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Gift..

“One day we were talking about love and gifts during one of our course’s classes because it was Valentine’s Day. I said that on such a day it might be appropriate for people to give each other gifts–however small they might be–as tokens of their affection. “Even a flower might do” I said. The next day when one of the students–Kiraz–entered the class she was brimming with joy. She said that she’d told her husband about what she’d learned. When he came home that evening, her husband–who’d never given her a gift before–brought her a rose saying “I love you very much but I brought this just as a reminder.” She thanked me. For my own part, it made me happy to know that I’d made my own contribution to family education and help create a positive change in behavior.”

 

When I was just starting out...

“When I was just starting out teaching courses I was worried whether or not I would be of any benefit to my students. The first time I ran a check and discovered that my students didn’t recognize the letters of the alphabet and couldn’t even write their names it scared me. As the days passed however I realized that my fears were uncalled for. My students had already begun to read. What’s more they’d also begun to get used to me and to being in class. A warm relationship grew up among us. When they began writing entries in their diaries as the course progressed it made me happy to see that they were willing to share their feelings with me and that they trusted me enough to do so. When the course was over, they felt both happy and proud that they’d been successful: that they could also now read and write and sign their own names. I made me happy to see the enthusiasm in their eyes at the diploma ceremony and to realize that I had been able to create a love of reading in them. My students succeeded; and so had I.”

I’m a volunteer… I can’t go back…

“My biggest fear when I decided to open a course was that there wouldn’t be any students. In fact the students were there waiting for me when I got to the school. Would they keep coming? On the very first day of teaching all my fears were dispelled when I saw the eagerness and excitement in their faces. The classes were both exhilarating and enjoyable. In very little time we grew to love one another. When I saw that this was something I could actually do, I thought more of myself; I took pride in myself. It made me very happy to be working like this without receiving payment or any other material compensation. I’m going to keep doing this as long as my health permits. I’ve made that promise to myself.”

The excitement of that first class…

“I was quite inexperienced in the earliest days of my course. I had no idea what awaited me. I wondered who my students would be. I met with them: twenty-five separate individuals. Each one of them had a individual story of her own. I wanted to be equally beneficial to them all. The light in their eyes inspired the conviction in me that I could succeed at this business. Day by day we grew and developed in response to each other. They learned to read and write; while I gained a very different sort of life experience. And I was happy. I want to open many more courses and reach even more people.”

 

Our Volunteers

FALP Volunteer Instructors in 2012

FALP Volunteer Instructors in 2011

FALP Volunteer Instructors in 2010
 

 


This campaign has been approved by the İstanbul Governorship (#30545 dated 15/11/2006) pursuant to article 7 of the Charitable Fundraising Act (Statute 2860).    
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