Letter from the President
from Ibrahim Betil
May 21st Fundraiser
Together for Dibekduzu
Photos of Life in Anatolia
Donor Roll for Challenge Gift
A Turkish Craft
Did you know
Dish of the
Why Learn Turkish
a model for peace and sustainable democracy in the Middle East
by encouraging the growth of Turkish civil society.
support the education system in Turkey; to strengthen Turkish
nonprofit organizations; and to promote cultural exchange.
Friends of Anatolia
P.O. Box 20511
Stanford, CA 94309
of the expiration date of Ibrahim Betil's challenge gift, we
have raised $11,711 from
individual donations, pledges and company matches to be used
for general support!
our first newsletter (March 17), we announced that we were
at $5,800. We had raised that amount in five months.
We doubled that amount in one month since March
donor roll now consists of donors
from over 70 different households and 5 companies. Thank you
for your contributions and support!
Our Advisory Council
is a growing family. We have three new people who accepted to
share their experience with us and be our mentors. Please read more about them on our
Our next orientation will be held on
Sunday, May 29th at 2pm on Stanford campus. Click
here for details
We have updated our brochure, please visit
our website to see it and feel free to share it with
for I. Betil Challenge Gift
$1,000 - $2,499
Nathaniel CHITTENDEN & Demet YEZGI (*)
$500 - $999
Bridges of Hope Project, Cigdem A. ACAR
New Kapadokia, Celal ALPAY & Meral GUVENC
Oguzhan ERIS (*)
Michael HOROWITZ (*)
Ayca KAYA & Kristof RICHMOND
Atlantis Development Company, Marc RHODES
$250 - $499
Francine & Eric CHITTENDEN
Emrah & Ayfer GURES
Nicole & Mark KANDA (*)
Hatice KUEY & Kevin O'LEARY
Friends of Merzifon
$100 - $249
Can & Gulten AKKOC
Michel BAGNAT & Cagla EROGLU
Yvan & Joyce BELIVEAU
John & Peggy BLAKE
John CHOU (*)
Cengiz CINNIOGLU & Ayca CUBUKCU
Figen & Mustafa COPUR
Trish GERBER & Bob SCHEREN
Leyla & Geoffrey HANSON
Gokhan MERGEN (*)
Halil & Ebru MERSIN
Emine Ulku SARITAS
Rebecca T. SMITH & Tom S. TSENG
Tugsan TOPCUOGLU (*)
Zafer & Ayse ZAMBOGLU
$0 - $99
Ali Ozer ERCAN
Neslihan & Ali PINAR
Nuray & Kagan SENVARDARLI
Yusuf Bahadir TURHAN
Taylan V. YILDIZ
(*) Includes company match
Peninsula Community Fnd.
Letter from the President
again, I am very excited to share a lot of wonderful news with
The biggest one is that $10,000
challenge gift is completed with a $1,711 surplus as a result
of your support and contributions. This is a very important achievement
for us in terms of building our credibility. Thank you very much! In
this issue, you will find the list of all the donors who contributed
to this match since it started last October.
I also would like to thank our
primary donor Ibrahim Betil for giving us a chance at a very
early stage with his challenge gift. Fortunately, we were able
to prove ourselves. After we pass him the
happy news, he sent us a letter to share with you, please see
his letter below.
Since our last newsletter, we had
our 2nd volunteer orientation and we held our 7th official Board
meeting. We started the nominations for the next Board term
and recruited three more Advisory Council members. We
our search for an insurance plan, continued with the preparations
for our fundraising dinner, and finalized the project plan for
the Dibekduzu Elementary School. This will
be available to you on our website very soon.
The next big thing we will
work to achieve is the May 21st Fundraising Dinner. It is a great
opportunity to bring our friends together and to have fun, but
our main purpose
is to better communicate what we are doing and to raise funds
especially for the Dibekduzu School Project. We
are expecting 125 people to attend and hoping to raise $5,000
$10,000 as well as finding a new challenge gift just for this
I guess this column will not be
enough to tell you all the great things that our wonderful volunteers
are striving for. Thus, please visit our website for more updates
As a personal note, I will be
leaving my job at Stanford University to better serve to the
community by going back to school. I will be
starting a masters
program in Nonprofit Administration at the University of San
Francisco next fall. This will also give me a
chance to spend more time for Friends of Anatolia. I would
like to clearly communicate that I am not being compensated
and I will not be in the future. I prefer to stay as a
volunteer and a donor as long as my dear husband
Letter from Ibrahim Betil
Dear Friends of Anatolia,
I was very happy to have received the news that my initiation of
a gift program had been completely matched with a surplus of $1,700.
