TİKA'nın desteğiyle Hırvatistan'da İslam kültür merkezi inşa ediliyor

ANKARA (AA) – Türk İşbirliği ve Koordinasyon Ajansı Başkanlığı (TİKA) ile Hırvatistan İslam Birliğinin iş birliğinde Hırvatistan'da "Sisak İslam Kültür Merkezi" inşa ediliyor.

AA muhabirinin TİKA'dan edindiği bilgiye göre, Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ve Hırvatistan Cumhurbaşkanı Kolinda Grabar Kitaroviç'in huzurunda dün imzalanan anlaşmayla, TİKA, Hırvatistan'ın Sisak şehrinde inşa edilen İslam kültür merkezine destek sağlayacak.

Hırvatistan İslam Birliği tarafından Sisak Belediyesinde yer alan Sisak İslam Kültür Merkezinin inşaatına Nisan 2017'de başlandı fakat finansman sıkıntısı ve sahadaki çeşitli zorluklar nedeniyle projenin tamamlanabilmesi için desteğe ihtiyaç duyuldu. Yapılan görüşmeler neticesinde, Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan'ın talimatlarıyla Sisak İslam Kültür Merkezi inşaatının tamamlanması çalışmaları kapsamında, TİKA ve Hırvatistan İslam Birliği arasında iş birliği yapılması kararlaştırıldı.

Dört katlı planlanan İslam Kültür Merkezi 586 kişinin ibadet edebileceği bir cami, çocukların eğitim alabileceği 3 derslik, çok amaçlı toplantı salonu, restoran ve camide görev yapan imamlar için konaklama gibi temel alanlardan oluşuyor.

Proje tamamlandığında Hırvatistan'daki dördüncü İslam kültür merkezi olacak.

Kültür merkezinin temel atma töreni Kasım 2016'da yapıldı ve inşaatına Nisan 2017'de başlandı. 2019 başı itibarıyla projenin yaklaşık yüzde 20'si tamamlandı. TİKA'nın desteğiyle projenin 2020'de bitirilmesi öngörülüyor.

TİKA Başkanı Serdar Çam ve Hırvatistan İslam Birliği (Meşihad) Başkanı Müftü Aziz Hasanoviç, Sisak İslam Kültür Merkezi Projesi kapsamında dün iş birliği mutabakat zaptı imzaladı.

Hırvatistan Cumhurbaşkanı Kitaroviç, İslam Kültür Merkezi projesine ilişkin iş birliği protokolünün imzalanmasından duyduğu memnuniyeti dile getirerek, bu projenin iki ülke arasındaki kültürel diyaloğa yapacağı katkının önemine işaret etmişti.

  • Sisak İslam Birliği

Müslümanların, Hırvatistan'ın Sisak şehrine ilk yerleşmeleri 19. yüzyılda başladı. Hırvatistan İslam Birliği çatısı altında faaliyet gösteren 15 meclisten biri olan ve Sisak İslam Birliği adıyla da bilinen kurum, şehirdeki Müslüman nüfusun artması üzerine 17 Eylül 1967'de kuruldu.

İslam Birliğinin kuruluşunu izleyen ilk yıllarda Müslümanların ibadetlerini evlerinde yapması üzerine 1974'te İslam Birliği resmi olarak mescit, mektep ve imam dairesi niteliği taşıyan 100 metrekarelik bir evi satın alarak faaliyetlerine başladı.

Sisak şehri ve çevresinde yaşayan Müslümanların dini ve sosyal yaşamı bugüne dek bu evde gerçekleşti. Sisak'taki İslam Birliği, kısıtlı imkanlarıyla 1967'den bu yana düzenli olarak gerçekleştirdiği faaliyetlerle aktif ve dinamik bir birlik olarak tanınıyor.

Bölgedeki Müslüman nüfusun artmasıyla İslam Birliğinin faaliyetlerini yürüteceği bir cami ve İslam kültür merkezi inşa edilmesine ihtiyaç duyuldu.

