"81 Provinces, 81 Students" Project with İşbank
Initiated on 3 September 2008 as a collaboration between İşbank and Darüşşafaka Society, the "81 Provinces, 81 Students" project is still alive and is now one of the longest-standing educational projects in Turkey. According to the format of the project, education expenses (as well other expenses such as clothing, food, accommodation, and stationery) of 81 students who succeed in Darüşşafaka's exam are fully paid by İşbank. Also as part of this project, Darüşşafaka students who go on to university continue to receive İşbank's support via scholarship.
Photo: Signature ceremony; Ersin Özince, then-General Manager of İşbank; Beşir Özmen, then-Member of Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society; Caner Çimenbiçer, then-President of Board of Directors of İşbank; and Zekeriya Yıldırım, then-President of Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society
The resources created by İşbank through "81 provinces, 81 students" project have meant that Darüşşafaka's efforts reach even more children. Darüşşafaka Schools' student capacity has gradually increased Having hosted 748 students in the 2006/07 academic year, Darüşşafaka hosted a total of 934 students in 2019/20. With this project, which enables Darüşşafaka Schools to accept students from different provinces throughout Turkey, Darüşşafaka was able to commence the "Expansion to Anatolia" movement. Since 2008 when the project started, approximately 70% of new Darüşşafaka students come from Anatolia, and 30% come from Istanbul.
The "81 Provinces, 81 Students" project has contributed greatly to the increased quality of education at Darüşşafaka Schools. There are now more diverse club activities by which to develop the social and scientific levels of our students, and through these value-added studies in education, our students have recorded significantly more academic and social accomplishments.
The Project supporting 603 students in 2019-2020 academic year started to produce its first graduates in 2017. Again in 2019-2020 academic year, 87 graduates of Darüşşafaka continued their university education with the support of İşbank.
The Project aims to support our students also in their university education.
Operating as one of Turkey’s longest-standing social responsibility projects and with exceptional added value, "81 Provinces, 81 Students" won a gold award at the 2012 International Stevie Awards for Europe's Social Responsibility Program of the Year. Additionally, the project won the Corporate Social Responsibility, Education category, in Turkey’s Golden Compass Public Relations Awards and was a finalist in the European Excellence Awards, Turkey category.
The roots of the Darüşşafaka-İşbank collaboration date back to 1939, the year of the Erzincan earthquake. After the earthquake, İşbank undertook all education expenses for 83 children who were accepted to Darüşşafaka, and these two rooted organizations have been brightening the futures of students ever since.
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TEKFEN Eğitim, Sağlık, Kültür, Sanat ve Doğal Varlıkları Koruma Vakfı (TEKFEN Education, Health, Culture, Art and Natural Assets Protection Foundation) has met all education expenses of our 24 students enrolled in Darüşşafaka Secondary School in 2018-2019 academic year for a period of four years. The Foundation saw its scholars out to Darüşşafaka High School in 2021-2022 academic year.
Yüce Oto is supporting our machine learning and artificial intelligence-focused coding class at high school level in our schools in the year 2021.
As a result of cooperation established between Darüşşafaka Society and KPMG Turkey, offering audit, tax and consulting services, the company has met all education expenses of our three students in 2021-2022 academic year.
Tahincioğlu Gayrimenkul Yatırım ve İnşaat A.Ş.
As a result of cooperation established between Darüşşafaka Society and Tahincioğlu İstinye Joint Venture, the company is going to support the education expenses of our 172 students in 2022-2023 academic year with a view to expressing its thanks to 172 homeowners who have bought houses from it.
PwC Turkey, creating value in audit, consulting and tax services areas, is going to meet all education expenses of our 2 students starting their education journey in the 5th class in 2021-2022 academic year in Darüşşafaka Education Institutions for a period of 8 years in the memory of “Bilgütay Yaşar”.
Türkiye Insurance has secured the health of Darüşşafaka students through its Complementary Health Insurance in the year 2022.
