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Turkish Grandmothers start getting money for looking after grandkids

Applications started for state support directed at grandmothers looking after grandchildren according to daily Hurriyet.

According to the protocol signed by Turkey’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security and Ministry of Social Policies, applications have commenced for a government program that will pay wages to grandmothers who are looking after their grandchildren.

Haci Ali Hangul, the province director of the Social Security Institution in the province of Kayseri, stated the project’s main goal is to support the employment of women and the cultural interaction between children and their grandmothers. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.

The project will be implemented in the cities of Sakarya, Konya, Tekirdağ, Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, Antalya, Ankara, Kayseri, and Gaziantep. The project will provide support for 6,000 grandmothers in Turkey and 500 in Kayseri. Under the terms of the project, those who will be approved to receive this government support will get 425 TL (roughly 115 USD) per month for the duration of one year. Applicants to the program must fit the following criteria:

-Be a citizen of the Turkish Republic

-Live in the specified cities covered by the program

-Be looking after children who are no older than 3 years of age

-Mother of child being looked after must be a private sector employee

-Insurance premium for the mother of the child must have been paid within the past 360 days

-Mother of the child cannot be on maternity leave

-Total income of the family must be under a certain level, which is to be determined by the ministry

-No babysitter has been employed to look after the child

Editing: Leyla Magdalena Amur

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