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World Autism Awareness day 2021

World Autism Awareness day 2021

There are worlds that need love, friendship, and tenderness. Today we peeked into one such world- These are our new friends from the Association for Creative Learning “Mak.”

On the occasion of celebrating the 2nd of April, World Autism Awareness Day, BRAVO volunteers visited the children of the association “Mak” and shared sincere smiles and sweet snacks with them!

The association for creative learning “Mak” aims to creatively improve, motivate and encourage the learning of children, parents, and all those who want continuous growth. The association discusses lifelong learning, and one of the active projects is “Mama cup of tea,” when moms come for tea and children participate in some creative activities. The association is currently working with thirteen children. In the coming period, they will be joined by ten more children whose parents are currently undergoing training, during which they are introduced to learning methods.

BRAVO always strives to point out the importance of the inclusion of people with autistic disorders in all spheres of society to achieve a better quality of life for all of us!

We really hope that as a society we will learn that it is okay to be different and that we will pay more attention to each others!

What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is a developmental disorder that is characterized by significant challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. People with autism often have difficulties understanding what other people think and feel. Because of that, it can behard for them to express themselves with words, through gestures, facial expressions, and touch. There is not only one form of autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Since autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with this disorder has their own distinct set of strengths and challenges. That being said, autism can be a minor problemfor some or a disability that needs full-time care in a special facility for others.

The cause of autism is not known and there is no known cure for it. It continues throughout an individual’s life. Autism occurs all over the world in any socioeconomic background, race, or ethnicity. Boys are affected more than girls. Additionally, it seems to run in families, which indicates a possible genetic link to the disorder.

Symptoms of autism are usually noticeable by age two or three. Numerous research have shown that an early intervention for people with autism leads to positive outcomes later in their life. Different specialists, such as physicians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists, can play a role in the evaluation process for a diagnosis of autism. These specialists can work together in order to help develop and implement intervention plans along with parents or caregivers. The goals of the interventions are to improve social interaction, communication, and/or behavior to enable better functioning in daily activities for the person with autism at home, school, and in their community.

World Autism Awareness Day

The UN General Assembly had declared April the 2ndas World Autism Awareness Day in order to “highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society”. April the 2nd, 2021, was the fourteenth time this day has been celebrated, the first being in 2008. As you might know, the color blue is often linked to autism. The idea originates from the autism advocacy association known as ‘’Autism Speaks’’. Their “Light it Up Blue” campaign invites people to wear blue to promote autism awareness, and because of this on April the 2nd we can see a lot of blue being shown off. Blue is also the organization’s primary color, and is linked with a calm feeling as well as acceptance in an otherwise loud world for people on the spectrum.

How did the BRAVO celebrate World Autism Awareness Day?

Our ESC volunteers from Turkey are currently volunteering in the Association for Creative Learning  ‘‘Mak’’ in Vogošća. It is a nonprofit association that aims to improve, motivate, and encourage the learning of children, parents, and others who seek continuous growth, in a creative way. The Association focuses on lifelong learning and is currently working with 13 children. Ten more children are expected to join in the upcoming period, as their parents are undergoing training where they are learning more about and exploring learning methods.

In order to celebrate the special day of autism awareness, our volunteers surprised the children of the Association with a delicious cake, bringing them genuine smiles and sweet bites while taking all precautions necessary against COVID-19. It was a truly meaningful experience to see the children’s joy. Days like these are important to the BRAVO and we always strive to celebrate them. We aim to promote the importance of inclusion of people with autism, and other disorders, to improve the quality of life for all of us. ‘‘Autism is not a disability, it is a different ability!’’

BRAVO akcija DOBROVOLJNOG DARIVANJA KRVI

"Vaše malo, nekome može spasiti život!"

“U izazovnim i nesigurnim vremenima kao što su ova, biti čovjek je od neizmjerne važnosti.
 
Biti human je neprocjenjivo, a taj nas čin na košta ništa. Vaših par kapljica krvi danas – nekome već sutra mogu spasiti život.
 
Živeći u vremenu punom brige i neizvjesnosti, jedino se na naša dobra djela možemo osloniti da nam uvijek pruže spokoj.
Odazovite se i Vi i budite dio naše akcije!
 
