Turkey’s TIKA donates school equipment in Bangladesh

             By Md. Kamruzzaman</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's state-run aid agency donated educational equipment in Bangladesh on the occasion of the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day of Turkey, an agency official said on Wednesday.</p>  <p>Visiting two schools, including one run for autistic children in the capital Dhaka, Turkish officials distributed school dresses, sewing machine, sports tools and shuttles for students on behalf of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).</p>  <p>“The National Sovereignty and Children's Day is very important for Turkish citizens,” said TIKA Coordinator Ismail Gundogdu.</p>  <p>He added: “We are away from our homeland now. We want to share our happiness in a such important day with you [teenage students]. We love you.”</p>  <p>Enis Faruk Erdem, deputy chief of mission in Turkish Embassy in Dhaka, and deputy TIKA coordinator Emrah Ekinci were also present in the program.</p>  <p>Bangladeshi school authorities thanked Turkey for its continuous support in different sectors of Bangladesh.

Turkey opens vocational training center in Burkina Faso

             By  Muhammet Ikbal Arslan</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) -  Turkey's state-run aid agency on Wednesday brought a vocational training center into service for women in Burkina Faso, a West African country.</p>    <p>Kamil Kolabas, an advisor to the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), said the project will contribute to women’s participation in the labor force.</p>    <p>The center will provide vocational courses for women on tailoring, weaving, fabric dyeing, soap-making and hairdressing.</p>    <p>An opening ceremony for the training center of Game Koamba Women Association saw the attendance of high-ranking officials from Burkina Faso.

The training center aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country and participation of women in production.

Turkish aid agency distributes tablets in Pakistan

             By Islamuddin Sajid </p>    <p>ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AA) - A Turkish aid agency on Tuesday distributed tablets for students of Pakistan-Turkey Maarif schools in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.</p>    <p>Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) handed out tablets to 249 students who graduated from schools administered by Turkey’s Maarif Foundation.</p>    <p>Addressing the hand-out ceremony as the chief guest, Turkey’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul said: “I am very happy that Turkey's institutions TIKA and Maarif Foundation jointly launched an important program to strengthen education system and help the students in Pakistan.”</p>    <p>Turkish institutes are working in Pakistan to make the educational system stronger, he added.</p>    <p>Turkey established the Maarif Foundation in 2016 after a coup attempt to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETO. It also establishes schools and education centers abroad.

Gokhan Umut, a TIKA coordinator in Pakistan, Selahattin Batur, Pakistan head of Maarif, officials from Pakistan’s Education Ministry and Turkish Red Crescent were also among the guests of ceremony.

Uzbekistan's deputy PM visits Turkish aid agency

By Tevfik Durul

ANKARA (AA) – A top Uzbek official in charge of investments and foreign economic ties visited Turkey's state aid agency in Ankara on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister Elyor Ganiev, along with Uzbek Ambassador in Ankara Alisher Agzamhadjaev, and a delegation, met with Serdar Cam, head of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the agency said in a statement.

Ganiev hailed the "close and systematic" cooperation with TIKA in Uzbekistan and said he wants to further develop it.

"Since 1994, TIKA has carried out around 800 projects in Uzbekistan, mainly in education, health, drinking water, and infrastructure," Ganiev said.

He also said last year TIKA delivered 50 ambulances to Uzbekistan.

Cooperation between Turkey and Uzbekistan also constitutes a "historic opportunity" for both countries, said Cam.

He said TIKA will soon start historical restoration in Uzbekistan to pass on the country's heritage to future generations, as well as boost its tourism potential.

"We closed out 2018 with a great success and record. We achieved this with the support and strength that Uzbekistan gave us," Cam said.

Cam added that TIKA will do its best to keep up the pace of achievements in 2019.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

Turkish charity support disabled students in Uruguay

By Ahmet Furkan Mercan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's state-run international cooperation agency has donated a van for the transport of disabled school children in Uruguay, the agency said Monday.

Enrique Singler, the chairman of Escuela Roosevelt in the capital Montevideo, said the donation by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has met a dire need for the school, which is Uruguay's sole fully equipped educational institution for disabled children.

