February 11, 2015

Kimse Yok Mu’s health and education complex unveiled by Ugandan president

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda, attended the opening of a health and education complex built by the Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) in Jinha, Uganda's second largest city.

Appreciating the work done by Kimse Yok Mu in Uganda, Museveni said he is pleased by the opening of the complex, which contains state-of-the-art Nile Hospital, a school and a dormitory. Ugandan Minister for Education Jessica Alupo and deputy Health Minister Dr. Katumba Ssentongo Gubala were also present at the opening ceremony.

Constructed on 120,000 square meters of land, the Nile Hospital has become the most advance hospital of the region. Speaking with Necdet Kızılkaya, the chief physician of the hospital, President Museveni said it will serve the people of Uganda -- a gift that has reached the Ugandan people all the way from Turkey.

Active in 113 countries around the world, Kimse Yok Mu deputy chairman, Metin Çetiner, told the Cihan news agency in Jinha that Nile Hospital will also be servicing people coming from other countries in the region.

Çetiner pointed out that this full-service hospital had been made possible thanks to donations by countless citizens of Turkey and that Turkish doctors have volunteered to work at the hospital.

Çetiner further stated that the hospital began its operations on Nov. 24, 2014 and provides many services, including emergency services, anesthesiology, general surgery, podiatry, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthodontics and radiology.

In addition, President Museveni visited the school complex, which has modern physics, chemistry and computer labs, and spoke with the teachers and students while visiting the library and dormitory. Students of the school made a presentation to the president using the mini-robots they had developed in their technology classes.

Kimse Yok Mu has recently been named one of the world's best NGOs by Swiss non-profit group Global Geneva. Jean-Christophe Nothias, editor of the Global Geneva list of Top 500 NGOs, called Kimse Yok Mu a member of the “Ivy League” of nonprofits, according to a statement by Kimse Yok Mu on Friday.

According to Global Geneva, Kimse Yok Mu's high scores for impact and sustainability paved the way for success. Its independence, transparency and innovation were also highlighted, according to the statement.

Kimse Yok Mu, Turkey's only aid organization to hold UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special consultative status, was targeted domestically by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which launched a war on the Gülen movement -- also known as the Hizmet movement and inspired by the ideas of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen -- ever since corruption investigations implicating government members went public in December 2013. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds the movement responsible for the investigations that implicated some of his inner political circle and family members.

Last year the government abruptly decided to rescind the right of Kimse Yok Mu, which is affiliated with the Gülen movement, to collect charitable donations. The decision was subsequently overturned by the Council of State, which issued an injunction on the government decision, saying it contravened the law.

Published on Today's Zaman, 11 February 2015, Wednesday