The seventh year in a row Charitable association “Light of Hope” organized summer therapeutic camp “Return of love” in Poltavskaya oblast. In 2007 year by tradition organizers set up the camp on the picturesque bank of the Vorskla River. During ten days HIV-positive people, former drug users and their relatives relaxed and got psycho and sociologic help in the camp. The equipment of the camp was considerably improved due to assistance and financial support of the ANTIAIDS Foundation.
46 people took part in the summer program. Except resting, they also received usefull knowledge and skills and got psycho and sociologic help. In the context of the therapeutic program 4 trainings, 11 self-support groups and 20 therapeutic groups were conducted. There was no camp without traditional “Neptune Day” celebration and badminton, volleyball, football, backgammon competitions. Set of therapeutic and healthy activities upgraded the level of knowledge about healthy life-style among the participants. Long expected vacations improved work efficiency of the association’ members and other guests of the camp.
Rehabilitation center “The Way Home” organized 75 days sports and health camp “Summer Home” starting on June, 11th in Odesskaya oblast. Its aim is rehabilitation of homeless children and children living with HIV. In 2007 year the camp worked in three sessions. It was visited by 86 children. Most of them were inmates of “The Way Home” center.
Training program includes team-work and interactive studies. Children learnt to estimate consequences of their acts, understanding that life could be quite different should you make an effort to change it. They also learnt to analyze their relationships with people around. There were exercises that taught children to achieve team results rejecting selfish interests and trainings that helped to better understand each other.
Children themselves set and equipped summer camp, cooked on the fire and learnt to combine everyday demands and careful attitude to the nature. Being separated from the outside world children could get to know each other better and teachers got an opportunity to organize activities more efficiently. For the most children there was only one chance during the year to take the air, to warm on the sand and to swim in the clear water. They did it with great excitement and pleasure. Sport activities included morning exercises based on respiratory and physical yoga exercises, and also intensive trainings during the day with oriental wrestling elements. Besides, there were conducted several football matches.
Relations and leisure time are the most important components of the rehabilitation. Sitting near the fire and hearing guitar songs children get an invaluable experience of human relations that usually are absent in their lives.
ANTIAIDS Foundation supports partnership projects of summer rehabilitation HIV-positive people for the fourth year in a row. Foundation financed camp in Poltavskaya oblast in 2004, 2005, 2006 years, in Odesskaya oblast – in 2006 year, in Chernovitskaya oblast – in 2005 year.
For detailed information, please, contact Pavel Piminov, Communications Director, Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation on e-mail: P.Piminov@antiaids.org. Contact phone number: +38 (044) 490 4805.