Biofamilia is one of the gold members of the Happy Hazelnut Project right from the first hour. This year, they could not miss a chance to visit the project in Turkey. On arrival at the Happy House, they were greeted by 12 radiantly happy children still left at the premise because the harvest is almost coming to an end and most have left.
Some were busy drawing and others playing on the large playground. On the walls of common room, some of their wonderful and colourful paintings and artworks from the last weeks are hung up. The joy and satisfaction of the children at the house under professional supervision until their parents return from work in the fields is evident. In just under two weeks, the last families will have returned to their homes and then the bustling at the house will quiet until the year to come. It was a happy visit.
The hazelnut harvesting season is neigh and the migrant workers and their families are beginning to settle in at the Happy House, and at other accommodations offered by farmers involved in the project. This will be their home for the next two months. So, all is ready and well prepared to welcome them home.
At the Happy House, additional toilets and showers were installed outside this year and further renovations and maintenance carried. Mr. Baris Gücük, a caretaker for the Happy House has been permanently employed now by the Happy Hazelnut Foundation to ensure that the wellbeing of the workers during their stay is smooth, the premises well maintained and clean throughout the year.
Farmer accommodation for workers:
The farmers on the other hand have remained true to their word to provide proper and humane accommodation to the workers. Many houses for the workers have either been renovated or newly built. All these at cost of farmers and some support from the Happy Hazelnut Foundation
Mrs. Reyhan Turkan (Bio Suisse, HHP, UTZ):
Reyhan expects 20 workers for the next 2 months. They are originally from Sirnak but escaped to Adana because of terrorism. These workers have been working for the Turkan family for the last 19 years. A deep friendship between these families has ensued, such that Reyhan spent one week early this year at the workers home in Adana. She does not only provide, the accommodation but all other necessities including food and yoghurt that she makes herself.
Mr. Erol Pazvant (EU Bio, HHP, UTZ)
Erol expects 15 migrant workers that have been coming to his family home for the last 27 years. He is offering his workers modern facilities that they should feel at home while they are here.
Childrens summer program:
Like the previous year Esra Dobro, who is an employee of ISIK at the hazelnut factory will be responsible for the children summer school.
There is a detailed program of activities for the children till the age of 13 years old lined up daily from 8:40 - 18:00 Hrs. School will start in week 32. If there are children above 13 years old, their programme will be adjusted accordingly to avoid them getting bored.
More children will be picked up from the villages surrounding Pasalar, namely Kalkin, Tahirli and Götkepe. Mr. Salih, a member of the management board is assigned the duty of picking up the children at a fee, paid by the Happy Hazelnut Foundation. ISIK Tarim graciously takes care of the food for the children during the summer classes.
If you asked the children of the migrant workers what they liked most this year during their stay at the Happy House, they would enthusiastically tell you about their exciting time with Esra.
Esra Dobra is currently employed as a secretary at the new ISIK Tarim hazelnut cracking factory in Ormanli. She is however a trained teacher by profession with experience prior to joining ISIK. During this past harvest, she creatively and playfully worked with the children left behind while their parents went to harvest the hazelnuts. The pictures below speak for themselves. We also say, thank you Esra.
Already read the news? We are pleased about the report on the project in the Migros magazine. With an extra charge of 5 cents a bag, Migros consumers positively contribute against child labor and ensuring good working and living conditions for migrant workers during the hazelnut harvest. We highly appreciate the strong commitment of Delica AG and other Gold members towards the Happy Hazelnut Project. Read more >>> Migros Magazin (MM30 | 24.7.17 | page 42 and 43)
The flagship project in Paşalar against child labor during the hazelnut harvesting is growing steadily and surely. One step at a time.
Farmers from the region are happy with the project because they can see the positive impact it has on the migrant workers and their families during their stay in Pasalar.
So the project is expanding with more farmers from the region joining the project. This means not only an increase in the quantities of sustainable hazelnuts but shared responsibility within and around the community.