This is Fatima, a modest woman that is impressively involved in women issues and employment in Diyarbakir and her peaceful mother Helima. They hosted us while we were in the area and overwhelmed us with their generosity and kindness.
Between my broken Turkish, her few words of English and a dictionary we learned that at day she works at the hospital’s information center educating people about the dangers of smoking. And in the afternoons she volunteers for two cooperatives, a women’s kitchen, and a silk scarves production facility. Because of her soft demeanor and modesty, you’d never guess her accomplishments. Among working, volunteering, and taking care of her elder mother, she is attending university to study sociology!
It seemed like she knew everyone in town and made sure to rally them up for our workshop! For the first few days we were in Diyarbakir she was consistently on the phone, and although we couldn’t understand most of what she was saying, we understood “GlobalGiving” “America” and “Mosafer” which means traveler.
She took care of us, fed us, showed us around, and introduced us to everyone that could help. And her mother, stood by the door everyday to pray for us as we left to our meetings. I will forever be grateful for their hospitality and kindness