This is very good news.
Construction of confidence is not an easy process. It takes years
to build it. It requires that one should develop reliable proofs
of whatever might be required from the community to earn the trust
and confidence of the immediate environment. Directors and volunteers
of Friends of Anatolia have shown an overwhelmingly good performance.
They have been transparent, and had been punctual in following
up and reporting the developments. When I had initiated this matching
gift program, I had my confidence and trust in the board of directors.
They have proved that I was right. I am quite happy that more than
70 donors have shared this good faith.
Now the bigger challenge is to spend it wisely and invest in a
project that shall hopefully create the maximum impact in a distant
corner of Anatolia. Once this is accomplished, we can
all start speculating on the next fund raising program, and hopefully
on a much bigger project.
Well done. I plan to continue supporting Friends of Anatolia with
their well-planned and motivating programs.
May 21st Fundraising
You are cordially
invited to attend the "Youth for Anatolia
Come, join us for a night full of
Turkish food, music, and dance to support a great cause!
For the event details and to purchase
your tickets click
to Turkiye Fund (BTF) is proudly supporting the Dibekduzu School
Project by raising funds from its Virgina, North Carolina,
and Washington D.C. chapters.
the spirit of April 23 Children's Day, BTF would like to be the
principal donor for school supplies and personal needs of the
students at Dibekduzu Elementary.
would like to thank them for their efforts.
to Turkiye Fund (BTF) is a grassroots charitable 501(c)(3)
Organization established in 2003, which is primarily focused
on improving the underprivileged segments of Turkish society. http://www.bridgetoturkiye.org
Photos of Life
Our Advisory Council member Necdet Aydogan has kindly allowed
us to use his art to generate income for our programs. If you would
like to buy
an 8x10 copy for $20 with an original signature of the artist, please
send us an e-mail.
We have designed our
first web banners. If you would like to use one of these on your
website, please e-mail
By Ebru Erdem
Ebru is the traditional art of painting
on the surface of water, called Turkish marbling in the West.
container is filled with water, some organic chemicals are added
to increase the density. Then, dye is dripped on the water and
given patterns. Finally, a piece of paper is laid over the surface
of the water to absorb the dye. When the paper is peeled off
the surface of the water, you have the colorful cloudy patterns
from the water surface to the paper. Traditionally, these papers
were used in bookbinding or in calligraphy.
The word ebru either comes from
the Persian word ebri (cloudy) or the old Turkish phrase ab
ruy (face of the water), it happens
to be a popular Turkish female name as well. You can find more
information and examples of the Turkish art of ebru here.
If you have not read or
heard of the Iliad or the Odyssey by Homer, you must have
Troy, the Brad
Pitt movie. Troy
is the city which could only be conquered with use of a sneaky,
tricky gift—the Trojan horse. Did you know that this
legendary city is located in the Turkish province of Canakkale?
Troy—also called Troya,
Troia, or Truva—is a 4000-year-old settlement. The German
archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the settlement
site in the late 19th
century. Troy is now a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and excavations by an international team
of archeologists continue.
Visitors can see remnants from various layers of the city,
as well as the model of the infamous Trojan horse!
Did you know
the birthplace and home of St. Nicholas - popularly known
as Santa Claus.
Is where Noah's Ark Landed
- at Mount Agri (Ararat) Eastern Turkey.
Has historical relics pertaining
to three of the world's major religions - Christianity,
Judaism, and Islam.
Dish of the
By Ebru Erdem
raw meatballs—is a specialty of Sanliurfa. Bulgur (cracked wheat)
onions and water
until it gets soft. Then
tomato and pepper paste, spices and very finely ground beef are
added. The raw
meat is treated
with spices while kneading the mixture. Lastly, green onions,
fresh mint and parsley are mixed in.
If you are a vegetarian, a no-meat
version also exists, using scrambled eggs instead of meat.
vegetarian version is a specialty of the Siverek district of
Learn modern Turkish and you will
be able to communicate with:
* More than 65 Million inhabitants
** A few million people indigenous
to Northern Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and other parts of the
*** A few million members of recently
founded Turkish communities in Australia, Belgium, Britain, Germany,
Holland and other western countries.
Reference: A. C. Pollard and D.
Pollard "Teach Yourself Turkish" 2002.
is prepared by Nathaniel Chittenden and Demet Yezgi.
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