Ever since the streets near my Istanbul home started to fill with Syrians fleeing the war, I’ve been trying to help. First I gave clothes and food, and more recently I’ve been posting details about the different organisations helping Syrians in Istanbul and throughout Turkey. Now I want to do something more. Buy a copy of any of my books through Amazon and Createspace in February or March 2016 and I will donate AUD$1 of the purchase price of each copy sold (both paperback and ebook versions) to Small Projects Istanbul*.
I know that as you’ve been enjoying my posts you’ll enjoy my books. If you’ve already read one of them, there are two more to choose from. Alternatively, if you’re not a big reader but know someone who is, buy one of my books for them. Buy one book or buy them all! I’ve provided links to excerpts or reviews to help you decide. There are links through to Amazon on each page and on the right hand side of my website – just click on the picture of the book you want and you’re away!
Click here to read an excerpt from Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries
Click here to read a review of Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul
The idea to donate from sales came from my husband Kim Hewett, a gifted author if I do say so myself! If you ever wondered what it was like to grow up in inner city Sydney in the 1960s, then you’ll love his book Out With the Boys: the Sharpie Days. As with my books, AUD $1 of every copy of Kim’s book sold through Amazon and Createspace will also be donated to Small Projects Istanbul.
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Thanks very much for your support and help. Happy reading!
*A non-government organisation, Small Projects Istanbul believe it is imperative for refugees to continue with their education and to develop skills which will be of use when they are finally able to return to Syria. To date SPI have helped refugee women create an income by teaming them up with local businesses, sponsored children to go back to school and opened a venue called The Olive Tree. It provides a safe place for families to relax and have fun together, a Turkish homework club, as well as Turkish, Arabic and English language classes. Ultimately SPI hope the Syrians they are working with now will develop their own programs using the facilities and resources SPI are able to provide.