Dreams wins gold

01 Jul 2009


The Dreams Academy Project was awarded the Golden Compass Award in the Non-governmental Organization (NGO) category by the Turkish Public Relations Association (TUHİD) in the 8th Golden Compass Public Relations Competition. 

New Horizons - Speaking on the reception of the award, Vodafone Turkey Foundation’s chairman Rengin Onay underlined that being awarded Golden Compass was not only important for the foundation but also a great motivational factor for the socially and physically disabled youth. Onay continued: The Dreams Academy is a project where common dreams are realized. As the Vodafone Turkey Foundation, we are exteremely happy to recieve the award for the project which instills a sense of civil society, volunteerism, sharing, accepting differences, problem solving, and productivity into the core of life. I give my sincere gratitude to those who have contributed to this project.”

Developed under the partnership of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Alternative Life Association (AYDER) to support the disabled youth’s contribution to social life and encourage them for employment the Dreams Academy, an international social awareness project consisting of rhythm, dance, drama, movie, photography, DJing, instrument playing, painting and design workshops, is funded by Turkey Vodafone Foundation. The trainings at the Dreams Academy are organized in places designated by the Beşiktaş Municipality. 

The Alternative Life Association (AYDER) is founded as a continuation of Alternative Camp Project launched in 2002. The Project to which more than 600 national and international volunteers have contributed in the last 5 years, has been beneficial to approximately 2,500 handicapped individuals. The association aims to create alternative solutions for all of Turkey's disabled population by producing innovative and sustainable projects to reach a "barrier free Turkey". AYDER is the first non-governmental organization to sign the United Nations Global Compact.

Since its establisment in 2002, the Vodafone Group Foundation helps underprivileged children by delivering aid in the form of disaster reliefs, sports and music initiatives through distinctive projects. Vodafone’s 23 local foundations worldwide have invested over 100 million pounds in such projects. Founded in May 2007 and based in Istanbul, Vodafone Turkey Foundation is carrying out social investment policies in line with the principles of the Vodafone Group Foundation. Vodafone Turkey Foundation is a part of Vodafone’s promise to be a responsible global citizen and a member of the global community. With a vision that involves being the most respected corporate foundation in Turkey by making effective social investments, the mission of Vodafone Turkey Foundation is to contribute to the development of Turkish society and leverage living standards.