Macedonian Turkish children fundraising through GoGetFunding
While we’ve been beating the bushes for funding for 20 scholarships for the Macedonian Turkish children our Children to School program, what have the children been doing?
Its been a cold, wet winter and children in Strumica have both enjoyed the holidays and been busy at their studies. Though it is difficult to get to school during the winter and many of the children live on unpaved streets/alley ways in the Turksko Romski Maalo, (Turkish and Roma neighborhood), these kids have kept their attendance above 95%. They have also continued getting tutoring. Children to School Director Emin, reported that “during the first term of the 2016-2017 school year by helping with their homework, the children each had 40 one-hour lessons and they were helped to study, read and write in Macedonian and Turkish languages”.
Several people have inquired as to why we don’t have more photos of the children we support. Unfortunately, due to safety and security issues, we must be very careful with sharing the children’s photos on Social Media. Some of the children are at risk for abuse from relatives and Macedonia is a TIER 2 source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. According to the US Department of State, the Government of Macedonia is making significant efforts, but does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. We rely on Director Emin to assess those issues regarding the children’s safety and use of photos.
In a recent article in wired.com, high levels of unemployment drive marginalized youth to the grey market and often illegal methods of obtaining money for themselves and their families. In the minority communities of Macedonian Turkish, Roma and Albanian youth, this problem is even more acute than the recent “fake news” stories coming out of towns like Veles.
Our challenge for the 20 Macedonian Turkish children in Strumica that have been selected for the Children to School program, is to equip them and their families with the tools to maintain the admirable aspects of their culture and improve their opportunities for the future, one step at a time.
Thank you for your support through your participation in our Keep Our 20 Kids in School fundraising efforts through GoGetFunding. We raised $4100 during December & January.
In addition our dear FRIEND and supporter Lee Weber raised 8298 MKD ($143 USD) through a Valentine Day campaign in Macedonia. Blagodaram!