In less than a month Lev Lalev’s summer camp will begin.
Let me share with you the following story.
Last summer Shoshana was brought to Lev Lalev by a distant cousin. Her parents had died and her cousin was unable care for or control her. Shoshana, who was just eight years old at the time, had run away from her cousins’ house several times.
What could be done? We immediately accepted her into the Home and began a mental health assessment. She had symptoms of ODD (oppositional defiance disorder). She was angry, hostile, and argumentative.
Summer camp began a few weeks after she arrived. For the first week, she refused to participate in any camp activities, until the girls went on a trip to a nearby water park. There, she joined with the other girls her age. Fortunately, this experience helped Shoshana begin her healing process.
Camp is crucial for our orphaned and disadvantaged girls. Not only do they have a great time, but the three-week program enables them to take a break from their routine. At camp they have fun- they swim, do arts and crafts, horseback riding, and many other exciting activities.