Happy Mother’s Day!
My name is Şerife. I am a 19-year-old working mother of two beautiful children. Proud is the first word that comes to mind when I’m asked how I feel about working to support my family.
For the past two years I’ve taken advantage of an amazing opportunity to learn the trade of kilim weaving. Each day, I arrive at the workshop ready to create beautiful works of art for clients around the world. With the other girls in the workshop, we share stories, cook and form lifelong friendships. A large portion of our day is dedicated to our schooling and learning to read and write. I’ve never attended a school, but now I am completely literate.
The ability to support your family, which in my case, includes extended family, is an amazing feeling. I stride through life with a sense of purpose, feeling independent. I no longer have to ask my husband for money to buy clothes for my baby or anything else. Each kilim I weave and each lesson I learn is for my newborn daughter, women and mothers all over Turkey, who don’t have the same opportunity I do.
Funding from Turkish Philanthropy Funds is essential to run the kilim weaving workshops run by
Hisar Anadolu Destek Derneği (Hisar Anatolian Support Society). With your help, we have the ability to reach more women and mothers who share my dream.
Please join me in supporting the remarkable work TPF Team does in providing opportunities to women and girls in Turkey every day.
Make a tax-deductible gift today.