An accomplished documentary filmmaker, journalist, television producer, and humanitarian aid worker, Shahla moved from India to Turkey in 2015 and established the @Yusra Community Center in Istanbul, a volunteer-run and funded safe space for children and families from displaced communities seeking refuge in Turkey.
Now in its fifth year of operations, Yusra runs a successful school readiness program, a nutrition program for children of all ages, family mental-health intervention programs and several other programs for displaced communities. Yusra’s livelihood training and support program for women is now called Inshirah Collective. This social enterprise trains women to use textile waste to create beautiful products to reduce the use of plastic. It has recently opened a shop online.