Providing Education over challenges at summer camp

by Camp for Peace Liberia
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Campers in an outdoor session
Campers in an outdoor session

Even though the challenges facing the world due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the current crisis in Ukraine, Camp for Peace Liberia maintained its usual activities during the period under review. Ten-day camp sessions were carried out for women, youth, and children during the period under review. Activities such as storytelling, lecture series, presentation, singing, etc., were carried out during these sessions. Similarly, special sessions were held on trauma awareness, psychosocial counseling, and conflict resolution.

In one of our sessions, a participant made this catching statement "I feel more comfortable and stress-free every time I come to camp. I take the knowledge and learning acquired to my family, including my husband and children who also feel the comfort of camp and want to come someday" (Norway).

Another participant also made this excellent recommendation: "I wish camping activities would be introduced in all parts of Liberia for people to learn how to co-exist, reconcile and forgive each other. I came to this camp without knowledge about trauma, conflict resolution, and stress management. Now I am going back filled with this knowledge. I hope to share them with my friends and families so that we will have a happy family and be able to help other people in our community cope with their trauma and help others to resolve conflict. I am grateful to the organizers for inviting us to this camp". (Loop).

Another participant said, "Your camp activities have made me forget about all the difficulties I went through during the civil war, Ebola, and CONVID 19. I never thought I would ever cope or overcome those difficult moments, but your camp activities have made me develop strategies that will help me along the way. Thanks to Camp for Peace Liberia". (Krubo).

Hence during the period under review, 200 participants attended our camping programs. They have all expressed a great delight in what they learned and promised to teach others and bring them to our future camps. Thanks to our partners who continue contributing to our camping program in Liberia despite COVID 19.

Campers posed for photo as the end of day camp
Campers posed for photo as the end of day camp
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Campers in an active mood
Campers in an active mood

"I did not know that one of the ways to overcome your problem and cope with multiple challenges is to share your story with others. I admire the share, the dancing, and the singing. These activities have given me renewed hope and promise for the future. I want to thank Camp for Peace Liberia and partners for providing us the opportunity to be a part of this program". Kubo

Camp for Peace Liberia carried out two camping activities at its Farmer Resource Center during the period under review. These activities were intended to assist community members in healing their past and develop coping strategies to heal the trauma of COVID 19. They sang, played, and faced each other in outdoor activities. Since the COVID 19 outbreak, this event was the first of its kind to bring such a large group together.

Also, during the period under review, Camp for Peace Liberia embarked on the construction of an additional camp house. When completed, the newly constructed camp house will accommodate learning activities, including the craft and art of weaving. Art and weaving is a vital learning process that helps people see their talents and skills and unearth their potential. This multipurpose building is the state of art that brings an enormous attraction to our camping site and gives everyone reason to be involved. It will also host other activities to involve agriculture training and hand sewing.

We are grateful to our partners, who contributed both morally and financially towards the success of this program.

Campers in an active mood
Campers in an active mood
Participants posed for picture after camping event
Participants posed for picture after camping event
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Delegation of new camp
Delegation of new camp

On October 24, 2021, hundreds of young people gathered at the newly constructed camp to celebrate the rebirth of Camp Kpolopellah. Camp Kpolopellah used to be one of the best campuses to train young people with moral virtues, discipline, humanity, and respect. Unfortunately, Camp Kplopellah was destroyed during the Liberia civil war that engulfed the country between 1989 - 2003. For some, this was their first time seeing a modern camp being built in Liberia, and many see it as a dream come through.

Meanwhile, rigorous engagement is ongoing with other newly established camping groups to use the facilities for camping and other recreational purposes. There be a Christmas camp beginning December 26, 2021, to January 7, 2022.

Thinking the future is hopeful!
Thinking the future is hopeful!
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The most striking issue under review is the resurfacing of the deadly COVID 19 with its Delta variant in Liberia. The variant has rapidly spread throughout the country, thus overwhelming hospitals and taking an aggressive death tour on the local population. World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Embassy have declared Liberia a red zone due to the surge of the COVID 19 Variant. The Government of Liberia has enforced mandatory health regulations, including the compulsory wearing of masks, washing hands, keeping a safe distance, and keeping away from crowded places. But due to the poverty and ignorance of our society, these regulations are complicated to hold, if not impossible. Before the outbreak of COVID 19, the Liberian health sector was already devastated by the lack of drugs, professionals, health petitioners, and other medical equipment. This new outbreak has made the situation even worse. The entire country is sick, and everyone is seeking self-medication to keep themselves saved. In addition to this grief surge of the COVID 19 and already devastated Liberia economy has gone into a coma.

As a result of the unbearable circumstance, Camp for Peace Liberia did not carry out any former camping activities during the period under review. However, plans are currently being made to host a mass camp come December this year, considering that COVID 19 will be minimized in Liberia.

During the period under review, we were also engaged in encouraging our campers and participants through multi-media or radio to continually wear their masks, keep a distance from each other, and regularly and frequently wash their hands during all activities.

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Little camp gather amid COVID
Little camp gather amid COVID

There are several unique attributes about camping that can be replicated in the most challenging situation, like COVID 19. Camp's philosophy encompasses respect, love, obedience, unity, collection of ideals and ideas, creativity, innovation, patience, gratitude, hope, adaptability, discovery, etc.

During the period under review, we felt that the integration of most of these attributes would bring a zero-tolerance to COVID 19.  It wasn't possible to meet in a large gathering during this challenging time in our lives. We quickly innovated an e-message, SMS, social media, and WhatsApp connection to remain in touch with each other. These innovative practices became a possible replacement for our usual camp tradition. Our campers began motivated and felt like being together. Though we did not meet in large groups, we felt the spirit of being at camp through these innovative practices. We played games, debated the issue, sang songs together, exchange gifts, and read our novels together. The name "Education over challenges at summer camp proves to be the real title of this project at this time.

Also, we met in small groups during the period under review to discuss, play, and learn the fundamental issues about COVID 19. This put our youth in a better position to be refreshed and prepared to spread each-one-teach one COVID 19 educational awareness

One participant stated in these words "thank God for camp and camping tradition. It had helped us to be better prepared even before COVID 19 emerged. Those things that I have learned at camp are now resonating very well during this global crisis".

Another participant said quote "if everyone in the world had gone camping at one point in their lives, they would learn these camp values and would apply them at this time. Maybe by now, COVID 19 would be eradicated."

Another participant also said quote "the problem created by COVID 19 is more than the COVID pandemic itself. As a result of COVID 19, hunger, unemployment, increase in other sicknesses, criminality, and crime, human rights abuses including SGBV, rape, etc., have increased. But I am grateful I learned the camp value, and it is helping me to overcome numerous challenges associated COVID at this time".

I will suggest that camping program be institutionalized after this COVID 19 fight. The lesson learned from camp should be applied to solving some of the world's biggest problems. Thanks to our donors who contributed to our effort during this challenging moment in our lives

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Camp for Peace Liberia

Location: Paynesville - Liberia
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BAbel Learwellie
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