We dream of a productive society, open to exploration, devoted to helping others, filled with healthy individuals who have had a free and safe childhood.
We established Maya Foundation in October 2015 with the aim to create a safer and more desirable world for children and youth; to support their academic, mental and physical development, to create a future where they can express themselves freely, think creatively and reach their full potential.
Project Lift’s story began in 2014 with high school student Emir Özsüer.
Since 2011, Syria’s civil war has forced millions of men, women, and children to flee their home country and seek refuge in another. Emir, who has always been interested in international affairs, began to notice more and more displaced Syrians throughout his city of Istanbul. He recognized the terror in the eyes of the children refugees and began to wonder what life as a refugee was like. In his own words Emir describes his experience:
“You could read the trauma from his eyes and the fear that resides inside him along with all the overwhelming feelings caused by not being accepted. That moment, I understood that his fear was not just a feeling anymore but it was a reaction; it was a cry for help “
In order to help, Emir first decided to get a bit closer to the center of the issue and visited the Gaziantep refugee camps. After this initial visit and his extensive research on childhood trauma, he understood that the adverse effects of trauma were not limited to children of war; all children with myriad trauma backgrounds needed caring, compassionate and supportive interventions. From this fundamental idea, Emir founded Project Lift and he summarizes his founding goal as follows:
“My main goal for Project Lift is to help provide the right conditions and opportunities for traumatized children to be able to continue their lives as healthy human beings and to help them reintegrate with the society. At first, I decided to focus on the Syrian refugee children, because they were forced out of their country due to war and had to take refuge in Turkey and now they are not getting the help they received at the beginning. They need us. My goal is to reach all children.”
Ebulula Mardin Cad., Akatlar Maya Sitesi M Blok
Akatlar 34335, BEŞİKTAŞ – İSTANBUL, TÜRKİYE
+90 (212) 351 00 20
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Bank Details: Garanti Bank
IBAN : TR18 0006 2000 3810 0006 2587 75
IBAN : TR92 0006 2000 3810 0009 0520 13
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