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Melek Erman Koni Makes a Difference in Migrant Women's Lives in Istanbul

During the summer period, Sabanci Foundation’s Turkey’s Changemakers program continues to share the unique stories of extraordinary people who contribute to the social development.

Having established Melek Erman Koni Education and Cultural Center in Esenler which is a town of mainly migrant families in Istanbul, Melek Erman Koni’s story was first shared on the Turkey’s Changemakers program in 2010. The center offers many programs including literacy, urban-life orientation courses for adults and preschool education for children.

Now with the support of ACEV (Mother Child Education Foundation), Melek Erman Koni continues to expand its work for more than 3.200 migrant women living in Istanbul.

Thanks to the Sabanci Foundation’s Turkey’s Changemakers Program, preparation courses for the university exam are also organized at the Melek Erman Koni Education and Cultural Center. The volunteers of “Life in May Cooperative” which is also among the Sabanci Foundation’s Turkey’s Changemakers have started to offer university preparation courses to students since July 2012.

The center is also offering a new jewelry design course and free dental health screenings have started. To date, 260 volunteers have taken part in the Melek Erman Koni Education and Cultural Center.

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