Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm

Stories from Camp – Day 5

June 25-30, 2012

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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]

To learn about the right to adequate housing, we visited two organizations that started within the Koinonia Farm community – the Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity. On the morning of Day 5, campers conducted a service project with the Fuller Center’s Kirk and Thaddeus, helping rehab a house in Americus, GA. That afternoon, we visited the Habitat for Humanity Global Village to see houses that are built by Habitat in nations across the world. Finally, on the last night of camp we exercised our “right to leisure” by going swimming and having a cookout at a local state park! Click on any photo below to see a larger version.

Campers helped Thaddeus, from the Fuller Center, rehab a local home - painting and doing other handiwork.
As we worked together on our service project, we learned that Thaddeus (in the wheelchair) owns a Fuller Center house and was a camper at Koinonia's interracial camp in the early 1960s!
Campers did an activity with several peacemakers' expired passports. They looked through the stamps in each passport - Afghanistan, Tanzania, Indonesia, etc. - and learned about what is going on in each country and why peacemakers are needed there.
After our passport activity, we visited housed from many different countries at the Habitat for Humanity Global Village. Alex found the Tanzania house - the country where he was born!
Before our trip to the lake, campers made thank you notes for all of the people who had helped us during our week of camp.
At the state park that evening, we grilled kebabs and corn - our whole meal was from local produce and meat!
After dinner, the sun began to set and the campers jumped in the lake for one last swim with their new friends.
The water felt great after a day of community service and learning!
No one was safe from the splashing!
Everyone threw up a peace sign to celebrate a great week at Peacebuilders Camp.
The last one out of the water was Miguel - who learned to swim for the first time that day!

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