Offering outpatient and inpatient treatment opportunities to Darüşşafaka students through its Complementary Health Insurance, Türkiye Insurance has been one of the important supporters of our “equal opportunities in education” mission with its motto of using its strength for the good.
Doğuş Group continues to support Darüşşafaka
Doğuş Group contributed to the construction of the Ayhan Şahenk Arena, home to Darüşşafaka Basketball Team since 1995, and open for use by Daçka students as well.
Doğuş Group, having contributed to the construction of Ayhan Şahenk Arena inside Darüşşafaka Schools' Campus, contributes also to Turkish sports through its continuous support. The arena, built to international standards such as a seating capacity for 3,500 spectators, hosts sporting events as well as artistic and cultural activities. The arena’s facilities are also available to Darüşşafaka students for free and without limit, and it is the home of all matches of Darüşşafaka Basketball Team since 1995.
The tight links between Darüşşafaka and Doğuş Group are continuing by gaining strength with Darüşşafaka Doğuş Basketball Branch collaboration established between Darüşşafaka Society, Darüşşafaka Sports Club and Doğuş A.Ş. in 2014.
With this collaboration initiated in 2013 between Darüşşafaka Sports Club and Doğuş Group and concerning closely not only Darüşşafaka Family, but also the Turkish basketball, it is decided to rename Team A and Groundwork Team of Darüşşafaka Sports Club Basketball Branch as “Darüşşafaka Doğuş” for a term of 25 years composed of 15 years + 10 years as an option. We believe that Darüşşafaka Basketball Team, which played in the 1st League for long years and was the champion in Turkey for two consecutive years at the beginnings of 1960s, will again storm through basketball with the help of this collaboration.
Within the frame of the Protocol, it is intended to achieve great successes with Darüşşafaka Men’s Basketball Teams under the name of “Darüşşafaka Doğuş” by keeping the traditional green-black colours of Darüşşafaka Sports Club, to create successful teams with a “fair play” based sports approach, to ensure that students of Darüşşafaka Schools also participate in groundworks in the new sports organisation, to make Doğuş contribute to education expenses of Darüşşafaka students as a social responsibility project, and to modernize and renew Darüşşafaka Ayhan Şahenk Sports Hall.
Darüşşafaka Doğuş Basketball Team gave the best gift to Darüşşafaka Sports Club Family in its 100th anniversary by being promoted to the 1st League after signature of the collaboration protocol.
There are no limits to creativity! We welcome your suggestions for how we can start thinking and acting together.
Teknosa transformed the designs of Darüşşafaka students into wrapping paper.
With Darüşşafaka wrapping papers you can buy from Teknosa stores, you may also support our mission of “equality of opportunities in education”.
In 2009, Teknosa put its signature on a different social responsibility project transforming the creativity of Darüşşafaka students into product. In the Project started on 5 December 2009, Daçka students came together with the designer Emre Senan. Under the directions of Senan, students put their dreams on paper, and created extremely interesting designs by using different materials. Those selected from among the designs put into digital media by Senan are transformed into souvenir wrapping paper. Offering the souvenir wrapping papers composed of designs created by Darüşşafaka students in its stores all over Turkey, Teknosa is continuing to donate the proceeds of sale of them to Darüşşafaka.
In addition, in St. Valentine’s Day of 2010, Teknosa produced Teknosa Gift Cards of 50, 100 and 250 TL created by designs of students of Darüşşafaka Schools, and donated to Darüşşafaka a part of 1 percent of the proceeds of sale of these gift cards.
There are no limits to creativity! We welcome your suggestions for how we can start thinking and acting together.
From Damat Tween: “Gift for Your Father, and Future for Them”
Damat Tween is continuing a social responsibility project titled “Gift for your Father, and Future for Them” in the Father’s Day since the year 2010 for the benefit of students of Darüşşafaka.
Damat Tween, a leading menswear trademark of Turkey, is continuing its social responsibility project initiated in the year 2010 for the Father’s Day for the benefit of students of Darüşşafaka.
