to Ministry of Family and Social Policies, there are 750 thousands of persons in Turkey with visual disabilities including persons with low vision. Lawyer Nurdeniz Tuncer...

Health
Kamil Çetin Oraler

Kamil Ç. Oraler is a microbiologist with Ph.D. and established Kadıköy Health and Education Center Foundation (KASEV) with other volunteers in 1986.

Health
Ertuğrul Sabah

Ertuğrul Sabah Developed Mobile Health Services for People with Mental Disabilities

Social Justice
Yağmur Özgür Güven – Anti-Vivisection Association

Yağmur Özgür Güven continues to work in Anti-Vivisection Association, of which she has been among the founders since 2019.

Civic Participation
Fixers Club

Fixers Club has repaired 60 streets in different cities of Turkey with more than 1,000 volunteers with the motto of "to repair, to produce and to share".

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".

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