Who Are We?

We have a great passion to instill hope in people.


The tough living conditions originated from ongoing wars and oppressions throughout the world forced millions of people to migrate from their own homeland . İlk Umut Derneği (First Hope Association) was founded by 3 good Samaritans for contributing to heal this bitter situation which we all follow its consequences by drawing lessons, and for protecting basic rights and freedoms of all people, primarily the accomodation right, without discriminating language, religion, race, toughts.

İlk Umut Derneği started to work in 2015 on the principle of “Treat people in a way you wanted to be treated” proposition. İlk Umut Derneği, a Non-Governmental Organization operating in Turkey, walks passionately on the road of establishing a sustainable solidarity and assistance connections in an understanding of equality and liberality for all peoples of the world, in an understanding of protecting rights and freedoms.

Our Aims:
•Helping every human being, asking help and in our reach, in full capacity without discriminating religion, language, race, gender under the light of basic universal human values.
•Founding a team composed of educated, well equipped, dynamic, strong and good hearted people only.

•Having efficient instruments to ease life of people, to facilitate their adaptation to life in emergency situations.
•Establishing expert and sustainable cadres to render services to people with these machinery and equipments most rapidly, in time and in most efficient way, when required.
•Building a strong and reliable bridge between people in need and the good Samaritans for peace, justice, basic human rights in the country and globally in full equality and unity.
•Securing help to reach right place, right person in right time.
•Informing public opinion, people in need and Samaritans on our entire assistance projects.
•Securing each branch of association to work jointly in harmony and in full efficiency.
•Indoctrinating of all our volunteer members and all good Samaritans values of our association. Carrying out required works for transfering the established goodness bridges to next generations as well.

Our Principles:
•Protection of Basic Rights and Freedoms:
-Every human being have some rights and freedoms by birth, for just being a human being. Rights of human being precede all other values; these rights are not given by another people, for this very reason, noone can touch these rights and freedoms.
“If home is on fire, permission not asked from judge for sending fire squad” (Jean Romieu).

•Proper and good management:
-to be forceing and assistant in putting forward the required standards to be observed, in collecting and disseminating information to be the basis of decisions to be taken, in producing solutions and most important of all in executing participant equality.
“It is difficult to succeed some important things, managing them is even harder.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

•Financial sustainability:
-Securing an integral approach in source management.
-Making source development planning.
-Legal arrangements for collecting donations/assistance and studying other good examples of civilian society.
“If you are sure of the way you will pursue, obstacles on the road will be nothing but your resting places.” (PauloCoelho)

•Accountability and transparency:
-Maintaining internal control system, reviewing at regular intervals.
-Monitoring regularly by internal supersivion .
-Transparent and open fiscal reporting and reviewing at regular intervals.
-Securing auditing by an autonomous auditing committee.
“Rightfulness is the sun of eternity. It will rise in any case.” (Yurdal Epsileli)


Demokan Kileci

Chairman of the Board & IT Specialist

Refik Topçu

Vice Chairman of the Board & Counselor

Umut Şahin

Secretary General - Sociologist


We want to realize our activities with the support of our volunteers. It is aimed to raise a generation that is aware of the importance and awareness of volunteering by transferring the knowledge and experience gained to all segments of the society, especially the youth, with role model people who have a command of the mission and vision of İlk Umut, who are aware of their time, knowledge and experience and social responsibility.

The First Hope Association provides services to all parties in need regardless of language, religion, race, sect, gender and social differences.

First Hope Association, volunteers in the field, requested volunteering, with a full desire and motivation; who knows how to share, has a strong communication, is compassionate and expects to act with the discipline necessary for his job. It attaches importance to cooperation in volunteering and working in a transparent and continuous dialogue.

First Hope Association Individual Volunteer;

It accepts, declares and undertakes.