For each item purchased from its stores during the project, Damat Tween is making donation of a certain amount to Darüşşafaka.
A meaningful support of Siemens to education
Acting as a leader in establishment of Mechatronics Club in Darüşşafaka Shools, Siemens is continuing to contribute to education of our students also with the engineering support given to the Robot Club.
In order to enable Darüşşafaka students to put their science class learning into practice, Siemens established the "Mechatronics Club" bringing together mechanics, physics and information technology.
Siemens further assumed the sponsorship in 2014 of Darüşşafaka Robot Club “Sultans of Türkiye” participating in FRC Robot Contest organised in Chicago, U.S.A. since some time, and gave engineering support to our students at the robot production stage.
Mehmet Zorlu Foundation
A thank you certificate is presented to İbrahim İnceçam, Member of Executive Committee of Mehmet Zorlu Foundation which became a "Double Major Donor" in the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians" campaign in 2012.
With its supports to education, Pegasus Airlines became one of Graduate Donors of Darüşşafaka
Apart from transferring to our Society’s Soma Donation Fund the registration fees collected from job applications in the job application process, Pegasus Airlines become one of Graduate Donors of our Society under the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians" program by meeting education expenses of 1 student for 10 years.
A thank you certificate issued to the name of Pegasus Airlines is presented by Fırat Tekin, Vice President of Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society to Sertaç Haybat, General Manager of Pegasus Airlines.
In addition, by round-trip flight tickets donated in 2014, Pegasus brought our 100 students together their families in summer holiday.
Memory of Özlem İmece is Honored with Darüşşafaka
MasterCard created a fund in Darüşşafaka in the memory of Özlem İmece who died in 2013 after working as MasterCard Southeast Europe General Manager until the year 2010. Inviting all of its business partners to give support to “Donation Fund in the Memory of Özlem İmece”, MasterCard doubled up the financial contributions made by its employees.
Who is Özlem İmece?
After starting her Professional career in credit marketing department of Yapı Kredi Bank, Özlem İmece started to work in Ankara Sheraton Hotel. Then, she worked as marketing manager in the Interbank Card Centre before joining MasterCard family in 1997. Two years after, when she was only 30, İmece is promoted to General Manager, thus becoming one of the youngest general managers of MasterCard, and later, she is appointed as MasterCard Southeast Europe General Manager. In September 2010, after being appointed as MasterCard Europe Innovative Platforms Head and serving as an advisor in MasterCard organisation a short time thereafter, İmece started to head innovation activities of 51 countries, also including the innovation teams in Belgium, Great Britain and USA. She served as MasterCard Southeast Europe General Manager until 2010. Then, she lost her life on 25 April 2013 when she was 44, being unable to recover from leucemia she fought for two years.
MasterCard continued its support to Özlem İmece Donation Fund by presenting the gifts produced by designs of Darüşşafaka students to its employees and business partners in the year 2014 as well.
“Double happiness” in religious holidays with BKM Express
Within the frame of collaboration initiated with BKM Express in 2014, our donors are enabled to make their donations to our Society through BKM Express as well. By crowning this collaboration with “co-donation” campaigns organised for Ramadan and Sacrifice Feasts, BKM Express made an additional donation to Darüşşafaka for each first donation made through BKM Express throughout the term of this campaign.
No commission is charged over donations made through BKM Express introduced by the Interbank Card Centre, being a non-profit-oriented organisation. By choosing BKM Express in Darüşşafaka online donation pages, with the credit or debit card of your bank, you can easily become a member of BKM Express and make your donation.
