Following a training day, 28 camp leaders put on the camp for over 40 children. The half-day camp was packed with activities, including physical activities, artistic work and time for the children to share stories, experiences, and challenges they have faced in small groups. After the camp, the new executive team gathered for a three-day team building workshop. Through discussions and social activities, the executive team got to know one another, learned leadership skills, and prepared for the year ahead all while having a fun and enjoyable experience.
Later in the month, 33 camp leaders visited eight informal schools in Kibera as part of their community outreach program. The theme of the day was “newness and new possibilities, being positive even with disappointments.” This being the last term in the calendar year, the leaders focused their questions and discussions with the students on the children’s growth and development, academic success and their educational goals. The leaders were able to debrief after the outreach day and plan for future recruitment of volunteers and camp leaders.
Edmund Rice Camps are run all over the world, aimed at giving children a chance to “just be kids”. The Edmund Rice Karibu Camp works with different schools in Kibera. The students are welcomed to one-day camps for games and meals. The camps are not only about games. In order to help boost self esteem, the children are encouraged to speak about the challenges they face both at home and at school. They are motivated by the example of the camp leaders, many of whom are local young adults who have gone on to higher levels of studies inspiring the children to believe that they too can achieve their goals.