January 10, 2013
As Save the Children transitions out of the Maïssade community, a local association, ANORMA, is now ready to take the lead.
Summer vacation is at its end and many children who participated in this year’s summer camp are headed home with new friendships, a sense of confidence and new skills. This was the first summer camp led by ANORMA, a local association,and judging by the positive feedback it will be the first of many.
The camp welcomed boys and girls from 12 to 18 years old to be trained in basic computer skills, French, floral art and dance. The two week camp was an occasion for the local group to not only demonstrate its ability to manage the program, but also to recruit community support for trainings. Indeed, local teachers, florists and even cooks volunteered and added greatly toward the program. The result was tremendous.
During the camp, many children had their first opportunity ever to work on a computer. Others had an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills, while younger children developed their sense of self-assurance and pride through dance and floral art projects. It was amazing to hear a 14 year old share her wish to open a floral boutique when she finishes school.
The closing ceremony was the perfect time for ANORMA to give thanks to Save the Children for all their support which led to the successful camp, and share how all the participants had developed new skills - how to be a better artist, a designer and a better person. ANORMA’s goal is to continue to work with the community by supporting local schools and to work towards becoming a notable training center in the region.
Save the Children’s work with local partners like ANORMA, training them in school management and capacity building, assures a smooth and efficient transition of all the activities the organization has provided. The achievement of ANORMA’s first summer camp is not just a reward for Save the Children,but also a sign of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity.
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