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Recovering childhood in a safe space

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When Teerasak's home in Thailand flooded, his world was turned upside-down. Now, at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space, he and 40 other children have found a place where they can learn, play, talk about their experiences, and simply be kids again.

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Teerasak transforms a blank piece of paper into a colorful canvas. The second-grade student is creating an unusual masterpiece -- drawing an upside-down boat that has three wheels, multi-colored clouds, and a smattering of raindrops. The drawing also shows his house, flipped upside-down, too, standing on its roof.

The drawing reflects exactly the situation Teerasak finds himself in.

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          Peace to you.

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