Summer Camp and Pirate Festival
For the third summer in a row Planet Aid UK has supported and organised the summer camp for the Zimwomen’s association of Northamptonshire and African Youth Arise.
As we do not have the same facilities as previous years we asked our partner CICD to host the camp.
CICD (College for International Cooperation and Development) trains students who spend 6 months as Development Instructors in one of Humana People to People’s projects in India or Africa.
Part of the weekend programme was to participate in the neighbour town’s ‘Pirate Festival’. On Saturday a bus full of CICD students, the African children and their facilitators visited the festival and performed African drumming and dance.
The children said that, one of their best experiences, was to be on the beach playing football. The coastline at Withernsea is very impressive and many of the children had not experienced anything like it before.
It was a joy to see how the CICD students and the Africans developed friendships, something very important for both parties.
Rumbi Mukoyi, a Lead Mentor with African Youth Arise, said, 'I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for funding the African Heritage Weekend. I really appreciate your generosity to our community. You have provided the young people with a positive platform from where they can explore different aspects about their culture and heritage. This program has played a crucial role in the safeguarding of African heritage.Thanks to the generous contribution of Planet Aid UK and its partners we were able to deliver workshops on identity and integration and we explored how the people can play a part in their local communities, schools and youth clubs' .
We are looking forward to repeating this arrangement next summer.