Supporting Communities

Papuduk Book Series

We added three new books in 2021 to the Papuduk book set created to raise new generations who love and protect animals and nature. The Papuduk series targets children who are 7-9 years old. Over 75 thousand books were distributed free of charge to teachers, relevant institutions, and public schools in disadvantaged areas to reach more children. Also in 2021, we reached 600 children through both online and face-to-face workshops about book content. Sabancı Foundation Board of Trustees Member Serra Sabancı would listen to the stories of Rabbit Papuduk from her grandmother as a young child. These stories were penned by Tolga Öztorun, a Sabancı Foundation Changemaker, and Lider Hepgenç, a creative drama tutor, and illustrated by Ece Zeber. Reviewed by Prof. Feyza Çorapçı, the stories were then ready to reach out to all children across Turkey through Tekir Publishing House. You can find audio versions of all books read by actress Eda Ece on the Sabancı Foundation website.

WOW Festival

The world’s largest festival for women, WOW – Women of the World Festival, was organized online for the first time in Turkey on March 5-6-7, 2021, by the Sabancı Foundation and British Council. The Festival was organized in Istanbul on the theme Seeing the City through Women’s Gaze and launched with opening speeches by the Foundation Director and founder Jude Kelly, British Council Turkey Director Cherry Gough, British Council Board of Trustees Chair Stevie Spring and Sabancı Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı. The online festival received over 100 thousand views daily during the first three days, then reached 1.2 million views. Offering simultaneous interpretation with Turkish Sign Language, Turkish and English subtitles, and simultaneous Turkish audio description, the festival can be viewed on the www.wowistanbul.org website and the official YouTube pages of the British Council Turkey and Sabancı Foundation.