Turkish aid agency opens sports complex in Tanzania

By Enes Canlı

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's state aid agency completed the constructions of basketball and volleyball courts for a high school in Dar Es Salaam province of eastern Tanzania, according to a statement on Wednesday.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said in the statement that Turkish Ambassador in Tanzania Ali Davutoglu, TIKA’s country coordinator Hikmet Ozdenoglu, along with local lawmaker Mussa Azzan Zungu, school staff, students and their families attended the opening ceremony of the facility at Tambaza High School.

Speaking at the ceremony, Zungu thanked Turkey for its support, stating that bilateral relations between Turkey and Tanzania is strengthening each passing day. He also applauded TIKA for giving the opportunity to youngsters exercising in such a modern environment.

A student of the school, Baraka Nikosefa also said: "I have always dreamed of becoming a successful basketball player. With this court, my dream does not seem unreachable. Thank you Turkey.’’

Turkish aid body provides health support in Somaliland

By Muhammet Ikbal Arslan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's state aid agency provided medical equipment to a hospital in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland, according to a statement on Tuesday.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said 216 devices and medical equipment including an ultrasound device, echocardiography equipment, autoclave were provided for the Hargeisa State Hospital, which serves around 3 million patients.

Turkish Ambassador in Mogadishu Mehmet Yilmaz, Somaliland Health Minister Hassan Ismail Yusuf and TIKA's coordinator in Somalia Galip Yilmaz attended the delivery ceremony of the medical supplies.

Speaking at the ceremony, Yusuf said the equipment provided by Turkey will contribute to the people of Somaliland receiving healthcare in much better circumstances.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Yilmaz emphasized the brotherhood between the people of Turkey and Somalia.

He said: “Turkey will continue to increase assistance in the region. We welcome the Somaliland administration deporting the FETO [Fetullah Terrorist Organization] terror group and handing the management of the FETO-linked schools over to the Maarif Foundation.”

Turkey established the Maarif Foundation after 2016 defeated coup attempt to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETO. It also establishes schools and education centers abroad.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkish aid agency helps deaf-mute children in Yemen

            By Shukri Huseyin</p>  <p>ADEN, Yemen (AA) - A Turkish aid agency provided food aid for deaf-mute children in Yemen's Aden province Tuesday.</p>  <p>The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) distributed 500 food aid packages to deaf-mute children at a nursing and rehabilitation center for disabled people.</p>  <p>In a ceremony marking the aid's distribution, AFAD's Yemen representative, Burhan Aslan, said it was part of AFAD's aid campaign in Yemen to distribute a total of 4,500 food aid packages in six provinces.</p>  <p>Also speaking, Yemen's High Relief Committee General Coordinator Jamal Bilfakeh thanked Turkey under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AFAD and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) for providing help to the Yemeni people.</p>  <p>Bilfakeh said it marks the first time that a foreign aid agency has distributed aid to deaf-mute children in Yemen and brought smiles to their faces. </p>  <p>Impoverished Yemen has remained wracked by violence since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country.</p>  <p>The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign -- which still remains underway -- against the rebels.

Turkish agency builds facility for cocoa planters

By Ahmet Furkan Mercan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's state aid agency has built a state-of-the-art facility for cocoa planters in Cameroon's capital Yaounde, it said on Monday.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said in a statement it had built a fermentation and drying facility for the farmers aiming to help them process their products in hygienic conditions.

Nkoudou Jilbere Atouba, a Cameroonian farmer, said that his earnings had increased because of the facility.

According to the statement, in Cameroon more than 600,000 farmers harvest cocoa and 40 percent of the production came from Yaounde.

After TIKA built the facility, farmers reported that they have produced the best quality cocoa.

Cameroon's Cocoa Development Corporation (SODECAO) data shows the country processes about 300,000 tons of cocoa per year.

Turkish aid body provides bus to rehab center in Peru

By Zuhal Demirci

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's state aid agency provided a shuttle bus to a rehabilitation center for homeless children in Peru, according to a statement on Friday.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said the bus was donated to El Mundo Libre Institute (IML) in the capital Lima to be used in social and cultural activities and provide transportation to their campus outside of the capital.

