In Support of Contemporary Education
Who We Are
The ATA Women for Education League (ATA-WE) is a sub-sector of the non-profit organization of American Turkish Association (ATA) Houston (501c3), dedicated to help support education to less fortunate girls in Turkey. Its educational campaigns also include education on current issues and creating networking opportunities for members of the group. ATA-WE is a 100% volunteer run organization.
The goal of ATA-WE is to provide support and opportunity to underprivileged individuals of school age who desire to pursue the contemporary education that is their right under the principles of Ataturk, but may not have the monetary resources to fulfill this desire.
What We Do :
ATA-WE has decided to support the Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (CYDDAssociation for the Support of Contemporary Living), and specifically its project titled “I
Have a Daughter in Anatolia” (Anadolu’da Bir Kizim Var).
This project provides scholarships to girls in the Anatolia region of Turkey, from 4th graders to high school high school-aged girls who are not able to attend school for monetary reasons. The girls who are part of this program that pass the college exam at the end of high school are eligible to continue their scholarships until graduation from university. CYDD is a non-profit organization with years of successful history.
Why Education Girls is Important:
EDUCATION is the BEST INVESTMENT one can make. OUR BIG IDEA will EMPOWER YOUNG GIRLS, so that they too can realize their FULL POTENTIAL, and fulfill their ASPIRATIONS of a BETTER FUTURE for themselves and their communities.
Schooling Realities by the Numbers:
THE RATIO OF UN-SCHOOLED GIRLS TO BOYS is 2 to 1. Rural GIRLS are doubly disadvantaged. Discontinuity in rural areas is higher than in urban areas, and GIRLS are always least likely to be in school. Because of gender bias and discriminatory cultural norms, many rural GIRLS are forced to marry at a very young age.
For every year a girl is educated in the developing world, her family income increases on average by 15 percent, as does the likelihood that she will pass on the VALUE OF LEARNING to her own children. We want to EMPOWER GIRLS with the courage and insight to recognize contemporary hopes and dreams.
STUDY AFTER STUDY has shown that when you EDUCATE A GIRL, you educate the NEXT GENERATION.
We want to EMBODEN GIRLS to take a stand and assert their voice and opinions to make positive change in their communities. Girls everywhere should have the OPPORTUNITIES and CAPACITIES that people in developed countries believe possible for their daughters and granddaughters.
Therefore, we have selected CYDD’s project of “I have a Daughter in Anatolia” to start helping girls who are not able to get their education due to limited monetary resources.
How You Can Help:
Donation amount for each school year is determined by CYDD at the beginning of each school year. The amount for 2013-2014 school year is a total of $384 per student.
Scholarship donations will be paid to CYDD in October of each year, in time to ensure timely process for the current school year. Scholarships are given directly to the students by CYDD. ATA WE sponsored 38 Students in 2010, 46 in 2011, 42 in 2012.
Donations can be made by writing a check for $384. Please remember to print your payment confirmation after your payment for tax deduction purposes.
Please make checks payable to ATA Houston at the bottom left hand corner of the check’s memo section, please write ATA WE donation and mail the check to
2319 Bending Spring
Drive, Pearland, TX 77584.
Your donation is 100% tax deductable to the extent allowed by law. You will be provided a receipt for your donations within that year, so you can deduct it from your taxes.
According to The Population Reference Bureau, 2003 (www.prb.org):
- As female education rises, fertility, population growth, and infant and child mortality fall and family health improves.
- Increases in girls’ secondary school enrollment are associated with increases in women’s participation in the labor force and their contributions to household and national income.
- Women’s increased earning capacity, in turn, has a positive effect on child nutrition.
- Children—especially daughters—of educated mothers are more likely to be enrolled in school and to have higher levels of education attainment.
- Educated women are more politically active and better informed about their legal rights and how to exercise them.
Contact us at 832-736-1220,
P.O. Box 460253
Houston, TX, 77056-8253