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Summer Camp for Kids from the Slums

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TRINITY College and Incredible Belgaum NGO organised a one of its kind Summer Camp for kids living in the slum areas. “We see so many summer camps organised for kids during the summer vacation for kids but when the Incredible Belgaum NGO and TRINITY College volunteers visited the slums on Ugadi to distribute sweets they noticed that many children had either dropped out of school or never went to school due to their financial situation. That is when the idea of having a summer camp with an objective of creating an interest for learning in these kids was initiated” said Prof. Ashutosh G. David, Chairman GDDF- TRINITY College.

kids-trinityThe camp in view of the objective had games, skill based learning activities, fun activities, movie show, outdoor activities, visit to zoo and unique lunch at Mc Donalds . The joy of the kids during the lunch at Mc D’s cannot be expressed in words. The seven day camp included activities like clay modelling, writing skill training, rangoli , best out of waste, drawing, singing, reading and training on personal hygiene.

The activities were conducted at TRINITY College and volunteers from various colleges were involved in implementing the activities in this seven days camp. Trinity ACTS( Action & Communication towards Society) is the social responsibility initiative by the College to inculcate in students the sense of Social concern.

Mrs. Shantha Kumari who is a faculty and trainer at Trinity College, who has also worked with NGO’s earlier along with Vinayak Naikoji of Incredible Belgaum NGO planned the activities to meet the objective. A two year plan has been designed to continue and educate the kids so there is continuation to this noble start. Writing kits were distributed to the kids on the last day where the parents were invited to showcase the works and out put of the 7 days of learning. Paintings, paper bags and clay models made by the kids were displayed. The valedictory ceremony was blessed with the presence of Shri Abhay Patil who congratulated the team for organising such a unique camp and also persuaded the parents to educate their children so they can be in better roles in the future. The Lunch was sponsored by Team AMP Frequency, Belagavi and writing kits by Miss. Madhuri Bongale from Mumbai.

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