"Turkey's support is very important to us. If it hadn't been for Turkish aid, our workshops for children and access to clean water wouldn't have been possible," Maria Luisa, head of the IML, said at the shuttle bus delivery ceremony as quoted in the statement.

The quality of education in the country is strengthening due to the direct support to children, who are the futures of the nation, she added.

Since its establishment in 1984, IML has been active as a non-governmental organization working to rehabilitate children with drug addictions, according to the statement.

It said the institute currently provides shelter and education facilities including vocational and art lessons for 60 children — 30 boys and 30 girls.

Products made by the children in art workshops are sold by the institute, while the profit is used for the education and care of the children, it added.

TIKA provided equipment to the institution in previous years, the statement said, adding that the support is used for vocational training and teaching the children how to make chocolate, paintings, ceramics, and embroidery to help them lead a clean life.

TİKA'dan Peru'daki kimsesiz çocuklara destek

ANKARA (AA) – Türk İşbirliği ve Koordinasyon Ajansı Başkanlığı (TİKA), Güney Amerika ülkesi Peru'da kimsesiz çocukların rehabilite edildiği El Mundo Libre Enstitüsüne servis aracı temin etti.

TİKA'dan yapılan yazılı açıklamaya göre, başkent Lima'da kimsesiz çocukların rehabilite edildiği enstitüye, sosyal ve kültürel faaliyetlerde kullanması ve şehir dışında bulunan yerleşkeye ulaşımların sağlanması amacıyla servis aracı hibe edildi.

Servis aracının teslim töreninde konuşan El Mundo Libre Enstitüsü (IML) Kurucu Başkanı Maria Luisa, Peru'nun geleceği olan çocuklara, doğrudan verilen destekler sayesinde ülkenin eğitim kalitesinin arttığını ve sosyal birliğin perçinlendiğini ifade etti.

Çocuklara verilen destek için Türkiye ve TİKA'ya teşekkür eden Luisa, "Türkiye'nin desteği bizim için çok önemli. Türkiye'nin yaptığı yardımlar olmasaydı çocukların eğitiminin sağlandığı atölyeler ve içme suları da olmayacaktı." dedi.

IML, 1984'te kurulduğu tarihten bu yana madde bağımlısı kimsesiz çocukları tedavi ederek topluma yeniden kazandırmaya çalışan sivil toplum kuruluşu olarak faaliyet gösteriyor.

Madde bağımlısı çocuklara ve sokak çocuklarına 13 bin metrekare alana sahip geniş bir yerleşkede barınma ve eğitim imkanları sunan enstitü, halihazırda 30 kız ve 30 erkek çocuğa tam zamanlı barınma imkanı sağlayarak eğitim, meslek ve sanat dersleri veriyor.

Sanat atölyelerinde çocukların ürettiği ürünler, enstitü tarafından satılarak çocukların eğitim ve bakımlarında kullanılıyor.

  • Kimsesiz çocuklar topluma kazandırılıyor

TİKA, daha önceki yıllarda enstitüye donanım desteği de vermişti. TİKA'nın sağladığı donanım desteğiyle enstitüdeki çocuklara çikolata yapımı, boyama, seramik ve nakış eğitimi gibi çeşitli mesleki eğitimler de veriliyor. Böylelikle, Peru'daki kimsesiz çocukların sokaklarda zararlı alışkanlıklara ve suça karışması engelleniyor.

