Rwanda Ariel Children's Camp: December 2009
December 7, 2009 - December 11, 2009
Northern Province, Rwanda
The Ariel Children's Camp is a week-long camp for children living with HIV, sponsored by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The camp is named for Elizabeth Glaser’s daughter, Ariel, who passed away from AIDS-related illnesses in 1988. The December 2009 camp will be the second Ariel Camp to be held in Rwanda.
Forty children (20 boys and 20 girls) between the ages of 12 and 18, together with counselors and Foundation staff, will gather at Foyer de Charité - Remera Ruhondo in Rwanda's Northern Province. The children attend psychosocial support prgrams at 10 different Foundation-supported health facilities throughout Rwanda.
The campers will participate in games, sports, crafts, and other activities, and most importantly they will share their feelings about what it's like to grow up with HIV. The camp helps the children to feel valued and understand that they are not alone.
The theme of the December 2009 Ariel Camp is "Building Hope."
Read about the July 2009 Rwanda Ariel Camp.
Children collect fire sticks at the July 2009 Ariel Camp in Rwanda.