Summer camp gave Albana the freedom to play and have fun, laugh with friends, and experience a carefree childhood for a short while – an experience that will stay with her forever.
She added, "I learned to pray! I also learned to practice good hygiene, and now I have a better understanding of the importance of personal care. I learned to brush my teeth, which I never do at home because nobody asks me to do it, and I don't have any time. When I wake up in the morning at home, I start looking after my brother and sister. They're small, and I have to take care of them, feed and clean them and after that, go to school or do chores at home."
She added, "Sometimes during the day here at camp, I miss my little siblings, but just for a few moments. I feel free to play and spend time with my friends without being concerned about them. My mum's waiting for me to come home and take care of them, but I'll stay till the end of the camp. I'm having fun and learning new things with my friends. This summer camp is absolutely the most unforgettable experience of my whole life!"
Arian, one of the MWB workers, said, "Children improve their communication skills at camp. They learn good habits here, and they continue to practice them when they're back at home. Summer camp is a big event that children love to talk about once they return to school. We're so grateful to our supporters and God for making summer camp possible. It's been life-changing in many ways for Albana and many other children."
The freedom to play is vital, helping children develop social and communication skills, cognitive skills, imagination, and more. That's one reason why Mission Without Borders summer camps mean so much to children like Albana. That break from their everyday responsibilities, the chance to use their imaginations, make their own choices, and spend time with friends has a powerful impact on their well-being that lasts beyond the end of summer camp.
Summer camp may only last a week or two – but its impact is for life. With your help, we can give more children like Albana the freedom to play – the freedom to simply be children.