With Turkish Green Crescent’s lead, Country Green Crescents’ establishment process continues in many countries
With the ceremony organized in South Africa’s biggest city Johannesburg in 30th April, Green Crescent South Africa has opened for service. Secretary General of Green Crescent Osman Baturhan Dursun, Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria Onur Ekren, Coordinator of Pretoria Yunus Emre Institute Gökhan Kahraman, Pretoria Coordinator of Turkish Maarif Foundation Adem Koç, President of Green Crescent South Africa M.D. Yacub Essak and Members of the Board attended the inaugural ceremony.
Giving a speech at the opening, Secretary General of Green Crescent Osman Baturhan Dursun indicated that Green Crescent is active in 52 countries in the world, and has been increasing its service areas in accordance with the demand of the society: “In proportion to addictions encountered here, we will carry out activities closely with all local authorities, NGOs and Turkey’s institutions and corporations present in South Africa including Green Crescent South African, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Social Development, Central Drug Authority (CDA). In addition to this, when necessary, we will provide support in terms of sharing experience and developing projects together with all other Green Crescents around the world.”
“African countries require substantial support in terms of preventing addictions.”
Indicating that African countries require substantial support in terms of preventing addictions, Osman Baturhan Dursun said “Last week we opened a new branch in the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare. Together with the one we founded here we have opened our 15th branch in the continent. In the near future, together with our 99-year experience, we aim to reach more people by opening Country Green Crescents in Eswatini and Lesoto.”
President of Green Crescent South Africa Essak said “Our cooperation with Green Crescent Office will reach national dimension, and if God pleases we will save our youth from addictions and prepare them for a better future.”