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Ways to Survive became available in print in 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.


The proceeds from sales of the printed version of Ways to Survive were given to organizations that Donna and Berna chose to support and the printed version is now sold out. In United States, the proceeds were 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 went to an NGO that supports families and children who are displaced by the wars in the Middle East region.  


​Below are links to our nonprofit partners which we have been pleased to support:


Small Projects Istanbul


ATD International Fourth World Movement


Friends of Matènwa


Project Hope Boston  


Learning Community


If you would like to share your feelings and thoughts about this initiative contact either Donna ( or Berna (



Book and Website Designer: 

Anı Ekin Özdemir

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