Support from Chinese Consulate and ICBIA to Darüşşafaka
Champions of the future in table tenis to be raised in Darüşşafaka
Consulate of the People’s Republic of China and Istanbul Chinese Businessmen and Industrialists’ Association (ICBIA) became the main sponsor of the Table Tennis Club of Darüşşafaka Schools. The launching ceremony of collaboration established between Consulate of the People’s Republic of China and ICBIA on one side and Darüşşafaka Society on the other side for instilling table tennis love and reviving table tennis spirit in Darüşşafaka Schools is organized in Darüşşafaka Ayhan Şahenk Sports Hall in Darüşşafaka Schools campus on 19 December 2018. With this collaboration, not only the table tennis equipments are fully renewed in the school, but also Merve Menge (Meng Li Wang), a Chinese origin former national sportswoman who has assumed different positions in our country since long years and is now the Trainer of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Table Tennis Women’s Team A, is appointed as trainer and coach of Darüşşafaka students.
Darüşşafaka is one of the NGO stakeholders of the First Opportunity Program aiming to assure equality of opportunity in employment of the graduates of lesser-known state universities.
With P&G Turkey, dreams of our children are fulfilled
Procter & Gamble Turkey, together with Darüşşafaka, commenced in 2009 a long-term social responsibility project, "From Dream to Reality," which aims to raise the leaders of tomorrow and turn their dreams into reality.
Through the "From Dream to Reality" project, Procter & Gamble (P&G) Turkey offers the opportunity to uncover the potential of children in many areas such as art, sports, science and culture. In accordance with the project, Darüşşafaka students receive training to develop their project management and leadership qualities and undertake projects designed to assist poor children in Turkey.
Disclosed to the public at a press conference organised in Darüşşafaka on 3 November 2009, the project realised the first dream of Darüşşafaka students in 2010 with the opening of From Dream to Reality - Fatih Gökmen Planetarium at Darüşşafaka Schools' Campus. With open access for all students, the planetarium enabled more than 10 thousands of children from all over Turkey to learn more about astronomy.
The second dream of Darüşşafaka students who wished to perpetuate Turkey's cultural values via the project was also realised with photography trips to the Turkish cities of Amasra, Hasankeyf, Istanbul, Mardin, and Safranbolu. Photographs of Turkey taken by students were publicly exhibited in the “From Dream to Reality - Future Heritage Photo Exhibition” which saw Turkey's cultural values portrayed in photo frames.
Being one of the regular supporters of education in Darüşşafaka, P&G further made valuable contributions to our fund created under the name of Darüşşafaka Soma Donation Fund after the tragic accident in Soma in 2014, together with its employees through an inhouse information.
TÜYAP to graduate 24 Darüşşafaka students
Turkey’s pioneering organization representing fairs and exhibitions, TÜYAP will undertake in the 2012-2013 academic year all education-related expenses for 24 Darüşşafaka students for 10 years between fourth grade through to graduation. The project will also allow Darüşşafaka students to attend TÜYAP's fairs and activities whenever they wish, thus having the chance to get to know new sectors and professions.
Kahve Dünyası carried the dreams of Darüşşafaka students to coffee cups, vacuum-flasks and chocolate boxes
With Darüşşafaka coffee cups, vacuum-flasks and chocolates you purchase from Kahve Dünyası stores, you may also give support to our “equality of opportunity in education” mission.
Under the Project aiming to reveal the creativity of students and make them live the happiness of transforming their designs into product, Darüşşafaka students put the designs in their dreams on paper under guidance of industrial designer Yeşim Bakırküre. Designs selected from among the drawings of students are used on coffee cups and vacuum-flasks, and these coffee cups and vacuum-flasks bearing the names of designing students are offered for sale in Kahve Dünyası. Proceeds of sale of these coffee cups and vacuum-flasks produced under this long-term project are being donated to Darüşşafaka.
Also in 2014, at the New Year’s Day and April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, Kahve Dünyası cooperated with Darüşşafaka students and carried very beautiful designs of them onto the cholocate boxes. A part of proceeds of sale of these chocolate boxes in Kahve Dünyası stores is being donated to Darüşşafaka. This Project does not only make Darüşşafaka students happy by transforming their designs into products, but also creates a financial source for their education.
