On the first anniversary of February 6th earthquakes, we continue to heal with education

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On the first anniversary of the February 6th earthquakes, one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history, having affected more than 4 million children, Darüşşafaka continues its efforts to be Turkey's "healing school" and to build a solid future for our children affected by the earthquake.

According to official accounts, more than 51 thousand people lost their lives, nearly 110 thousand people were injured, and a total of 13.5 million people, including 4 million children, were affected by Kahramanmaraş-centred earthquakes that took place on 6th February, 2023 and extended over 11 provinces.

As a society pledging to open its doors to children who lost their parents in natural disasters and incidents that deeply shake the society in our country, Darüşşafaka accepted 83 children in the aftermath of the 1939 Erzincan earthquake with the support of Türkiye İş Bankası, 48 children in the aftermath of the 1999 Gölcük earthquake, five children who have survived the incidents in Mardin Bilge Village in 2009, and five children who lost their parents in the Soma mine disaster in 2014.

Taking action immediately after 6th February, 2023 earthquakes, Darüşşafaka Cemiyeti opened up an additional quota for 100 children from the earthquake region in addition to 120 students regularly admitted  each year. Having provided scholarships and distance education to 100 children living in the earthquake region, Darüşşafaka also opened its doors to the siblings of its students from the earthquake region.

“We will continue our journey of healing our children.”

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the earthquake, Oğuz Güleç, Chairperson of the Board of Darüşşafaka Society, made the following remarks:

One year has passed since the most devastating earthquakes in our history occured. Our land was shaken, our houses were destroyed, we lost our lives... But we stood up, we pulled together. We have overcome the difficulties hand in hand and we continue to deal with them.

Having adopted the mission of healing the wounds in the difficult times of our country, we, as Darüşşafaka Society would not allow the future of our children to remain under the rubble.

In keeping with our mission of 'Equality of Opportunity in Education', we have created 120 quotas for 70 provinces and an additional 100 quotas for 11 provinces affected by the disaster immediately after our beautiful country was struck by the disaster.

From that day on, the doors of Darüşşafaka, the 'healing school' of this country, have become the door to hope and future for 100 children from the earthquake region. Now, as they continue their education at our school, we also provide scholarships and distance education to 100 children living in the region, and we promise to provide the same opportunities for our earthquake-affected children again this year.

We have not only supported our students, but also stood by their families. We have provided them with psychological and financial support; we have also opened our doors to the siblings of our students from the region. We also gave scholarships to our graduates affected by the earthquake.

With the help of your support, we will continue our journey of healing our children as we get stronger and grow bigger."

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