A five-day summer camp called “PoZitive” has brought real positive emotions to more than 45 orphans and children deprived of parental care, children from needy families who had been improving their health and Berezhany health resort.
The long-awaited camp was taking place from the 12th to 17th August, 2019, under the sponsorship of the Global Fund for Children, USA. In total 6 volunteers of the Orphans’ Future Foundation have organized and conducted leisure activities for the children. Among the volunteers there were Iryna Vakalyuk, Volodymyr Yavorskyi, Tetiana Tereshchenko, Nazar Slobodian, Veronika Dokhvat and the Head of the Orphans’ Future Charitable Foundation, Andrii Nazarenko. This was done due to the fact that unfortunately the health resort does not organize any entertainment facilities. The children usually expect to have active leisure activities. We would like to thank the administration of the health resort for the given opportunity to bring more colors to the daily grind through interesting, educational and fun games, workshops and amusements.
During the five days the children received support, care, attention and respect from the volunteers who devoted 40 hours of their time to create unforgettable bright moments for the children, bring positive emotions and play games at “PoZitive” Summer Camp.
The volunteers of the Foundation taught the children new things every day. The children danced, drew and painted using different techniques (art-therapy), played various games and took part in the competitions to win the prizes, demonstrated confidence and persistence. Most of all, they enjoyed Slip n’ Slide with plenty of sweet-smelling foam. Playing with multi-colored holi color powders allowed them to dive into the atmosphere of a real Indian Holi Fest. It was like a fairy- tale. The children participated in all camp activities and assisted in the organization of the workshops. They shopped for goods together with the volunteers and helped in organizing a picnic on the last day of “PoZitive” Summer Camp.
Every day the children unfolded and folded the tent, and enjoyed spending time inside learning to be a “real tourist”. Sometimes they had to queue, because the tent was full of kids, and everyone wanted to stay there for a while and play.
During the face painting activity, we lacked volunteers’ hands to satisfy the desires of all kids in creating new hero images, that is why senior children joined the process, and so, a friendly atmosphere was created. Communication with the volunteers that the children lack in their environment most of all has become the most important and the most valuable experience for them. Every day the children were treated with delicious food such as watermelons, ice-cream, fizzy drinks, juices, and sweets for their active participation in the camp life.
Finally, every child has received a prize and a medal with the nomination for his or her activity in “PoZitive” Summer Camp. A volunteer from Ternopil, Tetiana Tereshchenko, has organized a Beauty Day when she created nice haircuts and hairstyles for each kid and gave them her attention.
We really appreciate the help of all our volunteers, who have found the possibility to join the camp during the season of summer vacations and gave their attention to the kids who badly needed it. We would also like to thank Global Fund for Children, USA, for the support you have provided to fulfill 100 per cent of the camp program. At the end of the camp, the children gave their hugs to the volunteers and promised to look forward to meeting them again. Such moments are unforgettable because they are filled with warmth and understanding the need gfor love in such children.
The budget of the camp is 21,095 UAH.