Spring Festival in Van
We organized a Spring Festival in Feyyaz Tokar Education Park of Van on 6th day of June for the children of Van in order to make them leave behind the days full of difficulties after the earthquake in October 23rd and have good time.
The Foundation has carried on its activities since the earthquake occurred on 23 October 2011. First of all, we acknowledge the Province Disaster Coordination Center established in Van that we were ready for every kind of support or help. Accordingly, we open the doors of Van Feyyaz Tokar Education Park for about 400 earthquake victims, with a decision on the earthquake night.
Many of our donators, supporters, employees, volunteers called us, telling that they were ready for support. With the provided supports, we have tried to meet the fundamental needs of totally 3,000 victims, some of who left and some of who newly come.
Since October 23, 8 of our Fireflies were sent to the region. Besides the TEGV activities in Fireflies, the other institutions carrying out activities within the region were also provided to benefit from the place. Later on, in March, we have given start to our activities in Van Feyyaz Tokar Education Park, which were paused because of the earthquake. Of our activity points in Van, Catak Learning Unit began its activities in its new building while the Learning Units in Muradiye and Ercis begin their activities in schools. After the earthquake, we have contacted 2,028 students with our activities in Van; 2,122 students with our Training Units and 16,884 with our Fireflies (Ates Bocekleri), totaling 21,034 students.
Finally, in order that our children can leave behind the days full of difficulties after the earthquake on 23 October and have good time, we organize a Spring Festival. In the festival, where 650 children and 95 volunteers of ours attend, the activities such as face painting, marbling, miniature, origami, flour and salt ceramics, waste material, abstract architecture works and games and sports, young uniforms and basketball volunteers' activities were organized and the shows of illusion, pantomime, and Karagoz-Hacivat were presented.
On behalf of Visa Europe, which is the partner of the social responsibility project in cooperation with our foundation as well as supported our activities in Van after the earthquake, Berna Ülman, the Visa Europe Regional General Manager; Didem Karabuda, the Senior Managing Director in charge of Reputation in Visa Europe; Alev Saman, the Corporate Social Responsibility and Reputation Management Project Director; Fevzi Şengül and İlter Turan, the members of our board of directors and our General Manager Berna Çağatay also attended the festival.