March 11, 2000
After a horrible earthquake hit the Golcuck region of Turkey on August 16 last year, many, many homes were destroyed. People had to live in tents, in the middle of rainy, windy weather. The children who survived this earthquake must have been very scared, and must have lost many things that were important to them. Lucky for them, a real-life fairy godfather was there to help. His name was Ercu, and he built a 'Fairytale House' for the children of the Golcuck region. Here, every day, kids' dreams come true and fairytales become a reality.
It only took a few minutes for the children and me to get past our language barrier, and then the day full of fun and games whizzed by. I took pictures of the kids with a digital camera, and instantly showed them their portraits on the camera screen. By noon, the Fairytale House tent was bursting with energy and activity. We colored, danced, had storytime, and even put on a theatrical performance. By the end of the day I was completely worn out. It takes a lot of energy to play! Luckily, we were all served a delicious Turkish meal at the end of the day. The Fairytale Houses proved to me that, with the help of wonderful people like Ercu, fairytales can come true!
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