By: Bester Kayaye
In a bid to foster holistic growth of children and responsible citizenry in Malawi, the organizers of Tiwale Camp are set to host children to a 5 days camp at Ku Chawe in Zomba.
The children’s camp which is to commence from 20th to 24th December 2020, is to be conducted under the theme “Branded” originated from Isaiah 49 verse 16 that articulates “Behold I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”
Rev. Mphatso Chidothe is one of the organizers of the camp and she says it has been organised to provide safe spaces for children to come together to have fun, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests where they can freely express themselves.
Rev. Chidothe said, “Our mission is to expose children to a world of possibilities, learning, and growth for self-development by providing children with opportunities for new and challenging activities that promote responsible behavior and the development of social as well as Christian life skills that encourage healthy interpersonal relationships.”
“Our programs are guided by Christian principles and values and all our activities are tailored to provide your child fun and find something new to explore. There are more than 100 activities from crafts to water games for every child to enjoy regardless of ability,” she said.
She further explained that among other objectives is to assist children in developing faith for daily living as well as instilling the lifelong values of teamwork and individual responsibility in daily tasks in a healthy environment.
“Children shall also be helped to build individual character, confidence, and skills through a wide range of sports, workshops, and artistic activities to catalyze their growth as responsible members of their families and as citizens of their communities.”
Among other activities lined up for the week include: hiking, swimming, assorted Olympic Games coupled by teachings on diverse topics, such as entrepreneurship, purity, sexual and substance abuse.
In terms of programme sustainability as Tiwale Camp, she disclosed, “Our future expectation is to serve thousands of people each year through overnight camps, youth and church retreats, family camping, marriage retreats, picnics, and much more.”