IN THIS ISSUE:

Letter from the President
Letter from Ibrahim Betil
May 21st Fundraiser

Together for Dibekduzu
Photos of Life in Anatolia
FOA Banner

ORGANIZATIONAL NEWS

Financial Update
Advisory Council
Volunteer Orientation
Updated Brochure
Donor Roll for Challenge Gift

CULTURAL NEWS

A Turkish Craft
Troy

Did you know that Anatolia
Dish of the Month
Why Learn Turkish


VISION

To create a model for peace and sustainable democracy in the Middle East by encouraging the growth of Turkish civil society.

MISSION

To support the education system in Turkey; to strengthen Turkish nonprofit organizations; and to promote cultural exchange.

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Friends of Anatolia

P.O. Box 20511
Stanford, CA 94309
650-799-3133 (Phone)
650-416-3213 (Fax)
info@friendsofanatolia.org

www.friendsofanatolia.org

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ORGANIZATIONAL NEWS

Financial Update:
Challenge Gift
By Nathaniel Chittenden

As 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!

In 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 17.

Our donor roll now consists of donors from over 70 different households and 5 companies. Thank you for your contributions and support!

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Advisory Council

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 website.

Sema Basol
Ian Hodder
Marla Petal

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Volunteer Orientation

Our next orientation will be held on Sunday, May 29th at 2pm on Stanford campus. Click here for details

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Updated Brochure

We have updated our brochure, please visit our website to see it and feel free to share it with your friends...

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Donor Roll 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
Taverna, Emrah & Ayfer GURES
Nicole & Mark KANDA (*)
Hatice KUEY & Kevin O'LEARY
Friends of Merzifon

$100 - $249
Can & Gulten AKKOC
Nevra AKKOC
Hud ALTAS
Berna ATIK
Michel BAGNAT & Cagla EROGLU
Sema BASOL
Yvan & Joyce BELIVEAU
John & Peggy BLAKE
Efe CAKAREL
Ingrid CARUSO
John CHOU (*)
Cengiz CINNIOGLU & Ayca CUBUKCU
Figen & Mustafa COPUR
Ebru ERDEM
Trish GERBER & Bob SCHEREN
Leyla & Geoffrey HANSON
David LAITIN
Gokhan MERGEN (*)
Halil & Ebru MERSIN
Ceylan ORHUN
John PHILLIPS
Kathleen QUINN
Earl RUPP
Emine Ulku SARITAS
Emel SINGER
Rebecca T. SMITH & Tom S. TSENG
Uygar SUMBUL
Tugsan TOPCUOGLU (*)
Joe WILLIAMS
Zeynep YARSUVAT
Zafer & Ayse ZAMBOGLU

$0 - $99
Harika AHMET
Akin AKTURK
Christopher BUTLER
Lemira CHITTENDEN
Julia COHEN
Deniz DEMIRAY
Lorrie DOUGLAS
Ali Ozer ERCAN
Bulut ERSAVAS
Onur FIDANER
Marc GIMBEL
Christie GOELLER
Maryanne GUCCIARDI
Gulayse INCE
Murat KAYA
Aysen KNAPP
Anne LYNCH
Erkcan OZCAN

Marla PETAL
Neslihan & Ali PINAR
Carlo SCIAMMAS
Nuray & Kagan SENVARDARLI
Jon SWITKES
Josh SWITKES
Yusuf Bahadir TURHAN
Fatih UGURDAG
Eliana VASQUEZ
Ian WEINER
Sel YACKLEY
Taylan V. YILDIZ

(*) Includes company match

Company Matches
Macy's
Qualcomm
Paypal
Peninsula Community Fnd.
Veritas

 

Letter from the President

Once again, I am very excited to share a lot of wonderful news with you.

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 also completed 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 to $10,000 as well as finding a new challenge gift just for this event.

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 and continue to support us.

Warm Regards,

Demet Yezgi

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 for my services and I will not be in the future. I prefer to stay as a volunteer and a donor as long as my dear husband continues to support me:)

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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.

Ibrahim Betil

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May 21st Fundraising Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend the "Youth for Anatolia Support Dinner."

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 here.

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Together for Dibekduzu

Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) is proudly supporting the Dibekduzu School Project by raising funds from its Virgina, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. chapters.

With 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.

We would like to thank them for their efforts.

Bridge 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

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Photos of Life in Anatolia


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.

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FOA Banner

We have designed our first web banners. If you would like to use one of these on your website, please e-mail us.

 

 

CULTURAL ARTICLES

A Turkish Craft
By Ebru Erdem

Ebru is the traditional art of painting on the surface of water, called Turkish marbling in the West. A rectangular 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 transferred from the water surface to the paper. Traditionally, these papers were used in bookbinding or in calligraphy.

Tarakli Ebru from www.geleneksel-ebru.com

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.

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Troy
By Ebru Erdem

If you have not read or heard of the Iliad or the Odyssey by Homer, you must have heard of 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?

Model of the Trojan horse

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!

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Did you know that Anatolia...

Is 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.

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Dish of the month
By Ebru Erdem

Cigkofte—literally raw meatballs—is a specialty of Sanliurfa. Bulgur (cracked wheat) is kneaded with chopped 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. This vegetarian version is a specialty of the Siverek district of Sanliurfa.

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Why Learn Turkish?

Learn modern Turkish and you will be able to communicate with:

* More than 65 Million inhabitants of Turkey

** A few million people indigenous to Northern Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and other parts of the Balkans

*** 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.

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This e-newsletter is prepared by Nathaniel Chittenden and Demet Yezgi.

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