Panel 3 : Civil Society Dialogue Stories
Youth, Culture and Art


Semiha ŞAHİN (TV Presenter)

MAYA Foundation will give information about the “PhotoLIFT: Photography-Based Psychosocial Support for Enhancing Syrian Children’s Integration” project supported under CSD-V with European partner Kulturhafen Wien (Austria).


Dr. Jülide ERGİN
General Manager of Maya Foundation,



Mustafa DARAS
The Founder of Kulturhafen Wien


Photolift: Photography-based Psychosocial Support for

Enhancing Syrian Children’s Integration


Coordinator Beneficiary: MAYA Foundation / Turkey

Co-beneficiary(s): Kulturhafen Wien (KHW) / Austria

Project Duration: 15 months

Amount Granted / Project Budget: EUR 189,852.03 / EUR 219,837.92


This project was implemented to strengthen the cooperation and networks between the CSOs in Europe and Turkey, to enhance the capacity of CSOs regarding the integration of migrants and refugees, and to contribute to raising awareness about the rights of the refugees and migrants and the benefits of the refugees and migrants to the host communities.


  • An online exhibition titled “In the Path of the Light” was organized.
  • The exhibition was organized physically with the cooperation of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Cultural Affairs Department.
  • Project film was released.
  • “Project Handbook” was published.
  • “Project Exhibition Album” was released.
  • A webinar was held.
  • Exchange visit to Austria was organized.
  • Digital/mobile photography and digital storytelling seminars were organized for Syrian refugee children.

“In the scope of our project, through which we aimed to enhance the sense of wellbeing of Syrian youth and their social cohesion, we organized photography-based psychosocial support workshops for Syrian young people between the ages 14 to 18. We observed that through these workshops, the overall wellbeing Syrian young people and their cohesion with the community they are living in have improved. These workshops created environments in which young people could share the challenges they experience in schools, home or other social environments, and learn how to deal with those challenges. Considering all these dimensions, we are pleased to see that our project contributed to the wellbeing of Syrian refugee youth.

MAYA Foundation

Culture Routes Society will promote “Italy, Greece and Turkey on Foot” project supported under CSD-V and “Europe to Turkey on Foot” project supported under CSD-IV with European partner Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigena (Italy).


Hüseyin ERYURT
Project Coordinator at Culture Routes Society



European Association of Via Francigena, Head of the Management Committee of the Via Eurasia




Coordinator Beneficiary: Culture Routes Society/ Turkey

Co-beneficiary(s): Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene / Italy, Trace Your Eco / Greece

Project Duration: 12 months

Amount Granted / Project Budget: EUR 188,565.11 / EUR 209,516.7905


This project was implemented to demonstrate to the target groups and the beneficiaries that the European culture routes are tools for cross-border cooperation enabling sustainable development in tourism industry, and to develop a strong partnership in terms of intercultural dialogue.


  • Road-show promotions were organized in Turkey and Greece to promote the Eurasia Road stretching from Rome, Italy to Demre, Turkey.
  • An application was made to the European Institute of Culture Routes (EICR) in order to register the route.
  • Stakeholder municipalities’ representatives held a study visit to Italy.
  • Voluntary work was conducted to mark, maintain and repair, and place directional signs on the Eurasia Road.
  • Short films on best practices were shot to inform the service providers and users on the culture routes.
  • Via Eurasia mobile application was designed and launched.
  • Via Eurasia website content was improved for route users.
  • A booklet guide was prepared, printed, and distributed for the relevant municipalities in Turkey and Greece.
  • Passports, on which Eurasia Road walkers can put stamps indicating the places they visit, were prepared and distributed.
  • The closing ceremony and the sustainable tourism workshop were organized under the leadership of Boğaziçi University Applied Tourism Administration and Research Center.

“There were municipalities among the participant institutions, and they took active roles in various activities. A clearer planning process has been established regarding sustainable rural tourism within these local governments via the municipality personnel. Additionally, a university was interested in the project outputs, and they contacted us, filed an “organizational membership application” to the academic committee. With the help of such collaborations, we put on our agenda the topic of preparing joint projects with universities. This is of utmost importance for the sustainability of the project and the route.”

Culture Routes Society