Yapı Kredi Employees
Support by Yapı Kredi Employees to Darüşşafaka
While Yapı Kredi employees support Darüşşafaka with their donations, Yapı Kredi Insurance employees are meeting with students in week-end activities organised since 2009, thus helping them to have more active and high-quality free time.
The project is opening up new different windows in the lives of Darüşşafaka students who cannot visit their homes at weekends. Thanks to support from Yapı Kredi Insurance employees, students spent their weekends visiting museums, taking environmental trips, and taking part in various other social and cultural activities.
“Smart Class” from Samsung to Darüşşafaka
In tandem with its vision of meeting the youth and children with technology-supported contemporary education opportunities, Samsung put into practice Samsung Smart School in Darüşşafaka.
Offering a visual and audio technology supported interactive learning environment to students in collaboration with Darüşşafaka Schools, Samsung brought 2 smart classes to our school in the year 2014. Thanks to the smart class application, our teachers also speeded up their content development works.
Fikret Yüksel Foundation
Darüşşafaka students are riding high in the robot contests organised by the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) with the support of Fikret Yüksel Foundation since 2008-2009 academic year.
Students of two robot clubs established at secondary and high school levels with the support of Susan Burchard, daughter of the deceased Fikret Yüksel (DŞ ‘41), founder of Fikret Yüksel Foundation, are representing our school and country in the best manner possible with international achievements attained till date.
The contests organised by FIRST every year aim to increase the creativity and awareness of students in science and technology fields.
Darüşşafaka Robot Club, founded in 2007, is working for the contests organised by FIRST under the name of FIRST Lego League (FLL).
FLL is an international contest program created for students in 9-16 age group and managed by the partnership of FIRST and LEGO. Teams, composed of 5-10 students successful in such issues as team building, problem solution, creativity and analytical thinking, work for new robot designs announced by FLL in September every year. FLL allows the children to put their own theories and ways of solution into practice. Mission of FIRST LEGO League program is to make the children live a didactic adventure so as to instill the science and technology love in them.
After winning the second prize in Project Branch in FLL World Championship in 2010, the club students also won the Jury’s Award in the year 2012. Darüşşafaka students are granted the Jury’s Award by showing a successful teamwork with their “Food Factor” theme projects, and both competed with 77 teams from 33 different countries and won a great many of new friends from different cultures during the contest of three days.
Robot and Mechatronic Club, founded at high school level in the year 2011, is carrying out works for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) contest organised again by FIRST.
FRC is an international robot contest organised for the youth. This global contest aims to enable the youth to further develop their creativity and engineering skills. The contest is organised among teams of high school students. In FRC, every year, a different task is entrusted to teams, and teams are expected to design robots fit to said task. The selected task is announced on NASA TV in the first Saturday of January every year, and then, the teams are given a time of 6 weeks for robot designing purposes.
Teams of Darüşşafaka students, participating in FRC contests, have both become the Champion of Turkey, and won the Best Project, Best Robotic Performance, Best Presentation and Best Teamwork awards since 2010 till date.
A thank you plaquette is presented to Fikret Yüksel Foundation which became one of our Founder Donors being the highest level that can be reached in the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians" campaign with its donations made till date. The plaquette is delivered to Susan Burchard, daughter of Fikret Yüksel and President of Fikret Yüksel Foundation, and to her husband Gary Burchard, in the name of the deceased Fikret Yüksel.
Doğuş Customer Systems
New Year’s Day Shopping Feast by Doğuş Customer Systems fort he Benefit of Darüşşafaka
Having donated to Darüşşafaka Society the proceeds of entrance fees for New Year’s Day Shopping Feast organised in 2013, Doğuş Customer Systems continued its support for education also in the year 2014.
The feast visited by around 2,000 people every year creates an early New Year’s Day with products and services offered by around 100 brands.
A thank you certificate is presented by Tunçer Gömeçli, Member of Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society, to İzi Adato, Member of Board of Directors of Doğuş Customer Systems which became one of our Graduate Donors within the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians" campaign with its donations made till date.