"I would like to thank President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish people," Singler said.

*Writing by Dilara Hamit

Moldova honors local head of Turkish state aid agency

                             By Zuhal Demirci</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - Moldova on Saturday honored the local head of Turkey’s state-run aid agency for her services in the country.</p>  <p>Selda Ozdenoglu, the coordinator in the capital Chisinau of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency's (TIKA), was granted the order of honor &quot;for her role and goodwill in the projects in the Gagauz Autonomous Region and Moldova,&quot; Moldovan President Igor Dodon said at the award ceremony.</p>  <p>Irina Vlah, governor of the Gagauz Autonomous Region, and Iulia Sircu, a former Moldovan judge, were also awarded the order of honor.</p>  <p>Turkey’s state-run aid agency TIKA has been working in the Eastern European country to help the public in the areas of agriculture, health, education, water supply, infrastructure, and administration. </p>  <p>Over the last 25 years, it has carried out over 400 projects and activities in Moldova.</p>  <p>Its extensive projects in the education sector include building and equipping a kindergarten named after Nasreddin Hodja, a Turkish folk hero. </p>  <p>TIKA also built a new diagnostic and treatment center at a regional hospital campus in Komrat, the capital of Gagauzia. The center is named after Aziz Sancar, a Turkish scientist who in 2015 won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. </p>  <p> </p>  <p>*Writing by Sibel Morrow</p>  <p> 

Turkish agencies to aid cyclone-hit countries in Africa

             By Hanife Sevinc and Muhammet Ikbal Arslan</p>    <p>ISTANBUL (AA) - Turkish aid agencies rolled up their sleeve to aid cyclone-hit southeastern African countries on Friday.</p>    <p>The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) will send humanitarian aid to areas hit by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, the state-run aid agency said in a statement.</p>    <p>The aid will be delivered in a ship leaving from Mozambique’s capital Maputo to 600 families in need.</p>    <p>The ship will also carry humanitarian aids provided by various national and international agencies.</p>    <p>At least 500 containers with food and personal materials will reach Mozambique’s Beira city on Sunday.</p>    <p>The Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) is also preparing to send aid to cyclone-hit countries, it said in a statement.</p>    <p>The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) will also send a relief team to the regions.</p>    <p>Cyclone Idai, made a landfall in Mozambique's port city of Beira March 14 with winds of up to 110 miles (177 kilometers) per hour, killing several people in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe.</p>    <p>Television stations in South Africa showed footage of trapped victims being rescued from villages and a stadium.</p>    <p>Meanwhile, Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said Monday he believes the death toll following Idai's landfall could reach at least 1,000. But as of Friday, 300 deaths had officially been confirmed.</p>    <p>According to UN statements and local media, tens of thousands of victims have lost their homes, crops washed away and roads have been damaged across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.</p>    <p>Gift of the Givers is also offering relief and rescue missions in Zimbabwe and Malawi.</p>    <p>* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

Turkish aid agency gives aid, boosts ties in Mongolia

             <p>By Tugrul Cam</p>  <p>ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AA) - Turkey's state-run aid agency has carried out over 600 projects in Mongolia in numerous areas, including education, health, infrastructure, and cultural cooperation, according to officials of the agency.</p>  <p>The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) started its work in Mongolia, the Turks’ ancestral homeland, in 1994, two years before Turkey opened an embassy in the country.</p>  <p>Kamil Kolabas, an advisor to TIKA’s leadership, said supporting students and education in the countries where TIKA operates is vital, through projects such as dormitory and sports complex for female students set to open soon.</p>  <p>TIKA has also carried out aid projects for the Dukha, a Turkic herder people whose language and culture are at risk of disappearing, with their numbers dwindling to only 800. </p>  <p>Braving cold and forests to carry 10 tons of food over 400 kilometers (249 miles), the agency delivered humanitarian aid to 50 rural households last week, also providing them with 20 brood reindeer, which constitute their main livelihood.</p>  <p>“We’re working to help the Dukha language survive. We’re also working on tourism projects for Dukha Turks to boost their income,” said Kolabas. “We place special importance on Dukha Turks.”</p>  <p>Turkey and Mongolia are also planning to boost cultural ties by taking care of shared cultural remains such as the eighth-century Orkhon inscriptions, the oldest written sources of Turkic history.</p>  <p>TIKA country coordinator Emrah Ustaomer said they are also working on a museum to house the Tonyukuk inscriptions, also from the eighth century, to open sometime this year.</p>  <p>The agency is also renovating old mosques and building new cultural centers for Mongolia’s Muslim Kazakh population.</p>  <p>Ustaomer said the Mongolian people are grateful for TIKA’s work in the country.</p>  <p>Established in 1992, Turkey's government-run aid agency is responsible for implementing the country's developmental cooperation policies overseas.</p>  

