Turkish Human Resources Education and Health Foundation (TİKAV) was founded by Akın Family on January 15, 1999 in Ankara to carry out the social responsibility projects of Akfen Holding. Akfen Holding engages in human investment with its social responsibility activities with an eye to attaining sustainable success through strategies that take into account social needs. Employees of Akfen have a high social awareness and contribute to various social responsibility projects of TİKAV. The foundation carries out the mission of creating a benefit for the society with social responsibility projects in an effort to raise individuals that adapt to innovations of the constantlyevolving information age, are respectful towards social and universal values, environmentally-conscious and demonstrate a sense of social responsibility. TİKAV runs projects in various subjects and areas to serve this mission.
Personal Development Program
TİKAV launched many projects since its inception and was a trailblazer in Turkey with the Personal Development Programme (BGP) which has been implemented since 1999. The goal of BGP is to create equal opportunities for university students with little access to educational, cultural and personal development activities due to socioeconomic circumstances in particular. To this end, the foundation provides scholarship to students from freshman year to the senior year to help them enrich their knowledge and skills in various personal development, foreign language and computer training programs, culture-arts and community service programs as well as national and international projects, talks and professional programs.
Personal Development Program was first launched in 1999 for the students of Elazığ Fırat University. It was later applied in Van Yüzüncü Yıl University in 2003, Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University, Ankara University and Eskişehir Osmangazi Universities in 2006. In 2009, TİKAV set the goal of providing equal opportunities in access to educational resources, and focused on universities older than a decade in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolian Regions. To this end, the foundation launched the project in Elazığ Fırat University, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Şanlıurfa Harran University, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University and Erzurum Atatürk University. Since 2014, the project has been run only for Fırat University students. The project has reached out to approximately 300 young people since its inception in 1999.
TİKAV Career Workshop – Mentee-Mentor Program
The program launched in 2013 joins managers and employees (mentors) from Akfen and its subsidiaries affiliates and the senior students with TİKAV’s scholarship (mentees). Volunteers receive mentorship training and share their professional experiences with mentees both on the internet and in person, giving them ideas on how to draw up their own career plans. TİKAV aims to open the doors of Professional life to students preparing to become “Leaders of the Future” and to spread a sense of social responsibility within the business world. A total of 35 scholarship- holders and mentors have participated in the program so far.
Projects Carried Out In Cooperation With MIP
TİKAV runs various social responsibility projects in Mersin in partnership with Mersin International Port (MIP), which were coordinated by TİKAV and financed by MIP. As part of a project entitled “New Customs to Old Villages” launched in 2010, nearly 150 students aged from seven to fourteen in the mountain villages of Mersin received training in computer use and hygiene/personal care. In 2011, parents of preschool children in Akdeniz province were engaged in “School for Mothers” project, which later continued in villages in the Toroslar district in 2012. A total of 470 mothers have been involved in the project. Meanwhile, “Hand in Hand with Muhtars” project launched in 2013 created direct benefits for 100 muhtars who received seminars on communication techniques, effective leadership, rules for official correspondence and computer use. Plans have been in place to renovate one school per year since 2012.
The aim is to create social benefit by providing the means to whitewash, paint and renovate a school in need, as determined by the Mersin Provincial Directorate of National Education. Furthermore, educational materials and furniture needs of the buildings are also financed by the project budget. To this end; in 2012, Mersin Kazanlı Primary School was renovated as part of the “Colors: Our Common Language” project, Mersin Dikilitaş Kindergarten was renovated as part of the “We Repair for You to Study” program in 2013 and. Lately in 2014, Mersin Halil Akgün Primary and Middle School was renovated. The project will continue renovation works in 2015 with Mersin Toroslar Vali Sabahattin Çakmakoğlu Middle School and Mersin Akdeniz Zeki Sabah Primary School. Meanwhile, the “Disabilities Within” project launched in 2014 aims to propagate the idea that disability is not a victimhood, to encourage the disabled to participate in social life and to create equal opportunities for them. The aim has been to raise awareness in individuals with disabled persons in their families. The project reached out to total of 900 families throughout the year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Turkey
On behalf of Akfen Holding, TIKAV supports The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, a youth development program applied in more than 140 countries worldwide and available to every young person aged between 14 to 24. The award program was first launched in the UK under the name Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1956, supported by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh himself. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award aims to spread an awareness of social service based on volunteerism, without a sense of competition. The program was first carried out in our country in 1995. In 2001, TİKAV was authorized to apply the program within its organization as independent operator of the International Award for Young People in 2001.
Akfen Holding has supported the program since 2003, becoming its main sponsor between 2003 and 2013 as part of Youth Award Association. As of June 1, 2013, the Award Program has been implemented under the name “The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award- Türkiye”, represented by TİKAV, National Award Operator, and run by National Award Committee. The International Award for Young People reached a total of more than 8 million young people so far, with nearly 12,000 of them from Turkey. The program is actively implemented in 55 units, with more than 2,500 young participants.