This is the end of June. For Charbel, this is the beginning of the summer holidays: no more homework, only free time! But, like his mom, he has this apprehension: what can I do during those long summer months?
He looks forward to the beginning of the summer camp with the French volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d'Orient.
Last year, the theater workshop left his shyness behind. As he play the part of a dummy valet, he discovered a new capacity to make a whole assembly laugh.
Maybe Jad, with whom he loved to make origami to decorate the center of Mar Romanos painted by the volunteers, will also be attending the camp!
It was also last summer that he first went to Baalbeck. Like the emperors of the past, he had solemnly climbed the steps of the temple of Bacchus.
In 2019, more than 1,200 children are expected to attend the summer camps in July and August all over Lebanon: Akkar, Tripoli, Bekaa, Mount Liban, Chouf, South, Nabatié... For each summer camp, the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d'Orient prepare the program for a dense week: drawing, Olympics, choreography, singing competitions... All this punctuated by prayer and playful lessons.
A week of summer camp
Is a privileged moment for the Lebanese and French to reinforce this indispensable and precious link between Lebanon and France.
Is a unique opportunity for a young Lebanese to discover the remote and desert corners of the land of the Cedar.
Is just a vacation. For a few days, children can escape from everyday life and build new friendships.
A summer camp costs an average of 2,000 euros.