Turkish aid agency supports education in Croatia

By Ahmet Furkan Mercan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's state-run aid agency has renewed a public education center and provided equipment for its students in Croatia.

According to a statement by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), an education center that was severely damaged during the war has been renewed and its library equipped with computers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Turkey’s ambassador in Zagreb Mustafa Babur Hizlan said TIKA has been working in Croatia for three years.

Mayor of Slujn Jure Katic, on his part, thanked TIKA for their support.

TIKA has carried out 44 projects in three years in Croatia, said country coordinator Hasim Koc.

Turkish aid agency completes 44 projects in Croatia

By Lejla Biogradlija

ZAGREB, Croatia (AA) – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has completed 44 projects in Croatia, an agency official said Saturday.

Hasim Koc, TIKA coordinator in the capital Zagreb, said the projects, mostly in education field, were conducted in last three years.

TIKA launched its first aid activities in the western Balkans nation in 2014 after the region was severely hit by floods, Koc told Anadolu Agency.

However, the aid organization formally opened its office in Zagreb in 2016.

The agency had implemented an agricultural development program for families affected by the floods in eastern Gunja town. Under the program, 50 families were provided with greenhouses, while 50 others were given cows, he added.

He also said that partial renovations of a mosque and an Islamic cultural center, which were damaged by the disaster, were done by TIKA.

TIKA aims at boosting ties between Turkey and Croatia as it works to protect historical and cultural heritage in the country. It also completed several projects in the fields of education, agriculture, stockbreeding, health and science.

Other projects include equipment support, home health care, researches on historical heritage, symposium and culture festivals, as well as the ones to keep bilateral relations alive.

Koc went on to say the agency is going to organize a children’s fest with attendance of 1,200 minors to mark Turkey’s April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

He also added that the agency plans to build a children’s park in the northwestern Karlovac city.

"Maintenance and equipment of a public education center in Slunj town was completed and it was going to be handed over some time soon," Koc noted, adding that TIKA runs project in least-developed areas in the country, as well as the large cities.

  • Employment of people with disabilities

He said they were planning to run a project for disabled people in this year.

“We aim to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in social life through the projects we develop for the employment of these groups.”

In 2018, the agency worked on capacity building project at Dotted Soaps Workshop together with the Zagreb Association of the Blind, he informed.

The project also allowed the production of liquid soaps, as well as handmade ones.

“Before our contribution, only one person was working at the workshop, at the end of the project employment opportunities for 12 visually impaired friends were provided,” he said.

  • Islamic center in Sisak city

During Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic’s visit to Ankara on Jan. 16, TIKA signed a protocol with the Croatian Islamic Union to build the Islamic Cultural Center in Sisak, located 57 kilometers (35 miles) south of the capital.

“Sisak is a city that has received many workers and immigrants because of being one of the important industrial cities of the former Yugoslavia,” said Koc.

“Some of the migrants are Muslims. For this reason, Muslim population in Sisak is higher than the rest of Croatia.”

The Islamic union launched the construction of the cultural center in 2017 and contributed to the project to certain level, according to Koc, who went on to assert that the remaining works of the project will be completed with contribution of Turkey under the supervision of TIKA.