2013 Points of Light “Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence” for Community Footprints

    The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul


    The Province of Van is located in the eastern region of Turkey, where the winter season is long and the weather conditions are tough. Dincbas Elementary School and Zincirli Elementary School are two primary schools serving 270 students from ages 6 through 12 years old.


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Wall Charts:
    World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (Turkish) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    New or Gently Used Children’s Cold Weather Clothing and Shoes

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of October 14, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.