Support from TAV Group to Darüşşafaka students
TAV Group employees and Darüşşafaka students collaborated in organisation of a photo exhibition named “My Job, My School” in the year 2012.
The "My Job, My School" exhibition is the product of a six-month long efforts of 17 members of the TAV Workshop Photography Club along with 20 students from Darüşşafaka Schools' Photography Club.
The project saw Darüşşafaka students visiting Istanbul Atatürk Airport for two days, photographing the airport’s terminal and other areas while also catching a glimpse of airport management. Subsequently, TAV Workshop members visited Darüşşafaka Schools to go back in time to their school years through photographs, shooting various places at the school including the art workshops, the library and the sports arena.
These photos made up the "My Job, My School" exhibition which is opened at the TAV Gallery Istanbul inside Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 9 October 2012.
TAV Group became one of our "Double Major Donors" in the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians" campaign and further made valuable contributions to our fund created under the name of Darüşşafaka Soma Donation Fund after the tragic accident in Soma in 2014, together with its employees through an inhouse information.
Bags produced by using the designs created by students of Darüşşafaka Schools within the frame of a social responsibility project realized by CarrefourSA together with Darüşşafaka Society are offered for sale in CarrefourSA hypermarkets all over Turkey.
All proceeds of sale of these bags offered for sale in CarrefourSA hypermarkets all over Turkey at a price of 3 TL per bag will be used for education of students of Darüşşafaka Schools.
Henkel opens the first centre of Discovery World in Turkey in Darüşşafaka
Children to learn science by having fun in Darüşşafaka
Within its “Discovery World” project realized in collaboration with the Creative Children Association in our country since 2015 in order to endear science to children and enable them to learn with fun, Henkel opened its first centre in Turkey, being the third in the world, in Darüşşafaka Schools. The centre is opened with a ceremony organised in Darüşşafaka Maslak campus on 11 December 2018.
The chemistry laboratory opened by Henkel in Darüşşafaka Schools is the first centre in Turkey, being the third in the world, of Discovery World realized in 9 countries as of today. In the lab, science workshops will be organised for students by the Creative Children Association and teachers of Darüşşafaka Schools all year long. In addition, the centre will also be open to other schools wishing to participate in Discovery World project by sending students for it. Different schools may freely particihate in Discovery World science workshop on Mondays and Tuesdays by getting an appointment via firstname.lastname@example.org address. The lab is expected to give practical science education to 3 thousand 500 students a year, together with Darüşşafaka students. Discovery World Project designed by Henkel in order to develop the ability of the next generations to perceive environment, science and technology, is to be continued with science workshop and laboratory Works and activities organised in schools, etc. platforms, as was done since 2015, with the intention of developing the discovery curiosity of children and firing the science excitement in Turkey.
Tema Mağazacılık donated TL 100,000 to become a "Graduate Donor" at the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians" campaign. Supporting the "Darüşşafaka Seeks Guardians” campaign, Tema Mağazacılık became a "Graduate Donor" by undertaking the educational expenses of one student for 10 years.
HSBC Bank provides 10-month university scholarships to 45 Darüşşafaka graduates. Kicking off a collaborative project in accordance with corporate social responsibility principles, HSBC Bank provided 10-month university scholarships to 45 Darüşşafaka graduates in the 2011-2011 academic year. In accordance with Darüşşafaka Schools Scholarship Regulation, HSBC will now provide in the 2012-2013 academic year 10-month scholarships to 60 of our graduates.
Boeing Turkey renewed all computer and technical hardware for Darüşşafaka Schools’ IT classes. Withone computer for every six students, Darüşşafaka offers IT classes each year from the fourth grade through graduation. In these classes, students create projects by themselves and access information through the Internet and education software. Renovating the IT classes at Darüşşafaka Schools, Boeing Turkey allows our students access to cutting-edge technology.
