"We started searching for a only twinkle in the eyes of the survivors, like searching for diamonds in a coal mine after the earthquakes.’’
In my Adiyaman story that began in March, I experienced what it was like to live in a tent for the first time in my life. My entire effort and endeavor were aimed at providing love, compassion, and the warmth of a home to the tents we set up, and as a 52 kg woman, I discovered that I had much greater strength than I had anticipated.
When we went to visit 80-year-old Arife Teyze to meet her needs, her most sincere smile and her words, "I used to live in an apartment, and even on the first day of moving in, I didn't feel as excited and happy as I do today. You made me very happy dear," and her big hug warms my heart every time I remember it.
The happy screams of Emine, who has cerebral palsy, for wheelchair, will probably remain as the most beautiful sound I have ever heard in my life.
I am experiencing how much the kitchen sets we distributed could mean to a mother, how a baby kit could fill the eyes of a father with three children, and how meaningful the melancholic yet hopeful expression of a young girl reflected in the mirror. Adiyaman gave me tremendous experiences...
To all my team colleagues and to everyone who provided support to millions of people left behind after this great disaster, my heartfelt thanks.