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LitWorld’s LitCamps

Literacy Champion Spotlight

 

 


As more and more kids poured out of the vans that arrived on the first morning of the LitCamp, one boy in the crowd stood out. He sat apart from everyone, the only child without a bright blue T-shirt or a nametag. Instead of holding a book or a ball in his hands, he stood with over 15 hand woven placemats he needed to sell to support his family.

Like many of our campers, the boy, who introduced himself as Ronald, was recently relocated to the rural area outside of metro Manila from the slum in which he was born. Like many of our campers, Ronald was too young to work but working anyway. Like many of our campers, Ronald’s everyday life did not leave enough space for joy.

Ronald was serious as he adeptly negotiated prices for his placemats, so adult-like in his interactions with us. Even after we purchased them all, Ronald lingered, watching the campers gather into a circle to begin the day with a game of the Hokey Pokey. When we asked him if he wanted to participate in camp, he did not hesitate for a second. Ronald lit up.

It was easy to see that even the simple act of giving Ronald a nametag was significant. Inviting Ronald to join our LitCamp community – one where sharing, learning, and joy are at the center of our value system – was not just a way for Ronald to be engaged during crucial out-of-school time. Bringing Ronald into our LitCamp community allowed him to be a child for the first time. A child whose only job was to sing as loud as he could, run as fast as he could, and share his story with each of us.

The LitCamp focus on literacy and storytelling empowers children by giving them a space to share their story while letting children be children. From Harlem to Kibera, Kenya to Manila, Philippines, many of our campers have never experienced the joy of childhood. They have not had the opportunity to run, to laugh deeply, and to enjoy the warmth of a wonderful story. Something we take for granted is a child’s right to pure fun and joy, but not at the LitCamp. LitCamps mean joy.

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