Budimo tu jedni za druge. ❤
 
Šta Vas čeka na darivanju krvi:
  • cijeli proces traje 15 tak minuta
  • prvo će Vam se provjeraviti hemoglobin i stanje organizma (što je odlična i besplatna kontrola)
  • provjerava se koja ste krvna grupa (super prilika ako do sada niste znali)
  • iz organizma vadi se 250 – 350 ml krvi, što je veoma malo za bilo koji organizam koji u sebi nosi 4-6 litara krvi
  • darivanje krvi je zdravo, jer potiče proizvodnju novih eritrocita- što može poboljšati zdravstveno stanje organizma
  • izvađenu količinu krvi vrlo brzo nadomjestite ( dva dana maksimalno )
  • nakon darivanja preporučljivo je ne pušiti dva sata i ne jesti masno
 
“Nemojte tražiti razloge zašto ne darovati krv, pokušajte naći barem jedan razlog zašto to učiniti, jer Vaša jedna doza krvi može spastiti 3 života.”
 
Vaše malo, nekome može spasiti život!
 

Meet BRAVO ESC Volunteers (Amina and Emir) who will spend 6 months in Sakarya, Turkey

Words from BRAVO volunteers...

Within the ESC project called “Climate Volunteers in Our City” on the March 1st we have arrived in Turkey’s province of Sakarya, Serdivan Municipality, where, during next 6 months, we will be implementing all kinds of project activities regarding climate changes in Sakarya.

PROJECT AIM

Together, with our hosting organization Kargenc Kulubu, that hired us within their project, we are going to organize and implement ecological workshops for students in elementary school, high school, and for students at the Sakarya University (we will prepare, promote and distribute informative brochures about raising and developing social awareness about the global climate crisis that is affecting our Planet, and our future.

One of our main goals during this project is to reduce the carbon footprint (total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by our actions), and water footprint (amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use) by at least 50% at the end of 6 months, and to develop eco-literacy skills in young people. We should inspire them to be more ecologically conscious and environmentally friendly, so we could all together help our Planet Earth!

What Will We Do With The Host Organization?

During our first week in Sakarya, we got acquainted with our colleagues from the hosting Kargenc Kulubu organization, then we started with our work schedules and our project obligations! In the next days of our first week in Sakarya, we visited Istanbul, a beautiful fresh water lake Sapanca, and Sakarya University. Also, on a daily basis, we are getting to know the urban way of life here, constantly learning Turkish language, and learning about all kinds of opportunities the city has to offer! We are living in a student accommodation, which is really nice, and it is only 10 minutes walking distance from our office, and 30 minutes from the city center! Supermarkets are found on every corner, with really affordable prices! We are happy and pleased with everything, and sincerely thankful to BRAVO organization, which is supporting us throughout the whole time of our project duration!

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT


This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program. This publication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. By Erasmus+ rules organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation
and food. As part of ESC you will have provided accommodation, food, pocket money and paid local transport.

Our project called “Climate Volunteers in Our City” grew out of necessity of developing social awareness about the climate crisis that threatens our future and to educate people about the usefulness of every individual taking responsibility for dealing with the crisis.

Our world has warmed by about 1 degree since 1900, which is accepted as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution. This is because the carbon emission, which was 280 ppm before the Industrial Revolution, increased to 410ppm as of 2018. This may be perceived as a simple number at first glance, but the point is that this 1 degree causes unexpected environmental disasters all over the world.

The Paris Agreement, which is still the most comprehensive and most up-to-date agreement on climate change, was signed in 2015. At the EU level, the European Environment Agency works on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, the evaluation of EU policies, and the development of long-term strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The main goal in this matter is to keep the global warming due to climate change at the +2-degree limit of the pre-industrial level. For this, targets for the years 2030 and 2050 on carbon emission and renewable energy issues were determined on the basis of countries.

The general purpose of our project is to contribute to the process by developing the skills of ECO-LITERACY (People who know the limits and principles of nature are called eco-literate) skills and to reduce the individual carbon footprint, water footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

PROJECT GOALS

  • To reduce the carbon footprint and water footprint of our volunteers by at least 50% at the end of 6 months.
  • Raising awareness of carbon footprint and water footprint in the local community through our volunteers.
  • To develop ECO-LITERACY skills in young people.
  • Taking responsibility individually against climate change and developing climate-friendly behaviors.
  • To prepare, promote and distribute informative brochures on climate and carbon, climate and water, climate and energy, climate and forests, climate and recycling, climate and organic agriculture.
  • To promote school information, Social Media and Challenge campaigns and eco-literacy brochures.
  • Increasing the self-confidence of young people and increasing their civic
    entrepreneurship skills.
  • To strengthen mutual understanding between young people in different countries
  • To provide opportunities for young people to become active and responsible citizens.
  • Enabling young people to use their personal skills as a tool.
  • To understand the importance of cross-border cooperation on the climate crisis.
  • To improve the learning performance of young people, to increase their employability, to increase their career expectations.

