I found out through a communique from Filiz Bikmen Bugay ( a true leader for philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in Europe and Turkey) the launch of a new project in Turkey, which I think is worth looking at.
The Sabanci Foundation (where Filiz is Head of Programmes), has just launched a new project called Turkey’s Changemakers, a weekly television program highlighting a new Changemaker from all across Turkey each week.
The first episode (with English subtitles) is about the inspiring story of changemaker Dr. Zeynep Simsek, the Founding Director of the Harran University Medical School Public Health Department. Together with her colleague Dr. Ibrahim Koruk, she dedicated her work to improving health conditions of migrant farm workers which comprise almost 20% of the population in the Southeastern province of Sanliurfa (also known in short as ‘Urfa’). The episode was aired on Sunday 4 October 2009 on CNN Turk.
There is also a Turkey’s Changemakers fan club on Facebook in which each new programme is announced and where comments and suggestions are welcome.
The Sabanci Foundation is currently planning other phases of the ‘Turkey’s Changemakers’ project which will include the publication of a book, a series of DVDs and other initiatives to promote the program. By the way, the foundation was awarded the 2009 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy , launched five years ago by the Network of European Foundations’ Mercator Fund, and aims to reward innovative high-impact European initiatives that illustrate European leadership on global and social issues.