ÇİĞDEMİM: Association for education, environment, and solidarity.
Our mission: by extending the culture of being a neighbour, being effective on decision-making process and enhancing the neighbour’s quality of life.
Our vision: being a neighbourhood where individuals who has different characteristics are happy and effective on the processes of decision-making in both local and national levels and where the culture of being a neighbourhood and supporting one another is placed.
Transparency: The association shares all the information and documentation about the applications and the decisions made.
Voluntariness: All the actions taken in the association are based on voluntariness.
Solidarity: The association takes an approach of being helpful, sharer, devoted, and sensitive to environment and public events in all actions taken.
Disinterestedness: The association is unbiased in all the actions taken and is open to different ideas, opinions, and suggestions.
Neutrality: The association is neutral to political parties and independent.
Participant: The association makes its decisions with all relevant parties, women, children, the disabled, the elderly, etc. in compromission. It participates in social decision-making mechanisms in line with its mission, vision, and values. It deals with the comprehensive work on every issue that concerns the neighbourhood with a civic consciousness after determining the common understanding, division of labour, authority and responsibilities and accepting them.
Pioneer: The association plays a leading role inside and around the society with its exemplary practices.
Learning Organization: The association is open to change and development and makes use of all opportunities for this.
Çiğdem association for education, environment, and solidarity (ÇİĞDEMİM) is established by 14 people who believes that one should do something rather than expecting things being handled by state in 1996. At first, it worked collaboratively with the reeve to solve the problems of the neighbourhood. After gaining enough power, the number of activities and work increased.
ÇİĞDEMİM is an independent, impartial, and voluntary action.
With the main intention of improving the quality of life of the residents of the neighbourhood and to strengthen the neighbourly relations that are almost being forgotten, ÇİĞDEMİM carries out wide range of work in this direction. In each event, the association elaborates neighbours getting to know one another. Thus, the improvement of neighbourly relations is ensured.
We care about developing awareness of social responsibility in our work with the residents of our neighbourhood and we believe that those who take care of the neighbourhood they live in and deal with the problems of it will stake out a claim of the problems of our country and will take action when necessary.
Code number of the association: 06-51-095
Bank account number: Türkiye İş Bankası, Ankara Çukurambar Branch, 4379 – 0001560,
IBAN: TR73 0006 4000 0014 3790 0015 60
Address: Çiğdem Mahallesi, 1551. Cadde No: 14-A, 06530 Ankara/Çankaya
Phone number: +90 312 285 20 47 / +90-530 660 95 83
Mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of Our Activities
Oğuz Tansel Neighbourhood Library
Our neighborhood library, which has only 200 books in a bookcase made from a sofa bed at the beginning, now has roughly 30000 books. More than 4000 books per year are read.
Seminars and Communes
With the purpose of meeting the residents of the neighbourhood, spending quality time together, and while doing this, sharing our knowledge and experience, we organise seminars and communes on various subjects.
Neighbours Day Fair
We are trying to strengthen neighbourly relations with the event we have been organizing since 2006. Music concerts, folklore performances, competitions, and shows of our association’s ensembles are exhibited at this fair. Neighbours meet one another and spend quality time together. In Ramadan, we organize iftar with our neighbours at the Kardeşler Sofrası. In Muharram, we make and distribute Kardeşlik ashura.
Tree Planting and Maintenance
We planted lots of trees and fruit seeds in M.E.T.U. forest and more than 2000 trees in our neighbourhood by organizing various campaigns. In addition to the maintenance of these trees, we also take care of the trees already planted on the pavements.
Turkish Classical Music Choir Turkish Classical Music Choir, which we formed within our association in 2003, works with music lovers of all ages and organizes concerts every year.
We bring together the residents of our neighbourhood with the tickets we buy and the transportation services we provide for cultural events such as theatre, opera, ballet and concerts.
We communicate with our neighbours through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and we have a website used by more than 4000 people.
We organize domestic and abroad trips, which our neighbourhood residents socialize, to umpteen regions to get to know the historical and natural beauties
Solving Problems of Our Neighbourhood
We are in correspondence with municipalities and public institutions to solve the problems of the neighbourhood. We created public opinion on the repair of streetlamps, asphalt, and pavements, removing the high-voltage line, reorganizing the municipal bus route, combating mistletoe, and pouring gafriya into the M.E.T.U. forest, and we succeeded in solving these problems. We scrambled by filing lawsuits regarding base stations. In order to draw attention to the problems in Şirindere region, we organized a petition with the theme “Şirindere is now a problematic creek.” and we protested the situation.
We held a public vote together with Çankaya Municipality to remove the astroturf pitch facilities in our neighbourhood and build parks and sports areas that everyone can use. Thus, Can Yücel park opened to public use.
We contributed to the opening of the new school by running a campaign to solve the school problem in our neighbourhood.
Waste Recycling Project
We collect electronic waste, dead batteries and used vegetable oils in our association and deliver them to relevant recycling organizations. We collect waste papers such as newspapers and magazines in our association to generate income from them and other recyclable wastes such as glass and plastic in municipal recycling bins.
We received the e-waste hero award for our contribution to the recycling of electronic waste at the Electrical and Electronic Waste Summit organized by Istanbul Technical University on March 5-6, 2015.
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