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Volume 6, Number 16
14 February 2000

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Kaynaşlı Center Up and Running
The Kaynaşlı Social Service and Education Center officially opened on January 27, and a number of groups and individuals have already paid it a visit to help out. Among the volunteers to come forward are psychologists Neslihan Rugancı, Sevgi Esemenli, Ilgın Gökler, and Sevda Sakarya, and specialist in social work Uğur Özdemir. Since January 27, they have been going to the center once a week to give group intervention for trauma. So far, as many as 140 people, including children, have benefited from their help. The pictures accompanying this article were drawn by Kaynaşlı children during the sessions given by the psychologists.

When asked about her impressions, Sevda Sakarya remarked, "I was touched to see how the earthquake survivors are now mentally, physically, and psychologically ready to receive help. They are scared to think about what they went through and what they might go through in the future. I am very happy that the new center provides us with a suitable environment to give a hand to these people. I feel like I am coming to one of our offices at the university. It is a wonderful opportunity for anybody who wants to help the survivors."

Volunteers from among Bilkent students and staff members are needed on an ongoing basis. You can choose to go during the week or on the weekend for the day or overnight (beds are available in the center's dorms). Note that transportation and meals are provided by the university. You can volunteer to care for children, teach English or computers, or play music for the survivors. Why wait? Choose to make a difference!

To join, call Ayşin Gürbüz at ext. 2483 or e-mail

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