We were a ragtag group, high on passion, learning as we went. It was a crazy, full, exciting, at times exasperating week. Five Fun Days; our 8th annual camp for kids from the local communities. This is surely what Paradise must be like I said to whoever at the moment was standing next to me. Every colour, race, religion imaginable; and laughter, activity and noise in abundance!
“Start somewhere. Start right here. Start now!”
Sure there are weaknesses and gaps everywhere – in many areas we could have and properly should have done better, but no one said that the process towards change would be perfect – no one said that it would be cosy, neat and clean.
–Fatema our new Burmese friend. Tiny in stature but amazingly strong, talented with a truly gorgeous smile led her group of kids with skill and stature.
–Esther, our summer student from Dalhousie coordinated it all. One minute would catch her in serious contemplation of the next decision, the next laughing uproariously at something that grabbed her attention.
–Jerry, from Rwanda, quietly and deliberately took his charges through the day, being abundantly patient with one little girl who exhibited serious emotional issues. Full marks for persevering.
–Dean’s magic trick which were not magic at all, but who cared, they were funny and the kids sniffing out a fraud howled with derision.
–Christy directing traffic in ways that only a mother of 3 is able, seeking cooperation from reluctant teens, at times exasperated, but always laughing and always life giving.
–Kristi, mother of two , our registrar, ever vigilant, firm but gentle, wrapping her arms around each as we showed up for a day’s work.
This is our camp – 5 fun days. – five days of the summer where our community comes together to build memories, give kids an enjoyable experience and declare in the loudest possible manner to each and every single person matters and is valued. It might be a tiny step. It might all appear small and insignificant, but we feel it is a step towards change. Change that takes place one action at a time.