16/12/2014
Summer Camp Programme

Tikva’s summer camps have played a key role in enabling its orphaned and disadvantaged children aged 8-16, to have fun, break from the school routine, and stop worrying about their daily struggles. Camp also offers the opportunity for these children to strengthen friendships and build important mentoring relationships. Through its wide range of exciting activities, the experience also instils a healthy sense of confidence through learning and team building. Camp activities include computer workshops, drama, storytelling, arts and crafts, dance, movies, reading and writing. Outdoor activities include soccer, volleyball, basketball, jump rope, and free play. The children are also taken on day trips to a wide range of exciting and interesting places including local swimming pools, water parks, nature reserves,and museums.

In addition, the summer camps have a strong focus on social interaction and relationship building. Campers are taught:
• How to communicate with other children
• Good manners; team building
• Social interaction; and how to be good to their fellow man

There is an important emphasis on the treatment of others and this has a long term impact on the child and the community to which he/she belongs. The camaraderie developed at the summer camps also makes a perfect space to talk about Israel, sing Jewish songs, and imbue them with Israeli and Jewish culture while talking about future plans for potentially making Israel their permanent home.

This summer, over 190 Tikva children attended each session and were lodged in bungalows and participated in a variety of scheduled daily activities which included arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, and sports. The children also engaged in many team-building activities as well as trust-building projects that instilled camaraderie and helped foster social connectedness.

Each camp day, Tikva children learnt about different places around the world (including Japan, France, England, USA, Hawaii, Israel, Africa, and Mexico), exploring their traditional foods, arts, dances and songs. The camp provided three nutritious meals a day as well as snacks to a total of 380 boys and girls. To the children of Tikva, nutritious food is a basic necessity that many have not enjoyed in their short lives. Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and most of the children at Tikva’s homes come from backgrounds damaged by severe poverty, malnutrition and chronic health problems.

Thousands of Jewish children, even those in family settings, still go hungry every day in Ukraine. Tikva campers also received instructional time in which they learned about their Jewish culture and Shabbat. This enabled the children to enhance their exposure to overall Jewish culture and establish a Jewish identity for those who may have grown up unaware of their Jewish roots.

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