A Turkish art colony has boosted self-confidence of nearly 500 special children by encouraging them to socialize and perform arts in the last six years.

“We host 81 children with special needs and their teachers from different provinces to spend time with a group of 15 people, including artists and psychologists, once a year at the Doga Park,” Hakan Korpi, general coordinator of Portakal Cicegi International Plastic Arts Colony, told Anadolu Agency.

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