• March 29, 2017

Argentina: Becoming children again!

by Savanna B, on mis­sion in Argentina

In February, we had the oppor­tu­nity to take 11 girls of our neigh­bor­hood for a 4 days summer camp out­side the Villa Jardin. We try to do this every year, for it is a time greatly awaited by every little girl. For them, it is the oppor­tu­nity to leave the harsh­ness of their home and spend some time together with us and all of their friends, in a lighter envi­ron­ment.

In order to fundraise a bit of money for the camp, we decided to sell food out­side our house and to include the girls in all of the prepa­ra­tions and work. For us, it was impor­tant to share in these moments with the girls, and even more, to see them working hard to make this summer camp happen. They were lit­er­ally run­ning around, asking every person in the neigh­bor­hood if they wanted to buy choripan (a sand­wich made of Argentinean sausage and bread), and deliv­ering the food to the cus­tomers. At the end of the day, they were so happy and proud of all the work they had done, each one had a huge smile on her face. One of the little girls ran up to me after we had sold every­thing and said, “Mari, I think we made enough money to stay 2 whole weeks at the camp if you want!”

In the end, we spent four beau­tiful days together at a nearby camp­ground that has many trees, a lot of space to run around, and a big famous swim­ming pool. The girls went crazy for the pool and all they wanted to do is spend time in the water. The pure excite­ment and inno­cence that they carry and res­onate during the camp is what we love to expe­ri­ence the most. To par­tic­i­pate in their appre­ci­a­tion of the little things, to see them return to being little girls is the sweetest fruit of the summer camp. We played water games, did a trea­sure hunt, had Mass every day with Father Eduardo, and got to know each other a bit more deeply.

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