INFOGRAPHIC – Turkish aid agency reaches out to 5 continents in 2018

             By Ahmet Furkan Mercan</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkey’s state aid agency has reached out to five continents in 2018 to share its experience and friendship with a human-centered approach.</p>    <p>The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) have carried out numerous important projects in the fields of education, health, agriculture and livestock from Africa to Latin America, the Balkans to Asia.</p>    <p>It also gave a helping hand to countries in their production, infrastructure, and restoration activities.</p>    <p>Anadolu Agency compiled the TIKA projects in 2018.</p>  <p> </p>  <p>-  Aids in Africa</p>    <p>TIKA restored Algeria’s historic Ketchaoua Mosque -- which dates back to the Ottoman rule in the 17th century and symbol of the country’s independence -- in the capital Algiers.</p>    <p>It provided Aysel and Serif Findikkaya Complex in camps of Dabaab, a town in north eastern Kenya, with equipment.</p>    <p>A group of 14 medical students, who went to Kenya via Experience Sharing Program of the agency, performed medical examination of 2,000 children.</p>    <p>TIKA also equipped an orphanage in West Africa which hosts 216 girls in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.</p>    <p>It provided a cookery, service and housekeeping training for the staff of Africa Union summit held on July 1-2 in Mauritania, a northwestern Africa country.</p>    <p>The agency distributed wheelchairs for two-hundred disabled people in East African country Comoros, while 1,100 families in Mauritania were supplied with food aid.</p>    <p>Seventy-five media personnel from Namibia, Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia and South Sudan benefitted an applied training of TIKA with the cooperation of Turkish state broadcaster TRT.</p>    <p>As part of agency projects, a modern water well -- opened in Cameroon, a Central Africa country -- provided around 1,000 people with potable water.</p>    <p>TIKA also aided many families in Ben Arous city of Tunisia, a North African country, when their houses and shops were damaged due to flood. </p>  <p>It also renovated the Al-Nejashi mosque, the tomb of the Abyssinian King Ahmed Nejashi, and 15 tombs of the companions of Prophet Muhammad in East African country of Ethiopia.</p>    <p> </p>  <p>- Key facilities supported in Latin America</p>    <p>TIKA supported the renovation and renewal works of the As-Salam mosque serving Muslim minority in Santiago, the capital of Chile.</p>    <p>It provided a nursing home in Brazil with maintenance works and equipment.</p>    <p>Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires benefitted an equipment support of TIKA, while Paraguay received ambulance and wheelchair support.</p>    <p>It provided medical equipment for a maternal and child hospital in Venezuela, including five incubators, two beds with radiant heaters, and two phototherapy units.</p>    <p>TIKA also renovated the hospital's newborn unit and rearranged the environment and landscape setting of the Arte Fuego art school.</p>      <p> </p>  <p>- Turkish-style development model in the Balkans </p>  <p>TIKA carried out extensive restoration work on Ottoman heritage in the Balkans as well as implementing development and aid projects.</p>    <p>One of its biggest project was the restoration of the historic Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina.</p>    <p>In the tenth year of Kosovo's independence, the Ardhmeria Kindergarten in the Drenas region, one of the most damaged regions during the Kosovo War, was renovated and put into service.</p>    <p>TIKA also renovated the Elena Gjika Elementary School which educates 1,800 students in Kosovo’s capital of Pristina.</p>  <p> </p>  <p>- TIKA reaches far away to Asia</p>    <p>It trained people in Central Asia country of Tajikistan for welding, as part of its employment program.</p>    <p>In Philippines, a fully-equipped operational mobile clinic -- used in many medical treatments including surgical operations -- was delivered to authorities to be used in the Bangsamoro region where the Moro Muslims live.</p>    <p>TIKA regularly gives away hot meal to 25,000 people in Moynergona/Bagguna distribution center in the northern Rakhine state of Myanmar.</p>    <p>In Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish-Kyrgyz cultural center named after the world famous Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov was opened. The hall was also renovated.</p>    <p>Uzbekistan was provided with 50 ambulances -- which will serve 10 million people in a year -- and 20 mobile service vehicles.</p>    <p>Some 16 tons of locally produced saffron plant were distributed among forty farmers in Afghanistan. The farmers were also trained.</p>  <p> </p>    <p>- Projects in Middle East</p>    <p>The agency renovated a public soup kitchen in Palestine’s al-Khalil city, near lodge of Prophet Abraham.</p>    <p>A 3,000-square-meter (over 32,000 square feet) seedling production facility was established in the West Bank city of Jenin -- the richest region of Palestine in terms of agricultural land and green area.</p>    <p>An aid campaign, including distribution of a total of 3,000 school bags with school supplies inside, were carried out in Yemen.