THE EFFECTS AND THE RESULTS ARE….

  • By examining the causes of climate change under main headings, gaining awareness of small details and individual responsibilities, creating an impact in the local community with this awareness.
  • Developing their skills in climate with research and verification studies in the preparation stages of Eco Literacy guides.
  • Developing leadership experience by transferring the skills gained after the trainings to be given by our association on water and carbon footprint to students in schools.
  • Encouraging the use of bicycles, which is an environmentally friendly and clean means of transportation,
  • Having the chance to prove your skills by getting ‘Climate Friendly Individual Certificate’ and Youth Pass Certificate.
  • To follow the world agenda and gain a habit of media literacy.
  • The efforts of young people in advocacy work will ensure their participation as youth leaders.
  • In addition to improving their English skills, they are expected to gain the ability to communicate in Turkish.
  • The project aims to reduce our volunteers’ carbon and water footprint by 50% and the target group (students) by 30% (the difference will be measured by evaluation at the beginning and end of the project).

  • By addressing the climate crisis under different headings (gas, water, recycling, energy, forests, agriculture, etc.), wrong behaviors will be revealed with all the details.

  • Social Campaign will be organized on special days related to Environment and Climate.

  • Challenge: Our volunteers will encourage students to challenge their carbon and water footprint with the support of teachers in school promotions.

  • Participants are expected to learn the scientific reasons of natural events caused by the climate crisis and develop their Eco-Literacy (climate-friendly behavior) skills.

  • Participants are expected to improve their social, cultural, linguistic and managerial skills through project activities.

  • Eco-Literacy brochures will be provided to reach the relevant persons, institutions and NGOs with the promotional meetings.

ABOUT HOSTING ORGANIZATION

Karasu Gençlik, Sanat ve Spor Kulübu Derneği association was established in 2010 in Sakarya as a Youth and Sports Association by volunteer teachers. Our association, which was active in local activities until 2014, has started to focus on international studies after this date. Within this scope, international studies started with youth projects and progressed towards sports projects with the increasing capacity of our association. In this process, the number of volunteers has increased significantly. Initially, our volunteers consisted of high school and university students.  After starting sports projects, our organization has become rich especially with coaches, teachers and academicians. Moreover, our association has been Eurodesk Turkey Contact Point in 2019.

Karasu Association has done some work in this process, as follows:

  • Basketball course for children between the ages of 8-12,
  • Futsal team (active in international tournaments)
  • Bocce team,
  • Volleyball team (local)
  • Organization of beach sports in Karasu,
  • Traditional game sharing days,
  • Folk dances,
  • Concerts and street festivals
  • Trekking activities,
  • Food days to introduce traditional healthy meals,
  • Environmental cleaning activities,
  • Designing artistic products from waste materials,
  • Information on climate change,
  • Energy efficiency awareness studies,
  • Erasmus + and project writing seminars within the scope of Eurodesk,

They organize regular art activities in Karasu to protect young people from bad habits. One of these is the Tintin Festival. The festival is organized every year in May with the organization of our volunteer İlker Işık. Folk dance ensembles and concerts are exhibited in this festival. In addition, an exhibition of products produced in our association’s courses and traditional dishes are served.

Association is doing graffiti studies under the leadership of Gülçin Çar, vice president of our association. In this area, trainings are given to young people and students. Instrument courses are given by music teacher Mehmet Yıldız and Kemençe instructor Mehmet Yavuz.

They also regularly perform folk dances with İsmail Hakkı Yavuzyiğit, a folk-dance instructor.

They are participating in many international competitions and festivals with our folk-dance team called Stars of the North. Our association also carries out works combining art with environment cleaning. In this context, we organize activities from waste to art. We make recyclable materials suitable for use with artistic touches. In this regard, we realized the Erasmus + Youth Exchange project ‘Touch, Change, Live’. As an association, we believe that these activities and projects contribute greatly to the personal development of young people and students; therefore, we encourage them to participate in these projects every year.

ABOUT THE CITY

Sakarya, formerly Adapazarı, city, northwestern Turkey. It lies in a fertile plain west of the Sakarya River, situated along the old military road from Istanbul to the west. The region came under Ottoman control in the early 14th century, and the city acquired its present name at the end of the 18th century.

