Summer Fun at Edmund Rice Karibu Camps

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August was a busy time for the Edmund Rice Karibu Group in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Following a training day early in the month, 28 camp leaders put on the camp for over 40 children at the Mary Rice Centre on Saturday August 19th. 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. The day was a success!

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 8 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 vulnerable children a chance to “just be kids”. The Edmund Rice Karibu Camp in Nairobi works with different schools in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slum. The students are welcomed to one-day camps for games, meals and moral education. These simple pleasures are not available for most children in Kibera due to the high level of poverty. They often have just one meal a day, if that, and have no safe places to really play with one another. These conditions can of course lead them to get involved in destructive activities and that is why the Edmund Rice Camps came into existence here. But the camps are not only about playing. In order to boost self-esteem the children are encouraged to speak out about the challenges they face both at home and at school. They are motivated by the example of the camp leaders, who are usually local young adults whom have gone on to higher levels of studies proving to the children that they can achieve anything they set out to do.


Pictured: Camp leaders and participants enjoying the August half-day camp. 

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