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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 with …

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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’s …

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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 new …

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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 different …

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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, and …

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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, …

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