August Camp Bells are Ringing
As you are probably aware, the students of the Ngong Road Children Association (NRCA) live mainly in the slums, where they live difficult lives and have limited exposure to good physical and social amenities. Because of this, the annual August Camp is truly the highlight of the year for our students. Thanks to generous sponsors, donations and volunteers that come every year, we have run very successful camps for the last ten years, and each year it gets better and better!
August Camp has many educational, well-being and social objectives, all set in a fun, learning environment. Camp strives to:
- Provide unique, fun educational experiences.
- Improve health and well-being.
- Create a close-knit, supportive community, where students develop a strong sense of belonging and where they are exposed to and taught about good personal values.
- Develop leaders and teach leadership skills.
- Provide a new view of the world to all who attend camp, both students and international volunteers alike.
- Give students who live day to day lives in poverty and in difficult circumstances, the opportunity to just have fun and be kids in a safe environment.
The net result is an experience that changes lives – those of the students, and those of the volunteers both from Kenya and other countries.
Our NRCA students are anxiously waiting for this year’s August Camp, which is scheduled for August 6th to 22nd. We are currently working on creating an exciting program of indoor and outdoor activities designed to challenge the students physically and mentally. Run in an environment that encourages openness, camp will include guest speakers who put emphasis on discipline and hard work as cornerstones for success, as well classes to help students develop key personal and life skills to prepare them for their future careers and help them grow up as responsible citizens.
I know our students are lucky to have both local and international sponsors and supporters who are touched by their plight and who generously sponsor their formal education. Camp goes beyond this and provides a means to develop the all-round person. As you can imagine, holding an off-site 17-day camp for our 377 students is costly. Against this background, in June we will be kindly inviting our enthusiastic supporters to make donations to ensure that every student gets the opportunity to attend this year’s camp.
I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank all stakeholders who have sacrificed their time and funds to ensure that previous camps have been successful. Be on the lookout to “Send a Kid to Camp” this June!
Ngong Road Children Association