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Üsküdar University is again in the earthquake zonewhich has been continuing to give support and works for the region after the disaster of the century experienced in Kahramanmaraş on February 6 and that caused devastating results in 11 provinces. Üsküdar family who delivered the aid they collected to the earthquake victims in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay during Ramadan, spent a long time with the earthquake victims. Üsküdar family brought gifts to the children who felt the pain of the earthquake most deeply and relived their pain even if just little bit with the colorful and entertaining activities they organized.

After the earthquakes that were effective in 11 provinces and called the disaster of the century, the earthquake victims in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay were visited under the leadership of Üsküdar University Health, Culture and Sports (HCS) Department and Haydi Tut Elimi (Hold My Hand) Association. Little children were not forgotten during the visit where supplies and clothes were delivered.

The academic and administrative staff and students of the Üsküdar family delivered the aid they collected to the earthquake victims in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay.

Üsküdar family visited Dedeler Primary and Secondary School in Kahramanmaraş Türkoğlu, Reyhanlı Education Campus and tent cities in Hatay. The event was attended by HCS Director Sadık Paksoy, Üsküdar University Young Minds Academy Director Dr. Nebiye Yaşar, HCS Specialist Selman Utku, Haydi Tut Elimi Association Secretary Ayşe Banu Güngenci, Board of Directors members Serpil Tarhan and Ayşegül Şekli and students.

Within the scope of the visit, residents of Türkoğlu district of Kahramanmaraş were also visited. Türkoğlu Mayor Osman Okumuş, Dedeler Village Headman Kahraman Güneş, Dedeler Elementary-Secondary School Principal Mustafa Bozdoğan, Dedeler Elementary-Secondary School teacher staff, village community council and village residents wholeheartedly welcomed the Üsküdar University members.

They were painted together despite of the destructive pain of the earthquake…

A team of 30 people who visited Dedeler Elementary-Secondary School in Türkoğlu district of Kahramanmaraş carried out activities with children and provided clothes and supplies. The volunteers created beautiful and meaningful memories with the children. Magic shows and entertaining activities with clowns were held. Face paint was done to children, and candy and balloons were given to children.

The team, which met with great interest, also experienced emotional moments from time to time.

Sadık Paksoy: “You will come and teach in this school again…”

HCS Manager Sadık Paksoy, who is from Kahramanmaraş, informed the team about the history of the province and wished the earthquake victims and their families get well soon. Paksoy talking to the children said that “I was born in this village. I hope you will study like us and come to universities. You will be a very, very great engineer, doctor, economist, banker, teacher. You will come again and teach in these schools. May Allah not show such earthquakes again.”. The residents of Türkoğlu Dedeler Village, who expressed their thanks for the visit, hosted the team at the rich iftar table consisting of local dishes.

Reyhanlı Education Campus was visited

The team went to Hatay after Kahramanmaraş. They visited Reyhanlı Education Campus which is an international educational institution. Later, they visited the tent cities in the center of Antakya and offered treats to the children there.

News: Ebranur Özdemir

Photographs: Kaan Güzeltepe

Üsküdar News Agency NA)