The Institute's Annual Friendship and Dialog Dinner is on November 7, 2012 @6:30pm.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Mr. Metin Cetiner from "Kimse Yok Mu" aid organization, the largest non-governmental aid organization in Turkey. He will address a very hot topic: "Syrian Refugee Crisis" and share his first hand experiences with the audience.
Join us to learn what's being done for tens of thousands of refugees in a struggling part of the world.
WHAT IS KIMSE YOK MU
It was the scream emerged, “Kimse Yok Mu?” (“Is Anybody There?” in Turkish) out of stones and wreckages after the Earthquake of August 17, 1999 in Turkey. And those who were under the wreckages and those wanting to rescue them were shouting to each other: “Is anybody there?” inspiration of the “Kimse Yok Mu” aid organization, now the largest non-governmental aid organization of Turkey.
It has been first started as a TV show using this scream as its motto for gathering help for people effected from the biggest and worst earthquake of Turkey’s history. The TV show evolved eventually and became an NGO serving to people in need all over the world with no race, religion or background in mind.
Some of main campaigns of Kimse Yok Mu include aid organizations for 2004 Indonesia tsunami, 2006 Pakistani flood, Haiti earthquake, Palestine-Lebanon, Peru, Bangladesh, Sudan-Darfur, Georgia-Ossetia, Myanmar, China, Gaza, and Japan. The campaign for Syrian refugees is the ongoing campaign as the total count has surged to over 100,000 refugees in Turkey. as well as different campaigns in Turkey. On the other hand, the association reached people from 60 countries to convey aids of Turkish people through different occasions.
WHO IS METIN CETINER?
Mr. Metin Cetiner, serves as the vice-president of Kimse Yok Mu, is working for the organization since 2008. He has initiated and supervised several local and international campaigns in the name of the organization. He is currently participating the aid organizations for Syrian refugees in the South-East region if Turkey.
After having his bachelor’s degree from Bogazici University in 1992, Mr. Cetiner worked as an educator and administrator in different schools in Turkey, Romania and United States for 16 years. He continues his service to the local and global community in a different area.