My best and I friend Nisan volunteered for a visit to Down Cafe when our biology teacher asked. The first visit was scheduled in June 2017; we went with a volunteer group of friends to Down Cafe at Sisli. When we engaged with our friends there who were diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, we realized that they were just like us. They worked in order to earn some money, they went out with their friends, they were in relationships, and they were interested in music and rhythm.
What our school organized was, unfortunately, a one-time thing; however, Nisan and I were sure that we wanted to visit Down Cafe regularly. After the summer break, we started volunteering every Saturday and participated in their music classes. As we have always loved creating music and playing the piano, we came up with a different idea to create a more sustainable way of engaging with them.