Airmen put a new roof over their heads

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Tredway
  • 39th Wing Public Affairs
Twenty-five "Project Orphanage" volunteers replaced a dilapidated ceramic tile roof with sheet metal recently on a covered outside play area for children at the Adana Orphanage here.

The roof gives the 150 children at the orphanage a place to play during Turkey's upcoming rainy season and shade during its sweltering summers.

"During our trips to the orphanage, we could see the roof was in desperate need of repair," said Capt. Aaron Dunn, 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron readiness flight deputy commander at nearby Incirlik Air Base. "Also, the orphanage asked one of the Turkish women who helps us if we could replace the roof."

Project Orphanage took $800 from money they collected during the year to hire a local roofer to help purchase materials and guide volunteers through the project. "Project Orphanage primarily focuses on positively affecting the lives of the children at the orphanage," Dunn said. "It's a hard life to be without parents and we try to fill that void in some small way by spending time with the kids and, when we can, doing projects that make their life just a little better." The group visits the orphanage once or twice a month depending on interest.

"Volunteers can donate time, money or clothing," Dunn said. "We have to be careful on clothing though because in the last few months they have been inundated with clothing and they actually have more than they need.

"They do need supplies for babies such as bottles, nipples, inserts, formula and diapers for all ages," he continued. "They also need office supplies for the staff. They have a very limited budget and they sometimes are faced with shortages of basic office supplies."