Summer activities for under-privileged children
Three years ago, the youngest daughter of Nancy Evans passed away suddenly. A month later, Lina’s CEO came from London and suggested that they do something positive in her memory. The goal was to celebrate her life, and the best way to do this seemed to be to try to bring joy and happiness to others. Lina’ Project was born!
With her company’s help we decided to offer summer activities for under-privileged children in Brussels. Our long-term partner Nativitas was invited to help put the plan in to action. Originally a one-time event, it has become so successful that Nativitas has agreed to be an on-going partner with Lina’s Project.
How does it work? Who benefits from it?
Lina’s Project is a multi-cultural venture for children from many different countries: places like Morocco, Algeria, and other African countries, countries from the Eastern bloc as well as children from Belgium. The project is inclusive – as at least half of the participants are girls.
The families that benefit are all on welfare with very limited revenues. The parents are asked to look for fun activities that their children would enjoy during summer vacation.
There are many possibilities: day-camp activities in the Brussels area, over-night camps in the Ardennes and also up at the coast. Some of the activities are organized and/or partly subsidized by the commune, the province, medical insurance companies or private organizations. Day camp activities often include day trips outside of Brussels, and activities are chosen that the children would otherwise not have the opportunity to try such as: circus camp, cooking, adventure, majorettes, science and nature and all sorts of sports. In September we also have a party to meet the children and hear about their experiences over the summer, and share their joy.
Without financial help, none of these kids would be able to participate in any of these activities. Thanks to Lina’s Project, these children discover new horizons. What a great way to spread the light!
Thank you for your generosity!