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.