Presentation on theme: "Since 1999 Caritas Salzburg/Austria has been organising a youth camp for needy children in the MONA-region (Middle East and North of Africa) every year."— Presentation transcript:
Since 1999 Caritas Salzburg/Austria has been organising a youth camp for needy children in the MONA-region (Middle East and North of Africa) every year in close cooperation with local partner organisations. The main goals of these camps are: Contribution to the understanding among peoples helping to reduce prejudice strengthening of mutual respect and tolerance promoting interest for other religions, countries and cultures to enable socially deprived children (orphans, refugee children, handicapped,...) to benefit from real vacations
The 2004 camp took place in Alexandria and Cairo/Egypt and was organised in close collaboration with Caritas Egypt. 95 children aged 9 – 13 from Egypt (28), Lebanon (17), Sudan (13, Sudanese refugees living in Cairo), Syria (10), Palestine (10, from Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon), Jordan (9) and Libya (8) were participating. All together (including the camp staff) 130 persons from 11 different nationalities and 13 different Christian and Muslim denominations – a unique experience!
The first two weeks the camp was hosted by the convent Tito of the Sisters of Charity in Alexandria
6 sisters from 4 different congregations were part of the camp staff
From left to right: Abuk (Sudan), Cayane (Syria), Hanane (Palestine), Najla (Jordan), Sylvana (Lebanon), Manar (Egypt) and Najwa (Libya)
From left to right, below: Rabih (Lebanon, Shiite), Samuel (Sudan, Latin), Dany (Syria, Chaldean), Hassan (Palestine, Sunnite); above: Ahmad (Libya, Sunni), Hanna (Jordan, Greek orthodox) and Sarwat (Egypt, Coptic orthodoxe)
At the beginning of the camp clothes, shoes and hygenic articles had to be provided for nearly all Egyptian and Sudanese children
The children worked on topics such as solidarity, cooperation, friendship and acceptance of the others
Handicrafts were a favourite occupation for all the children
Everybody participated in competition games...
... with much enthusiasm...
As usual we disovered that we had excellent dancers among us...
The Syrian Dabké
The Austrian ambassador invited the children to Radi village, a holiday ressort
For many children it was the first time in their lives to eat at a restaurant
A must for every visitor to Egypt: the pyramids of Gizeh
... and of course the legendary Sphinx
An unforgetable experience: a tour on the Nile at the invitation of the German ambassador
The national evenings allowed the children to present their home country and its traditions to the other participants: the Jordanian children singing their national anthem
The Sudanese national evening : The sound of Africa
Three weeks were long enough to tighten the bands of friendship
This camp was organised by Caritas Austria and Caritas Egypt with financial contributions from the following organisations of the international Caritas network: Caritas Germany Caritas Luxemburg Caritas Italy Secours Catholique/Caritas France CRS (Catholic Relief Services = Caritas USA) Caritas Internationalis/Vatican