One of the world’s leading healthcare companies Sanofi Aventis dedicated the "Sanofi Aventif Science & Tech Lab" on 22 November 2010 as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility endeavours. Providing Darüşşafaka students with the opportunity to convert theoretic knowledge into experimental studies, the lab also offers interactive education through its smart board. In addition, Sanofi-Aventis employees committed to becoming supporters of the corporate volunteering project which was begun in 2009 by Darüşşafaka with the aim of enabling permanent students to spend their weekends with various role models. As part of the project, Sanofi-Aventis's volunteering employees brought colour to Darüşşafaka students’ weekends during three different events: a Spanish Circus, ice skating, and a trip to Istanbul’s Maiden's Tower.
One of the world's notable technology companies, EMC renovated our school's Science & Tech Lab. Fully renovated by EMC, which is known for its education-related social responsibility projects, the Science & Tech Lab of Darüşşafaka Schools opened on 29 May 2012. Providing Darüşşafaka students with easy access to science and technology, the laboratory stands out with its state-of-the-art technology.
One of the pioneering system integrators of the IT sector, Datateknik is among the strategic supporters of Darüşşafaka Schools in terms of hardware. Datateknik donated 115 computers to Darüşşafaka in 2012, renewing existing computer labs and creating new studying areas. Also contributing to the information technology infrastructure of the campus, Datateknik, will prepare long-term projects that will help Darüşşafaka students to develop technical knowledge and skills.
Kiğılı donated to Darüşşafaka part of the revenue derived from Kiğılı Card transactions between 1 and 15 January. Well-known menswear brand, Kiğılı, donated to Darüşşafaka Society 10 TL for every 500 TL transaction and 20 TL for every 1,000 TL transaction conducted by customers using a Kiğılı Card between 1 and 15 January. As part of the campaign, Kiğılı also presented its customers conducting transactions in excess of these limits with donation certificates bearing their names on them.
İstikbal Furniture meets the furniture needs of Darüşşafaka, particularly student dormitories. Turkey’s leading furniture brand, İstikbal Furniture, donated furniture valued at more than 100.000 TL, mainly for student dormitories but also for other areas of the campus.
Johnson Wax AŞ
A corporate sponsor and project partner since 2010, Johnson Wax AŞ continues its support for Darüşşafaka. Owner of international brands such as Raid, Pronto, Mr Muscle, Duck, Baygon, and Glade, Johnson Wax AŞ continues its commitment to Darüşşafaka students. Johnson Wax AŞ, beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, supported Darüşşafaka's corporate volunteering projects which enabled boarding students from outside of Istanbul to spend their weekends with various role models. As a result, Johnson Wax AŞ employees and Darüşşafaka students were able to spend quality time together on weekends. The company also facilitated the insulation and 2011-2012 academic year completion of Darüşşafaka Girls Students' Dorm, thus enabling our sixth grade students to join the Inventors' Workshop in 2012-2013.
JP Morgan supported Darüşşafaka's project "Teachers as Lifelong Learners" from 2008 to 2011. Providing top-quality education to students and continuing its commitment to the continuous development of its teachers, Darüşşafaka began in 2008 the "Teachers as Lifelong Learners" project. JP Morgan was the largest supporter of the project which aims to increase Darüşşafaka teachers' professional competency to even higher levels. The project was supported for three years by JP Morgan, which adopts a principle of investing in economic opportunities, development projects and environmental programs that support the development of societies. Project trainings were provided by The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), two organizations known as pioneers of international education initiatives.
Supporting Darüşşafaka's students, teachers and guardians through educational programs such as "Safe Use of the Internet" and "Innovative Teachers," Microsoft Turkey also contributes licensed Microsoft products. Microsoft Turkey implemented the first stage of the "Safe Internet Project" on 13 September 2011Offering an enjoyable learning environment through a web-based game for both students and their guardians, Microsoft Turkey repeated the seminars for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders that same year. Offering the "Innovative Teachers" training for our teachers, Microsoft Turkey also collaborates with us at the "Dream School" project together with Young Guru Academy.
