“A child’s smile is worth more than everything in the world.”
The scenarist of popular TV series of recent years such as Yaprak Dökümü, Aşk-ı Memnu, Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne, Kuzey Güney and Medcezir, Melek Gençoğlu is at the same time one of the donators of Darüşşafaka.
“I chose Darüşşafaka to donate for children because I know where my donation goes and I trust Darüşşafaka as an institution.”
The scenarist of popular TV series of recent years such as Yaprak Dökümü, Aşk-ı Memnu, Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne, Kuzey Güney and Medcezir, Melek Gençoğlu is like a “fairy godmother” who likes children so much and supports Darüşşafaka from the heart. Being a “Parent Donator” by covering the education needs of a student who is studying at Darüşşafaka, for one year within the scope of the “Darüşşafaka Seeks Its Parents” programme, Gençoğlu offers her support on every occasion. Being a volunteer ambassador of Darüşşafaka in the television world, she at the same time gives a place to the introduction of Darüşşafaka in the series the scenario of which are written by her. Through Gençoğlu who made an announcement of the Darüşşafaka Entrance Exam, a lot of students who have the necessary requirements to apply for the exam and a lot of people who believe in the mission of equality of opportunities in education of Darüşşafaka have been reached. Considering the power that television has gained today, this meaningful support makes her the parent of all Darüşşafaka students, not just of one. She already says “I feel as if all 945 students in Darüşşafaka were my children. A child’s smile is worth more than everything in the world.”
“I completely trust Darüşşafaka”
Saying that she has known about Darüşşafaka since her childhood, she shares that her uncle with whom she unfortunately did not have the chance to meet, had studied at Darüşşafaka. Saying “I chose Darüşşafaka to donate for children because I know where my donation goes and I trust Darüşşafaka as an institution.” she adds “I wanted my children to study with whatever opportunities that I could afford so far and did not let them be deprived of anything. However, there are a high number of children who are deprived of those opportunities in our country… Darüşşafaka provides these children just what they need. Do you know what impressed me the most about Darüşşafaka?
I read in the newspaper that Darüşşafaka assumed to the responsibility of taking care of girls whose fathers died on a wedding day massacre in Bilge Village of Mardin. After that incident, I began to donate to Darüşşafaka on a regular basis.” Sharing that making children happy makes her glad as well Gençoğlu, never giving up supporting Darüşşafaka, shares her feelings with us “It is necessary to do something for these children. I wish everyone did. I am ready to give any kind of support that I can manage.”
“I feel as if all 945 students in Darüşşafaka were my children.”
“I am attached to Darüşşafaka from the heart. I feel as if all 945 students in Darüşşafaka were my children because they are the children of this country… A child’s smile is worth more than everything in the world.” she says and makes them smile. “I want them to have a good education and to be loyal to their country. The first year when my elder son went to the USA, there was published a news on the Republic Day in Hurriyet New York with the title “Aytuğ Gençoğlu told the Americans about Atatürk and the Republic on 29th of October.” with a picture of him on the rostrum having a huge Turkish flag on the one side and the picture of Atatürk on the other … That moment was incredible for me. I said to myself “He has been worth to all my efforts”. Lastly, she said “I am feeling relieved as I have educated my children. I am sure that you will also do the same and our 945 children know this as well. My mind is at peace about it.”