what is afes

AFES stands for Association for Educational Support and is a charity, based in Basel Switzerland (Swiss civil code, Article 60ff).

Our mission is to help children in need, by providing the financial assistance necessary to complete their education. Presently, we focus on the education of young girls in Turkey.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute (Women in Statistics, 2014), there are 5 times more illiterate females in Turkey than illiterate males. In other words, 4 million women (> 25 years old) who cannot read or write, because their families cannot afford to send them to school or because they are forced to marry at a very young age.

We hope to foster a generation of educated young women, by supporting them with scholarships.

AFES is also known as VEFA (Verein für Ausbildungshilfe) in some countries.