|Kamil Cetin Oraler (Season 01 - Episode 27)|
This Week's Changemaker; Kamil Cetin Oraler Works to Better Conditions for the Elderly
On 18 April 2010 Sabanci Foundation's "Turkey's Changemakers" program hosts Kamil Cetin Oraler, who brought together retired teachers living alone to establish a center for the elderly in Tuzla, to be run and sustained by the Kadıkoy Health and Education Center Foundation.
Kamil C. Oraler is a microbiologist with Ph.D. and established Kadikoy Health and Education Center Foundation (KASEV) with other volunteers in 1986. He has been the chair of KASEV for 24 years and worked to provide better living conditions for elderly people. One of his most important projects is the establishment of KASEV Center for the Aged in Tuzla, Istanbul.
KASEV was formed to provide health services for the teachers who were the members of Kadikoy Health and Education Center. However, KASEV transformed itself over the years, and began to undertake projects for the aging as well as retired teachers. Now, it provides health education, social services, and environment education for the elderly.
KASEV Center for the Aged was established in Tuzla, Istanbul within the context of Kamil C. Oraler's "Center for the Aging Project". KASEV runs the center and thanks to the efforts of Kamil C. Oraler, the center receives support from donations. Today 175 elderly stay in the center with doctors, nurses, psychologists, and dietitians, who are available 24 hours. KASEV also organizes many activities such as special caring units, coiffeurs, and various hobby rooms (within the center) and trips and concerts for the residents of the center.