Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art and Music Camp
We hope this finds you in good spirits and great health at the end of summer. We had quite the month in Vietnam this summer. What can we say about it? One word, amazing fun!
This summer, we held our first ever art and music camps for children living in ethnic minority communities in the province of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. With three separate camps in three separate villages we were able to support 300 children with the joy of music and art. The children we work with, live in very difficult and impoverished conditions. We started each day with music performances from the kids from our year-round art and music school and volunteer musicians from the United States, and then taught the children a different art project each day. We provided the children with snacks, and ended each day playing games. There was an amazing energy and excitement among the kids, since they had never experienced anything like this.
Along with our family of four, we had five volunteers come with us from Rhode Island, and two more from California, all musicians and artists. We also recruited some of our year-round students from our art and music school in Cam Duc to be camp counselors and English translators for our volunteers. For the kids from our school in Cam Duc, it was the first time in their lives that they had the chance to interact with Kids from the local minority villages, kids who live only 20-30 minutes away. It was an experience for them that they voiced their gratefulness for, an experience that can only improve their outlook on their local communities and the world around them.
There is a common comment that comes out of the volunteer experience. That we get more out of the work we do with the kids, than the kids probably get that were in our camps. It is so wonderful to realize that the experience this summer has changed the lives of our young volunteers from the United States and has continued to change our own lives each and every time we go back to Vietnam and work with the kids in our school and programs. What we always come home with is a feeling that is almost impossible to describe to others. Since our return, we’ve met with all of our volunteers who have also said how hard it is to describe to others the conditions they have seen families and kids living in, that they never imagined what it could be really like before they traveled to Vietnam, and that how grateful the kids are there, and how simple things like listening to or playing music or simple paper to paint and express themselves on could bring such joy. We hope that with these few photos you might be able to get a glimpse of that.
We want to thank all of you for you donations and support to these children. Thank you all for believing in what we are doing, and for your continued support of the kids we share your donations with. It was with this support that we were able to meet and work with 300 kids that would never have the opportunities to escape from the difficult life situations that they have. Our music and art camps were a huge success, and we are so lucky to say that we were able to witness unhindered joy and happiness and laughter and the moments of maybe a creative way to temporarily forget the difficulty in their lives.
We can only hope that we can continue to count on your support, and with our work we can make you as our donors, friends and supporters proud. Our appreciation and gratitude is never ending, and we never forget that without this support we would never be able to do what we do. We hope for your continued good health, success, and happiness in the months and years to come.
Sara, Patrick, Sophie and Phoebe
The Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Team
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Cat Camper
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Paper Hats
Our youngest campers!