Summer swing - Inner-city kids benefit from EU-funded camp

Published: Sunday | July 22, 2012 Comments 0
Cammoy Robinson, (second right) coordinator, during one of her programmes with children who attended RISE kidz club summer camp at Shortwood Teachers' college in St Andrew on Friday, July 20.-Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Cammoy Robinson, (second right) coordinator, during one of her programmes with children who attended RISE kidz club summer camp at Shortwood Teachers' college in St Andrew on Friday, July 20.-Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Almost 200 inner-city kids are now benefiting from this year's RISE Life Management Services Kidz Club Summer Camp.

This is the first activity under phase two of the new Community Upliftment & Human Rights Awareness Project between RISE and the European Union (EU) and funded with a contribution of $31.9 million.

The camp, which started last Wednesday, is scheduled to run until Friday at the Shortwood Teachers' College.

It is aimed at providing opportunities for at-risk children, to participate in supervised recreational and educational activities.

The camp also serves to bring together children from opposing communities which have been at odds either through politics or gang warfare.

Children from Parade Gardens; Fletchers Land, Allman Town, Drewsland, Tower Hill, Waterhouse and Majestic Gardens are participants in the camp.

The camp is being held under the theme, 'Jamaica is Great, Let's Celebrate' and caters to children between the ages of seven and 15.

Activities include life- and social-skills education focused on children's rights, art-and-play therapy, sports, creative and performing arts, as well as an end-of-camp field trip.

"Any help that can be given to children is help to each and every one of us, since today's children are the future of us all," said Helen Jenkinson, Chargé d' Affaires of the EU on the opening day.

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