Donate to The Maya Association

A School for Syrian Refugee Children


The Maya Association is a registered not-for-profit organization in Turkey that operates a small school for Syrian refugee children near Mersin, Turkey. It is run by local volunteers (academics, doctors, businesspeople, teachers, and others), and its objective is to provide a basic scholastic experience for its young students, focusing on teaching the Turkish language and alphabet. There are around three million refugees from the Syrian war in Turkey and the demand for educational services is enormous. For the time being, the School is able to enroll around thirty students at a time. It would like to increase this number and to expand its operations.


The Maya School depends on donations. The writer Joseph O’Neill, a good friend of the Center for Fiction, leads the fundraising effort in the US. Joseph is half Turkish and is the grandson of a refugee from Aleppo. He travels to Turkey every year and is on close personal terms with the Maya School organizers. He vouches absolutely for their integrity, competence, and compassion. 


Most of photographs you see here were taken by Joseph last summer.  You’ll note the wonderful building that the local community, with extraordinary generosity, has made available to the School.  Note, also, the conditions in which some of the Maya students live. 


The School is highly efficient and currently runs on a budget of approximately $1,500 a month.  Last year, American donors gave around $16,000, and a slightly larger sum has been raised this year.  Please give generously to this worthy and highly cost-effective cause.

Make your fully tax deductible donation in any amount today and support this incredible school.