Ways to Survive will be available in print in the summer of 2020. This little book of poems

and paintings is intended to serve as a meditative handbook that will offer its readers a meditation exercise each time they engage with it. Readers are invited to interact with this book, in stillness, taking their time patiently with each pairing, painting or poem.

All proceeds from sales of the printed version of Ways to Survive will be given to

organizations that Donna and Berna have chosen to support. In United States, the proceeds will be received by four strong and effective NGOs Donna is deeply involved with that support families and communities living in deep poverty. In Istanbul, the proceeds will go to an NGO that supports families and children who are displaced by the ongoing war in Syria.  

If you wish to purchase a paperback edition of this book, learn more about these organizations and share your feelings and thoughts about this initiative contact either Donna (donna.friedman@umb.edu) or Berna (berna@boprods.com).

NGO Information:

Purchase a book by directing your payment as a donation to one of the organizations below. 100% of the proceeds from book sales will go to these organizations. 

We expect the books to be in print in the summer, at which time the book or books you

have ordered will be mailed to you.   


The organizations (listed alphabetically):


ATD International Fourth World Movement: https://4thworldmovement.org

Donation link: our donation site


Friends of Matènwa https://www.matenwa.org

Donation link: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FriendsofMatenwa/waystosurvive.html


Project Hope Boston: www.prohope.org  

Donation link:  https://app.mobilecause.com/form/F7wddg


Small Projects Istanbul: https://www.smallprojectsistanbul.org

Donation link: https://www.smallprojectsistanbul.org/waystosurvive/


Learning Community: https://thelearningcommunity.com

Donation link: https://thelearningcommunity.com/site/waystosurvive/

Graphic and Website Designer: 

Anı Ekin Özdemir