Kids: The Compass of a City

Project Summary
Grantee : Hempa Children's Association
Purpose : Developing awareness of the right to the city of socio-economically disabled or refugee children living in two neighborhoods in Altındağ district of Ankara and increasing their belonging to the city
Location : Ankara
Grant Amount : 191.798 TL
Project Partner : Institute of Urban Studies, İlhan Tekeli Urban Culture Foundation
Period : 26 July 2021 - 29 August 2022
Status : Completed
Project Year : 2021


Önder and Kale neighbourhoods in Ankara's Altındağ district are socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods with a high refugee population, where children from different cultural backgrounds live together, school attendance rates are low, and child labour rates are high. Children need to be aware of their rights as well as the history and opportunities of the city so that they can gain experiences outside of their environment and benefit from the opportunities of the city they live in. With the development of urban awareness and belonging to the city, children will be able to claim their rights.


  • Trainings such as mentoring, project management, pedagogical approach, children's rights, urban rights, video editing and photography will be given to the project team and volunteer group consisting of approximately 30 people.
  • The project team, who received training, will organize four webinars of 100 people, and will transfer the children's rights and right to the city trainings they have received to the volunteer pool and to the young people who are interested in the subject they will determine through an open call.
  • In Kale and Önder neighborhoods, 180 children between the ages of 10 and 16 will be trained on children's rights and urban rights, and an educational city tour will be organized.
  • Children will meet with the municipal authorities and present their suggestions about the city.


“Our greatest purpose is to enable children to express themselves freely so that they may talk about their limitless dreams. Our project has thus allowed children to design their dream cities and share them with the local administrations.” İbrahim Enes Duruay – Founder, Hempa Children’s Association


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