The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a global network of affluent individuals, grant-making foundations, and socially responsible corporations, immobilizes financial and human resources to fulfill social needs and advance strategic philanthropy. Meeting biennially as part of the congress, the Global Donors Forum aims to nurture socioeconomic values beyond racial, religious, and political differences.
Held in Istanbul in 2016 and in London this year, the Global Donors Forum presented the Humanitarian Service Recognition Award in the category of the Legacy of Philanthropy Awards to the First Lady of Turkey H.E. Emine Erdoğan. Last year, H.E. Emine Erdoğan visited the Kutupalong Camp in Bangladesh with a crowded delegation to attract attention to the human tragedy in Arakan and to distribute aid.
While accepting the award at the ceremony, H.E. Emine Erdoğan emphasized the Turkish nation’s strong history of philanthropy and added that Turkey is supporting not only refugees but also people in many geographies from Africa to Gaza.
Reminding attendants that Turkey is the largest donor of humanitarian aid in the world in proportion to its gross national income, H.E. Erdoğan continued by saying, “Tonight, I receive the Humanitarian Service Recognition Award on behalf of this noble nation which represents the conscience of humanity. The true recipient of this meaningful award which I am honored to accept is my country, my state, and my nation which responds to any cry for help no matter where it comes from and regardless of religion, language or race.”
At the same ceremony, Turkish Airlines was presented with an award in the “Creative Collaboration” category for its support for the movement #LoveArmyForSomalia in 2017. Turkish Airlines SVP, Corporate Communications Seda Kalyoncu received the award on behalf of the global brand and commented by saying, “We thank the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists for presenting our brand with this precious award, which is, doubtlessly, among the most meaningful awards we’ve received so far. As the national flag carrier of the country which is the largest donor of humanitarian aid in the world in proportion to its GDP, we are proud to have offered our support for this movement.”
Demonstrating their sensitivity on the issue of humanitarian aid, Turkish Airlines administration and employees raised 1 million Turkish liras to fulfill the needs of refugees who fled from the state of Arakan in Myanmar and took shelter in Bangladesh, and delivered this aid to the region via the Turkish Red Crescent in December of last year.
Having sent aid to tens of thousands of people so far, Turkish Airlines’ projects in Africa include building and repairing schools, orphanages, and clinics; providing educational services; and opening water wells. In addition to these projects, Turkish Airlines also collaborates with local authorities and hospitals to install solar panels at clinics outside the cities and to conduct cataract operations.