Shahla Raza

Founder-Director, Yusra Community Center

Shahla Raza is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, journalist, television producer, and humanitarian aid worker from India. In 2016, Shahla established the Yusra Community Center in Istanbul: a volunteer-run and funded safe space for children and women from displaced families seeking refuge in Turkey. Now in its fourth year of operations, Yusra runs a successful school readiness program for kindergartners, a nutrition program for children of all ages, livelihood support and training for women, a family mental-health intervention program and several other programs geared at helping displaced families settle into their new environment. In 2013 she founded the Dhai Akshar Educational Trust in Mumbai, India, which serves over a hundred underprivileged children and their families.

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