Can we make a toy out of a dish sponge?
Yes, we can! Any object can be used as a toy if a child and a mother can build a quality relationship even if they live in a restricted area with limited resources. Under Civil Society Dialogue III, a 15-month project by TOÇEV (Tüvana Foundation for Children Willing to Study) was supported with a budget of 148.500 EURO to implement the 'I am Free’ Project in corporation with Worldview Impact Foundation. Within the Project, mothers staying with their children and correction officers at 7 different departments of corrections facilities in 5 pilot cities were visited each month. In total 608 mothers, 610 children and 364 correction officers were trained on different subjects, which helped them to establish this quality relationship. From how to respond to the needs of children to how to play with them, what to use as a toy to how to communicate with their children, mothers have developed better skills through the trainings held by professionals. An impact assessment report has been published as an output of the project and shared with the press.