Summer camp flew by in a flash! We can't believe it's the last day already. These kids have never attended any type of camp before, so our staff worked hard to create as much fun and learning as possible into the past five days. Our camp attendees have all had to live through heart complications and undergo surgery in the past few years. Now that they are out of the hospital and recovering, we hope to give them a chance to have fun and be a kid again.
We started the day off with movies and a music lesson. The kids have now mastered 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' on the recorder. They were so amused by their progress and paid close attention to Dr. Gan's instructions. Music rang throughout the room for hours. The kids were very grateful and thanked Dr. Gan for teaching them how to play. For most of these kids, this is their first exposure to music lessons!
Today, our volunteer Lauren and her mom led a new art activity. They brought fish and dragon shaped magic scratch paper. The kids were very curious. This paper is black in appearance, but once scratched with a rough surface, a beautiful rainbow is revealed. It felt like magic to many of the staff! Students of course, were ecstatic. This activity is particularly good for the kids because it allows them to explore with their imagination and utilize their creativity.
Once finished, Lauren helped tie a string around the paper so that they can hang their art pieces up in the room. Lauren brought them a bag with their English name on it so that they can bring all of their goodies from camp back home safely. The bag was left blank for the kids to decorate with paper hearts and a variety of stickers. Everyone was so excited and spent time crafting their individual bag. It's these tiny acts of love that mean a lot to these kids.
Lauren leaves one last gift, a gift from the interns from the US, and thanked the kids for the amazing experience. She hopes that this camp will stay in their memories. The children gave Lauren and her mother a huge thanks for everything they have done for them during this camp.
After dinner, the doctor gives them one last check up, just to make sure everyone is doing well. One last parting - a gift they will never forget: a photograph from summer camp to remind them of the wonderful memories they have created.
Translated and edited by EV Intern Katie Lan
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