AK Party, the ruling party of Turkey since 2002, organized the Civil Society Awareness Contest to strengthen the civil society and bring their works to the public attention. Projects participated to the Contest were classified into 13 categories and evaluated by a jury whose members were including Business woman Leyla Alaton, Artist Ahmet Gunestekin, Journalist and writer Sibel Eraslan and GENAR Research Company Director Ihsan Aktas.
Finalists were given awards at the ceremony held in the AK Party headquarters. In the ceremony in which Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was among the attendees, IHH was represented by IHH youth branch leader Fatih Yazici and Agricultural School Project coordinator Niyazi Ozgur Yuce. Awards were handed out after Prime Minister Yildirim's speech. IHH came first in the humanitarian aid category for its Agriculture School project and had its award given by Prime Minister Yildirim.
IHH's Agriculture School project in Somalia, expanded in a short period of time and has given way opening of the other agriculture faculties and agricultural high schools. The country which had almost no agriculture began having large Greenhouses setup by IHH. Many people now have an occupation through the training provided.