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2007 International Voluntary Service Camps in the Province of Mediterránea

26/07/2007: Spain

During the months of July and August 2007, some seventy people from our Province are going to participate in international voluntary service camps by carrying out different tasks. The participation in these camps is the outcome of a process that lasts for several months during which those concerned train, reflect on questions concerning solidarity and prepare the activities that they are going to offer in different countries.

The Italian association ACUNA has organised three work groups in Bucharest (Romania) from the 21st July until the 5th August, from the 5th until the 19th August and from the 19th August until the 2nd September; in all forty-five people coming from Genoa, Giugliano and Rome. ACUMA has already worked for several years with street children, boys and girls, through non formal educational activities and leisure activities.

Other camps are organised by the Spanish association SED, with the following features according to the countries of destination:

• Fourteen people are going to go to Bolivia in the farming communities of Comarapa (Quebrada San Antonio, Ajospampa and Huertas) and Roboré (Limones, Los Sotos and San Pedro), to be involved in the local activities of remedial education, literacy classes for adults, accompaniment of families, basic health care, pastoral activities, promotion of women and socioeconomic development.

• Seven other people are going to take responsibility for the camp in Kumasi, Ghana, committing themselves to activities for the formation of teachers (pedagogy, didactics), the organisation of workshops (music, dance, manual works) and accompaniment of free time and leisure time.

• After many trials and tribulations, it is now confirmed that the camp in Equatorial Guinea will take place. In this case, we are counting on five people in Ebibeyin and Abeng Eseng for the formation of teachers and improvements to several local communities (schools and chapels).

• Finally, this year we are resuming once again the camp in the Ivory Coast which had been abandoned a few years ago due to the political troubles in the country. Someone from the Health Department will be responsible for resuming the good relations that existed previously between SED and the brothers of Bouaké.

May all of this enthusiasm and these efforts used in the preparation of these international voluntary service camps help us to be more sensitive to the needs of our world!

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