Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm

Stories from Camp – Day 3

June 13-18, 2011

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Article 25, Section 1:  “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” [from Universal Declaration of Human Rights]

Day 3 was our longest field trip of the week. We traveled two hours to Ellenton and Moultrie, GA to learn about migrant farm workers’ lives. After a morning exercising our right to leisure, we ate lunch in Moultrie with a group of Emory nurses who were conducting a two-week clinical with migrant workers and their families. Then, we toured the local farms with Cynthia Hernandez from the Ellenton Health Clinic. This was one of the most eye-opening experiences for the campers, seeing where our food comes from, the waste involved in the process, and the horrific conditions the workers labor and live in. Seeing all this made it very meaningful that our camp was able to start a food pantry at the Ellenton Clinic and then visit the mobile health clinic that evening. After such a long and intense day, the campers slept on the van ride home and then slept in the next morning.

The campers were also super excited about our morning at the beach. We woke up early and drove to Reed Bingham State Park and were able to spend 4 hours swimming at the lake!
After swimming, our group drove 10 minutes to Ellenton, GA, where we unloaded 1000 pounds of food (donated by a Mexican food distributor) to start a food pantry at the Ellenton Health Clinic.
The campers unpacked all of the boxes and organized the food so the Health Clinic can now help feed the migrant families that it serves.
Cynthia Hernandez of the Ellenton Health Clinic took us on a tour of local farms - she showed us barracks where the migrant workers live, fields full of produce that will be ploughed under for lack of labor, and the amount of food waste (seen here) that is a by-product of American farming.
Campers were able to go into a field and pick cucumbers and tomatillos.
After the farm tour, we returned to the Ellenton Health Clinic where kids relaxed, played games, and ate dinner. Campers left the clinic a thank you note on the white board.
Two of our campers had birthdays on Day 3! So, the counselors surprised Morgan and Claudine with an ice cream cake after dinner!
Finally, in the evening, once the migrant workers were done in the fields, we visited a mobile clinic set up by the Ellenton Health Clinic and the Emory School of Nursing.
The mobile clinic was set up at the barracks where the migrant workers live and helped them with dental care, foot care, back issues, and infectious disease. Then, after a full day of many varied experience, we go back in our vans and drove home to Koinonia.

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