Sakarya is an agricultural and industrial center. It is connected by a branch line to the main railway system of Anatolia, by which its wheat, tobacco, fruits, and vegetables are transported to the Istanbul markets. The city has a large sugar beet processing plant. A stone bridge that was built during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I is the only surviving ancient monument. Pop. (2000) 283,752; (2013 est.) 439,602.

Sakarya (Turkish: Sakarya ili) is a province in Turkey, located on the coast of Black Sea. The Sakarya River creates a webbing of estuaries in the province. Sakarya is in the Marmara Region. Its adjacent provinces are Kocaeli to the west, Bilecik to the south, Bolu to the southeast, and Düzce to the east.

The capital of Sakarya is Adapazarı. The climate is oceanic due to its proximity to the Black Sea.

Sakarya is situated on the AnkaraIstanbul Highway. It is connected through both road and rail. Sakarya is serviced by Istanbul‘s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The current mayor of Sakarya is Ekrem Yüce as of 2019.[1] (AKP). The city of Sakarya, one of the most important cities in Turkey for its rapid growth and development, is also attention worthy for its natural beauties and cultural richness. It is one of the paradise-like spots of the country with its sea, beaches, lakes, rivers, highlands, thermal springs along with traditional Ottoman lifestyle districts such as Taraklı and Geyve, and historical relics inherited from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras that are worth witnessing.

 

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Welcome to BRAVO dear Sena, Burhan, Betül and Çağlar, welcome to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Four international volunteers arrived in Sarajevo on the 1st of March, ready to start their short-term ESC project. Sena, Betül, Burhan and Çağlar are young people who came from Turkey to volunteer in BRAVO, and they will live and work with us for the next 2 months, until April 30th.

Firstly, to make sure that they will make the best out of their time in Sarajevo, BRAVO local volunteers offered them their time and made sure that our international volunteers had a great day. Furthermore, at the arrival, BRAVO local members helped the volunteers to get more comfortable in their new surroundings, by taking them on a tour through beautiful Sarajevo. Upon their arrival, Sena, Betül, Burhan and Çağlar had the opportunity to enjoy and taste Bosnian food, learn about Bosnian culture, and meet friendly Bosnian people.

Since they came here to gain new experiences and to learn new things, they have also visited BRAVO’s office and learned about our basic responsibilities and tasks that they are going to perform and provide in the next two months.

PROJECT DAILY PROGRAM:

Working hours will usually be from 09:00am – 17:00pm, but since our volunteers will work in different institutions, working hours will vary from agreement with that institution. However, they will not work more than 8 hours with breaks, each day.

Since the main focus of our organization are international projects, it is planned for them to work on some projects that BRAVO is planning or implementing in the next 2 months. At the same time, we are actively working with people with fewer opportunities, and our volunteers will participate and work in some of our partner institutions where they will work with, and assist people with disabilities, Down syndrome, but also work in the sensory room. 

In the most trophy-winning, women’s club in Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFK 2000 Sarajevo, our volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the young girls and women through their training activities. They will have the opportunity to participate in promotion activities planned for the football school for girls. Also, through various activities, they will have the opportunity to improve their skills, but also gain various experiences and knowledge.

Even though the Erasmus+ program does not cover the language support in the short-term ESC projects, we think it is important for our volunteers to communicate with people with disabilities in Bosnian language, so the volunteers will have the opportunity to attend, one hour a week, a Bosnian language course with the disabled people in the center, free of charge.

These will be the basic commands which are needed in the activities. The program is not “fixed” and can be adapted and changed based on the volunteer’s performances. This means that volunteers can stay in the BRAVO office even more days if they find themselves more into Project Management or Youth policies, but also, they can spend more time working with our sport clubs or/and institutions for People with disabilities.

SENDING ORGANIZATIONS:

Egitim Programlari ve Evrensel ve Kulturel Aktiviteler Dernegi - EPEKA

Burhan and Çağlar are representing an amazing organization called Egitim Programlari ve Evrensel ve Kulturel Aktiviteler Dernegi – EPEKA, located in Sinop.

