Kiwanis International European Federation

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Kiwanis Children’s Day in Turkey

Kiwanis Young Professionals Turkey organized a Children’s Day in Ankara.

On April 23, 1929, upon Atatürk’s proposal, the Turkish Grand National Assembly decreed April 23 as a national holiday dedicated to children. Thus Turkey became the first country in the world that celebrates an official Children’s Day. Today this national holiday is celebrated in Turkey with children from all over the world in a spirit of peace and harmony.

On that day we realized a project in Turkey as Kiwanis YP Turkey with JCI Çankaya chapter . We made an organization to bring along 23 successful children who lives in Şanlıurfa city Akçakale district with low monetary occasion and in age between 11-13 Years to Ankara in 23 April with early flight and providing them to visit the first parliament. 23 successful and poor children who had never fly before were selected. They were very exiting to  fly and go out from their city first time. You can see their excitement from that video that had recorded before they flew. (

The main aim of that project is; take away children for one day from the existing place where they are living in the Syria borderline with bombing voices every day and very close to the war, providing them to get into plane for the first time and proving them to look at a different framework by visiting Ankara and Anıtkabir.

We had very nice time with them, eating lunch and some activities then visited  first parliament, Atatürk grave and museum. Before they come to Ankara their teacher had wanted to write their dream presents on paper. End of the day they blowed balloons and their dream presidents were given to them by one by one. All of them’s dream presidents were different as cloth, shoes,  soccer ball or toy,…etc.  During the day they all wore a Kiwanis hat with eager. That Kiwanis white hats were also good indictor for teacher not to loose the kids in a very crowed areas.

In this 23 children group the girls number  were  more than boys.  Their teacher explained the reason of this with that sentence;  “I selected the girls mostly because they may not have one more chance to go out from their city and they may not have a chance as this event  during their life again”. Kiwanis YP Turkey president Eda Bohur explained her ideas with that short sentence “I was wonderful day with kids but  When I met with that children,  it was the first time that I saw that much  “unhappy” children on the same time. Just the youngest ones were smiling and just that very few ones eyes were shining”

We also thanks to Kiwanis and JCI Volunteers and also to Kiwanis Ankara and Anıttepe Rotary Club for their supports for that project.

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