Turkmenistan Foundation seeks your help!
- Hello RPCVs,
I'm writing on behalf of the Turkmenistan Youth and Civic Values
Foundation, now in its second year of existence. Formed by six RPCVs
from Turkmenistan, the Foundation is working to provide assistance in
Turkmenistan, focusing on education, cultural exchange, and civic
values - all the things you worked for during your Peace Corps
service. We've had a great first year and are anticipating even more
good projects to come this year.
The Foundation recently opened up another round of TOEFL scholarships
in Turkmenistan for the upcoming Spring TOEFL test date, receiving
over 40 applications for just four scholarships! Even more amazing is
that we were able to fully fund a total of five students' TOEFL test-
related costs. The word in Turkmenistan is out about the Foundation's
work, and the applicant pool for these four scholarships was
incredibly impressive. With every passing TOEFL scholarship period,
we receive more and more applications of higher quality and even more
extraordinary applicants. Some of these applicants may have even been
At the present time, we are expanding our operations and, and we're
seeking help from all reaches of the Peace Corps community to do so.
Four of the Foundation's annual goals are as follows:
- fund two full scholarships to the American University in Central
Asia for the 2007-08 academic school year;
- dramatically increase our resources for funding even more TOEFL
- fund four community development projects between now and May 2008;
- expand our capacity for intercultural exchange programs.
So, maybe you're thinking, "Hm, TOEFL tests, scholarships and
exchanges and such. I like!" We hope so. That's the whole point of
the Foundation it wants to fund the right kind of projects and
people that we know will work well back in a country that doesn't
currently have much NGO activity at all.
Well, how about being a part of it? For the Foundation to achieve
these goals, these projects require your help.
First, funding. We do a lot with a little; Here's a sampling of what
-$50 funds the development of a school exchange kit, linking
classrooms in Turkmenistan with classrooms in the U.S.
-$150 funds TOEFL application fees and test preparation assistance
for one student.
-$1,000 funds the implementation of a Turkmen artisan support project
(among other similar projects!).
-$3,000 funds one full academic year scholarship for one student at
Second, and beyond donations, we can use your help in reaching even
more potential donors. Email your contact lists, send pages ripped
from your address book,even send email addresses of anyone you know
who may be interested in supporting or learning about the Foundation.
We do not sell or exchange mailing lists, and the Foundation sends
minimal mailings per year. It's all volunteer labor, and we often use
our own cash to get the word out about the Foundation.
One of the difficulties of post-Peace Corps life that we all face is
deciding how to continue to encourage future growth and development
in the countries we served in after we're home. The Foundation
provides that unique opportunity for you to continue to support
positive, practical, and tenable development work. In supporting the
Foundation, you can invest the enthusiasm and energy of your service
in on-going and future projects and community improvement efforts in
Turkmenistan for years to come.
If you have any further questions about our projects or the
Foundation itself, e-mail or call. We have made a commitment to make
the Foundation: (1) a (if not the) major NGO in Turkmenistan; and (2)
a model and source of inspiration and change in how to
approach "development" in Turkmenistan, distinct from methods of
development that exist there already.
So please check out our website at http://www.turkmenistan-
foundation.org for details about our work or how to contact us. Thank
you for your support. Hope to hear from you soon!
Turkmenistan RPCV, 2003-2005
P.S. Checks can be made payable to the Turkmenistan Foundation and
mailed to P.O. Box 7215, Washington, D.C. 20044. We appreciate
donations in any amount, and remember that they're also completely
tax deductible! Thanks, guys.