In a country with as much wealth and privilege as the United States, it can be easy to forget that many people do not have access to their human right to rest and leisure (Article 24, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.”)
Today, our campers are exploring that right, with a particular focus on how people with disabilities participate in sports and leisure. Our campers will get to participate in swimming, rock climbing, and goalball with Paralympic and blind athletes. Swimming while blind? Yes, we can! Rock climbing with a prosthetic? Yes, we can! And goalball is awesome – check it out!
After all this physical exercise, it’s movie night at Peacebuilders Camp. Campers will be eating popcorn and watching McFarland USA.
Here are some ideas of how you can help others access their right to rest and leisure:
- Watch “We’re the Superhumans” and be inspired!
- Have a movie night at your own home and watch McFarland USA along with our campers.
- Offer to babysit for a parent you know – allow them an afternoon of leisure.
- Learn about the Fugees Family (which provides education and athletic opportunities to refugees in the Atlanta area) and donate money or equipment to help refugee youth play soccer.
- Provide transportation for kids to Soccer in the Streets or a program like it in your town.
- One of the athletes who will be working and playing with our campers is very active in the Soles 4 Souls program. Learn more about how you can help people have appropriate footwear for leisure and everyday life.
- Read about “Play Deserts” and advocate for more parks and playgrounds in all communities.