Gamze Özçelik who is well-known for her acting and involvement in several charitable organizations, along with some of her friends, set out to found the Umuda Koşanlar Association. Its founding objective is to meet the needs of oppressed families, children, and animals in disadvantaged regions. Their greatest aspiration is to serve as volunteers in this work with love, affection, good intentions, and a diligent sense of duty; to touch more lives every day without hesitation or self-interest; and to take a strong stand against injustices when necessary.
The goal of our organization is to provide all kinds of aid—both financial and in-kind—to people who are truly in need as quickly and effectively as we can.
PURPOSE OF FOUNDATION
By favoring the phenomena of cooperation, sharing, empathy, and brotherhood, our organization was founded with the motto "Do not sleep with a full belly while your neighbor is hungry." We want to share hope and live together on this journey with all the oppressed orphans, victims of violence, war, hunger, and disease, as well as with any animals and members of nature that we can reach, with a voluntary and conscientious understanding, but especially with children. It was established to call people to unity and solidarity in times of calamity, war, famine, and other extraordinary circumstances, as well as to provide for the basic physical and moral needs of the poor, such as food, clothing, shelter, and a place to sleep.
The organization works in the field of social services both locally and internationally.