"VIVA MAKENI VIVA SAINT CONFORTI" SUMMER CAMP
The Catholic University of Makeni, Unimak, in collaboration with CEU(Centro de Estudios Universitarios) S. Pablo, a university in Spain, have organized summer camps in three parishes of Makeni, St. Conforti, St. Francis' and Our Lady of Fatima.
Thirty volunteers arrived from Madrid, the capital city of Spain, Saturday, 14th July.
Some of them have spent all their time in the Holy Spirit hospital, attending to and doing operations on many patients, others animated the three parishes with summer camps.
The Animators who have come to St. Conforti Parish were, four from Sierra Leonean, Oscar, Ronald, Dorah and Julia, students at Unimak, and four were from Madrid, Spain: Julia, Malam, Claudia and Balu.
The camp lasted two weeks, from the 16th to the 27th July, with a break at the weekend. Sixty children, from 6 years to 18, have attended this event at St. Conforti.
The day started at 10,00 a.m. with the washing of hands, followed by breakfast, even if the children were present in the church compound at 8,30!! Sports and educational activities were well distributed during the day. They learned many beautiful songs.
The purpose of the camp was to educate the participants about the importance of hygiene and health in our daily life. Different workshops were conducted by some experts: they taught the children how and when to wash their teeth and hands. They were shown how to lift weights, how to sit down correctly. They discovered the risks of smoking, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases and were instructed on how to prevent them.
During the camp many varied activities were performed, the purpose of which was to develop personal skills, such as painting, working with threads and making bracelets, reading books, planting lentils. It has been a short but very positive event. All the participants enjoyed this experience and expressed their gratitude to all those who have made it possible for them. Enthusiastically they shouted aloud the motto of the camp: “Viva Makeni, Viva St. Conforti!!!