Eyüboğlu High School, Turkey |

Small Steps, Newly Shaped Lives

We are delighted to share a blog written by Project for Working Independent Women project, students at Eyüboğlu High School who are part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.

Their project is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community. 

Our extraordinary experience shared with women, strong bonds between group members and recognizing our impact on society by bringing women back to life.

Project Overview

We observed that the women in our community are dealing with the lack of job opportunities. A lot of women cannot be active in business life due to different reasons such as having kids and not being able to leave them alone. Some members of our group met some women in these conditions so we are familiar with the difficulties of their lives.

We directly spoke to some of these women so we believe that this is one of the most important experiences of our lives. We all saw the living conditions and challenges that they are facing. We are planning to give workshops to those women mentioned in order to teach them to make some homemade products and sell them through the internet. To achieve our goal, we created a website and an Instagram account which is called “pwiw_2018” to advertise the products made by theses women and sell the products that they made.

We started to meet experts to help us with the workshops we planned and we had meetings with some centers to provide a place for those workshops. We started to search for some sponsors in order to gain financial support for our project.for the shelters.

Our Journey

First of all, we learned to work as a group and we believe that this is an important feature. Also, we developed our planning skills as well. We believe being sensitive towards our community is one of the most required traits in our country and in the world.

This project helped us to show our sensitivity about the issue and help as much as we can to the ones in need. We learned that we are capable of so many things. We were able to plan, find financial support, and have improved our communication skills drastically. We saw that we can deal with all the challenges that we faced. The biggest challenge was to find a place to give our workshops and reaching to the women we mentioned before.

We didn’t give up, we searched for more centers to cooperate with us in order to provide us space for our project and we called associations as much as we could.

The Next Chapter

We would suggest them to work as a big group with many people involved so that it will be easier for them to reach out to certain organizations, companies and people. They also can increase the variety of workshops that they are planning to give in order to equip the target audience with many skills that they can use to make a living. It is also important to choose skills that are easier to teach and learn.

We would recommend them to work very planned and be organized since they will be working with a very sensitive group who is in need of any kind of help and they would not want to let them down. Also we would suggest them to finance their project by finding effective and supportive sponsorship. They should plan their expenses and come up with the most efficient financial proposal since some companies may not be willing to sponsor high expense project.

They should also use their communication skills effectively in order to persuade the potential sponsorship that their project is worth sponsoring and is beneficial to at least one of the social groups in the community.

The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.