For the past 10 years, the What If? Foundation has funded a 7-week community day camp for children aged 4-18 who live in Ti Plas Kazo neighborhood. Seventeen teachers and 18 staff taught classes and otherwise supported the 550 children who participated in the 2012 summer camp.
The older campers are enrolled in one class for the entire 7-week session, which gives them a chance to develop specific skills (some of which may help them earn income later in life) in the context of a smaller group. Classes offered to them in 2012 included music, cooking, calligraphy, sewing, English, computers, macrame, and videography. The younger campers (ages 4-13) take classes in drawing, watercolor, embroidery, crochet, and other arts and crafts. All campers also get healthy lunches from the food program each day, and plenty of time to exercise and play games.
Given there are no other opportunities for children to participate in organized sports or enrichment activities in the Ti Plas Kazo neighborhood during the summer, this camp is well-loved by the children who attend, and much appreciated by their parents. (This has been particularly true in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.)
” I would like to thank everyone who donates to help us have our summer camp. It is the highlight of the year for so many children. Without your support they would not have the opportunity to have this much fun, to learn skills that might one day help them earn a living, and to eat nutritious food each weekday of the summer. I see this camp make such a difference in the lives of the children.”
- Jean Marie Noel, Summer Camp Coordinator
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