Turkey's innovative Internet Service Provider, Turkcell Superonline, provided Darüşşafaka with a free fiber Internet infrastructure. Facilitating Darüşşafaka campus with fiber Internet, Turkcell Superonline continues its support for Darüşşafaka.
Düzey Pazarlama A.Ş.
As a continuously operating boarding school, Darüşşafaka not only provides a high quality education but also offers students an environment for healthy growth. For example, every night before they go to bed, primary school students are offered milk donated by Koç Holding’s Düzey Pazarlama A.Ş.
Revenue from the book, "Say 'OK Mum' for once," prepared in collaboration with electronics & home appliances brand Profilo and Doğan Egmont Publishing, is being donated to Darüşşafaka. Prepared in collaboration with Profilo and Doğan Egmont, the guide book offers useful knowledge and tips to mothers seeking better communication and quality time with their children. The book contains numerous suggestions, for example, for ways to increase the appetite of children who don't want to eat as well as how to encourage children to prepare faster for school in the morning. The revenue obtained from the 160-page book sold at D&R stores is being donated to Darüşşafaka Schools.
Sodexo supported Darüşşafaka with the gifts bestowed to partner schools' students. Bestowing various gifts to partner schools' students every year, Sodexo supported Darüşşafaka with its 2011 presents. Preparing 10,000 pens bearing the Darüşşafaka Society's logo and the "equal opportunities in education" script, Sodexo gave these pens as presents to partnering schools' students throughout the year. Doing so, Sodexo not only contributed to the recognition of Darüşşafaka Society but also supported the education of Darüşşafaka students.
Novartis and the Turkish Pharmacists' Association
Novartis and the Turkish Pharmacists' Association gave their support to our annual nationwide exam based on our principle of equal rights in education. Novartis and the Turkish Pharmacists' Association gave their support in 2010 to our annual nationwide exam based on our principle of equal rights in education, paving the way for us to reach more students. As part of the project, Novartis undertook the publishing of posters and brochures promoting the exam, while the Turkish Pharmacists' Association distributed these materials through pharmacies.
Cosmopolitan magazine supported Darüşşafaka with the 2009 project "Read and make others read." Cosmopolitan magazine carried out a very effective social responsibility initiative with its "Read and make others read" project. The magazine donated 15 percent of its 2009 March revenue to Darüşşafaka.
Opet provided training to Darüşşafaka primary school students as part of the "Clean Toilet Campaign" carried out since 2000.
OPET provided hygiene classes to fourth and fifth grade students of Darüşşafaka Schools during the 2010-2011 academic year as part of the "Clean Toilet Campaign" carried out since 2000. As one of Turkey’s longest-standing social responsibility projects and one that has been carried out at many schools so far, the training was given by OPET Founding Board Member Nurten Öztürk – viewed by Darüşşafaka as a distinct privilege. Previously a teacher and today a successful businesswoman, Nurten Öztürkchose to lead the OPET Training Group instead of entrusting the job to someone else. Opet repeated the hygiene training for the 120 students who began their education at Darüşşafaka in the 2011-2012 academic year.
Eyüp Sabri Tuncer
The prominent cologne brand in Turkey which has existed since the very foundation of the young Republic, Eyüp Sabri Tuncer, created “The Republic’s Smell” cologne in 2013. Eyüp Sabri Tuncer donates all the revenue derived from the sales of this cologne to Darüşşafaka. The cologne is available here.
Turkish Educational Foundation
Thanks to our recent collaboration with the Turkish Educational Foundation (TEF) – a California based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational needs of children from low-income families in Turkey, our US based donors are now able to make a tax-deductable donation to Darüşşafaka by directing their gifts to TEF, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the US, with the tax ID 23-7050060.
Darüşşafaka products, created in order to raise funds for the education of Darüşşafaka students, are sold in the biggest online shopping web site of Turkey, GittiGidiyor.com. If you want to contribute to the mission of “Equality of Opportunity in Education”, you are welcome to the Darüşşafaka Shop on GittiGidiyor.com.
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