Turkish agency distributes stationery to Iraqi Turkmens

By Mazin Majeed Asaad Baqal

ERBIL,Iraq (AA) – Turkey's state-run aid agency distributed 1,000 school bags and stationery supplies in Iraq's Erbil province on Wednesday.

The distribution ceremony of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) was attended by Hakan Karacay, Turkey’s consul in Erbil; Aydin Maruf, Iraqi Turkmen Front deputy; Cuneyt Esmer, Baghdad program coordinator for the agency; students, teachers and local officials

Speaking at the ceremony at Turkmen Fuzuli Elementary School, Esmer said aid to the education sector was a priority for TIKA.

“We’ve distributed 1,000 school bags and stationery supplies to Turkmen students as part of our education support program,” he said.

The agency has distributed 2,000 school bags and stationery supplies in Iraq's Saladin governorate in October.

The aid was sent to 30 schools in Tuz Khurmatu district, home to many Turkmen students. These schools also teach Turkmen language.

“We plan to distribute 800 school bags and stationery materials in Kirkuk, 1,000 in Mosul and 800 in Baghdad. In total we will hand out 5,500 bags and stationery supplies accross Iraq,” Esmer added.

Established in 1992, Turkey's government-run aid agency is responsible for implementing Turkey's developmental cooperation policies overseas. The agency carries out development cooperation activities in 170 countries through its 62 program coordination offices in 59 countries across five continents.

TİKA'dan Irak'taki Türkmen öğrencilere eğitim desteği

ERBİL (AA) – Türk İşbirliği ve Koordinasyon Ajansı Başkanlığı (TİKA), Irak'ın Erbil kentinde Türkmen öğrencilere eğitim desteği kapsamında bin adet çanta ve kırtasiye malzemesi dağıttı.

Erbil'deki Türkmen Fuzuli İlkokulu'nda hediyelerin dağıtımı öncesi düzenlenen törene Türkiye'nin Erbil Başkonsolosu Hakan Karaçay, Irak Türkmen Cephesi (ITC) Erbil Milletvekili Aydın Maruf, TİKA Bağdat Program Koordinatörü Cüneyt Esmer ve ITC Erbil İl Başkanı İmdat Bilal'in yanı sıra öğretmen ve öğrenciler katıldı.

TİKA Bağdat Program Koordinatörü Esmer, AA muhabirine yaptığı açıklamada, Erbil'deki Türkmen okulunda okuyan öğrencilere eğitim desteği amacıyla toplam bin çanta ve kırtasiye malzemesi dağıttıklarını söyledi.

TİKA'nın Irak'ta eğitim alanında katkı sunmaya devam edeceğini belirten Esmer, "Biz TİKA Başkanlığı olarak 2018 yılında Irak genelinde ağırlıklı olarak da Türkmeneli bölgesinde Türkmen çocuklara eğitim anlamında destek vermek için bir kampanya başlattık. Bu kapsamda öncelikle Salahaddin iline bağlı Tuzhurmatu İlçesindeki 30 okulda 2 bin Türkmen öğrenciye çanta ve kırtasiye malzemesi dağıttık." diye konuştu.

  • Irak genelinde 5 bin 500 öğrenciye kırtasiye malzemesi ulaştırılacak

Irak'ın Kerkük kentinde de öğrencilere eğitim desteğinde bulunacaklarını ifade eden Esmer, Kerkük'te 800, Musul'un Telafer İlçesinde bin, Bağdat'ta da 800 adet çanta ve kırtasiye malzemesi ulaştırmayı planladıklarını aktardı.

Esmer, TİKA'nın kırtasiye malzemesi ve çanta desteğinden Irak genelinde toplam 5 bin 500 öğrencinin yararlanacağını söyledi.