EPEKA was established in 2012 for the purpose of creating and developing cultural and educational programs for the disadvantaged young people and women. They are a nongovernmental and non-profit organization, with 35 members, who are active in the field of contemporary art, ICT, non-formal education, ecology, entrepreneurship, local handicrafts, youth programs and volunteering. EPEKA has quite a lot of experience in EU Youth in Action and Erasmus + programs, and we also provide non-formal education abroad and in our town with a multicultural atmosphere for the young people that we are working with, which means we often send them to European countries, so they can gain more knowledge through an international group of young people, such as through youth exchanges, training courses for youth and youth volunteering, and at the same time we host European young people here in Sinop for youth exchanges about environment, crisis management, leadership skills, volunteering for the disabled people and orator skills. EPEKA is accredited as a sending and hosting organization for the European Voluntary Service. Within EVS we host young volunteers in our town in the rehabilitation center for the mentally and physically disabled people. Providing traineeship in Sinop for the university students whose major is SEN and organizing student exchange programs with different countries from all around the world, are some of our activities too.

 

We worked for the disadvantaged women in our Grundtvig project “WOW- Working on Women” with our European partners. Within this project, we provided cooking, handcrafts, computers, women and childcare, and English courses for the women who are lower educated and unemployed. We still hold English classes for the disadvantaged women and youth.

For the purpose of raising awareness of animal rights, we provided volunteering activities for our youth to work in the animal shelter in our town, to cook for them and play with the animals that are living in the cages and organize sales with our young people for fundraising to buy food and medical equipment for the homeless animals.

Our website: https://epeka.org.tr/en/

Bolu Gençlik ve Spor İl Müdürlüğü

Sena and Betul are representind a Bolu Gençlik ve Spor İl Müdürlüğü

TASK DEFINITION OF BOLU:

To carry out activities supporting the personal, social and sportive development of the youth; To provide opportunities to develop their own potentials by taking into account the needs of different youth groups, and to provide loans, scholarships, accommodation and nutrition for the young people in higher education.


SUMMARY INFORMATION ON SERVICES 


To make researches and researches on the needs of the youth and the services and opportunities offered to the youth, to develop suggestions, to provide information, guidance and counseling in the field of youth.


– To determine the procedures and principles regarding youth work and projects.

– To carry out youth studies and projects, to support these studies and projects, to control their implementation and results.

– To observe that sports activities are carried out within the plan and program and in accordance with the legislation, to take measures to encourage their development and spread.

– To determine the policies to be applied in the field of sports and to ensure the implementation of international rules and instructions.

– To perform other duties and services given by the Ministry.

More information find on their website: http://bolu.gsb.gov.tr/

#SafeSPORTevent started with online partners meeting

On 16th of February 2021 the partners of #SafeSPORTevent have gathered online to discuss project activities, administration, implementation and reporting of projects in the field of sports, as well as the opportunities for implementation of activities in time of pandemic COVID-19.

#SafeSPORTevent project comes in very challenging times for Europe and the world. European Commission’s main objective is the safety of all Erasmus+ and European’s Solidarity Corps’ participants and protection from any further similar challenges that might come in future. As European Commission enthusiastically works in helping with biosecurity emergencies such as #COVID19, the present project will provide practical scenarios and tools for sport organizations to ensure safety and security protocols. Project has been developed with and for sport entities to ensure the proper reactions of sport managers, organizers, and volunteers in case of security emergency.

#SafeSPORTevent aims to protect athletes, especially the youngest ones, from health and safety hazards by improving training and competition conditions, especially during major security threats that need to be handled by specific security protocols that currently do not exist in the sport sector. The practical focus of the project is to support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers, and staff of non-profit sports organizations for educational purposes and to help them acquire and improve the skills needed to operate when a safe and secure environment has been disturbed. Goal is to empower them to co-create and use specific protocols for safety and security, tailored for large groups of people during the sports events.

Throughout education #SafeSPORTevent project can help increase awareness in the field of safety and security in sport, thus making positive change in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey as direct project beneficiaries, but also all over Europe as project deliverables will be freely shared with the sport community.

TO ACHIEVE THE AIMS, THE FOLLOWING OUTPUTS WILL BE DEVELOPED:

  • Good practices toolkit: Safe Sport Event edition including practical brochures (protocols) for Safe Sport Event that sport organizations can use as guide during the organization of local/national/international sport events and innovative Education Through Sport activities with focus on safety and security (non-formal educational activities).
  • Empowered sport managers, administrators, and volunteers in two European Union countries, and one in each Programme country and Western Balkans country to work on raising awareness of safety and security protocols in sport with a focus on sport events.
  • Completed international training Complex security environment and Sports and implemented local training courses as a replication of the international TC to ensure snowfall effect.

    #SafeSPORTevent is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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