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Social Inclusion Events: What is ÇayTalks?

Social Inclusion Events: What is ÇayTalks?

ÇayTalks is one of the popular public events organized by Istanbul&I that has been running for almost two years. It is a social inclusion program that takes place biweekly in different cafes around Istanbul each time. There is a specific topic or ‘theme’ selected by our project managers, generally following a pattern of subjects whichRead more about Social Inclusion Events: What is ÇayTalks?[…]

Razan Al-Najjar: Standing for female empowerment, peace, and an end to occupation

Razan Al-Najjar: Standing for female empowerment, peace, and an end to occupation

“I suffocated from tear gas. I fainted for about an hour. I woke up in an ambulance and I left it. I went crazy because I wanted to continue my work and my journey. I came to give care, not get care. With all pride I want to continue helping others till the last day.”Read more about Razan Al-Najjar: Standing for female empowerment, peace, and an end to occupation[…]

Differences are beautiful: A reflection on our work with Okmeydanı

Differences are beautiful: A reflection on our work with Okmeydanı

By Aimen Nabhani   Starting from October 2017, our volunteers have joined Okmeydanı Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Derneği, a local community association for social assistance and inclusion, every weekend to help integrate children from diverse and displaced communities. Volunteers first provide homework help, ranging from explaining math problems, helping with English homework, and even working withRead more about Differences are beautiful: A reflection on our work with Okmeydanı[…]

Iftar&Community III: ‘A real sense of community’

Iftar&Community III: ‘A real sense of community’

Eid Mubarak, Ramazan Bayramı Kutlu Olsun! This Ramadan, Istanbul&i hosted 6 Iftar&Community events in the Tarlabaşı/Kasımpaşa neighbourhoods. The events included art activities, games, and sports for the children as well as special programs such as inviting a professional clown, circus performers, and a registered nurse to present about dental hygeine. The end of each evening’sRead more about Iftar&Community III: ‘A real sense of community’[…]

Volunteer Stories: How Istanbul&i made me fall in love with Istanbul

Volunteer Stories: How Istanbul&i made me fall in love with Istanbul

Fateme has been volunteering with Istanbul&i for almost one year. Here she shares her story of getting involved with our projects and how Istanbul&i’s welcoming atmosphere helped her see another side of Istanbul.   I moved to Istanbul in the autumn of 2015 where I didnt know anyone. A year and half passed by until a newRead more about Volunteer Stories: How Istanbul&i made me fall in love with Istanbul[…]

Ramadan Mubarak/Hayırlı Ramazanlar

Ramadan Mubarak/Hayırlı Ramazanlar

Ramadan Mubarak and Ramazan Mübarek Kutlu Olsun to all those celebrating this important month. Ramadan is a time for reflection, charity, and sharing meals with friends, family, and those less fortunate. We at Istanbul&I are very happy to spend this holy month committing further to supporting displaced and refugee communities and increasing connection and understanding between differentRead more about Ramadan Mubarak/Hayırlı Ramazanlar[…]

Istanbul&i Volunteer Engagement with UNICEF and UNDP

Istanbul&i Volunteer Engagement with UNICEF and UNDP

As Istanbul&i grows, our involvement and partnerships with other NGOs also increases! In the past few weeks Istanbul&i volunteers met with UNICEF officers about the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) Program in Turkey, and hosted Barbora Galvankova from the UNDP to give a talk on women’s empowerment and technology.   Our volunteers, Imad, Haya, andRead more about Istanbul&i Volunteer Engagement with UNICEF and UNDP[…]

My Clean Beach / Benim Temiz Plajım

My Clean Beach / Benim Temiz Plajım

With the aim of raising public awareness about microplastic pollution, a large gathering of students, volunteers and local citizens attended a clean-up event held by the Women’s Association of Şile (ŞİKAD) and Eco Istanbul on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Şile district, Istanbul.   Including a series of introductory activities, the team, along with someRead more about My Clean Beach / Benim Temiz Plajım[…]

Together We Stand: Painting Workshops hosted by Istanbul&i

Together We Stand: Painting Workshops hosted by Istanbul&i

Last sunny Saturday afternoon 16 attendees went to the Istanbul&i office for a painting workshop. While our art workshops usually involve children, a new Istanbul&i painting workshop program invites adults to get creative and make friends in the process. Attendees are paired someone from a different culture and spend the next hour painting their portrait, all the while laughing,Read more about Together We Stand: Painting Workshops hosted by Istanbul&i[…]