Our Stories

  • Score: Victory of Girls

    Summer 2011. In a low income area of the capital city, Ankara, a 15 year old girl Yasemin was utterly disappointed and scared. Her new step mother did not want to live with her. She was sent to her aunt’s house, additionally, being forced to quit school and to get married to a man who she even did not know the name. Yasemin was supposed to start her high school education in autumn. However the facts she faced seem not to be solved easily, the young girl is being seen as a burden to everyone around her. Yasemin says “If I was a boy, I am sure, things could have been much different.”

  • ‘Future We Want’ in Turkey’s coasts protected

    Mehmet Doğan is a fisherman in Akyaka, a coastal township in southwestern Turkey. He had worries whether he or his children can continue depending on fishing for a decent life as animal species and their habitats are endangered due to over exploitation of resources and overutilization of coastal areas he is living in.

  • Lighting the Way to Sustainability

    Turkey is well known as one of the cradles of human civilization, bridging Europe and Asia. But it is also home to a rich array of plant, animal and other species, with three globally recognized biodiversity hotspots. Caring for its natural resources, in the face of a worldwide decline in species, is a national and global priority.

  • Moving towards climate-friendly development

    Ten years ago, only a dozen Turkish Government officials worked on climate change issues. Today, over 300 officials work in the field, and national policies exist to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

  • Agriculture Against All Odds

    Human bond with soil may at times be challenging and toilsome as it may well be necessary and rewarding. This is the case in Artvin, a place different than the Black Sea climate-wise and geographically.

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