The community of Nouakchott reports on a joyful occasion: The summer camp
From July 10 to 27, Sister Elyse Uwanyirigira and her team organized three weeks of activities for the children of the Maison du Quartier and for those studying in other schools.
What is unique to this colony is the number of children enrolled: 78!
Other children kept knocking on the door after a week of activities, but the limit was reached: sorry, what to do? The supervisors consulted each other and decided to welcome them anyway, because even if they said “no”, a young girl had already said that she was going to sit next to the others and watch what they were doing instead of going home. Three volunteer supervisors, including a retired doctor and a student from the Lycée Français who came with her friend, showed up to lend a hand. Two people passing through have generously contributed financially. This covered the expenses of children from underprivileged families who participated free of charge. The blessing was felt. Everything is grace.
The joy was immense and the days went by very quickly. College students continued their computer training, a group of children prepared the theater with the recitation of poems. Other groups were taken up with sewing, beadwork, coloring, drawing, singing, plastic arts and French lessons. Punctuality was at the top!
Surprisingly, for the first time in the history of the summer camp, on July 22, the team of supervisors offered an outing for a whole day. They all went to the beach. The little ones were accompanied by their parents. What else to say? They were 80, children and supervisors together. Filled with energy, everyone was singing and dancing. Their dance attracted those who were on the beach. Joy is contagious. We congratulate Sister Elyse for her audacity, her physical strength and her sense of organization. We thank the supervisors for their dedication to this mission.
July 27, closing day, was harvest time. The priest, the sisters, the parents and the friends were invited. The feast was well prepared and the gifts for each child were already prepared by the reception-listening group where Sister Marie Ange does her apostolate.
Life is beautiful! Let’s live it.