As many of you know, my youngest daughter Lina, passed away suddenly, 4 years ago at the age of 30. Shortly after, the CEO of her company came to see me from London and suggested that we do something positive in her memory. The goal was to celebrate her life, and what better way, than to try to bring joy and happiness to others.
With the help of her company, we decided to sponsor summer activities for under-privileged children here in Brussels. Our long-term partner Nativitas, was invited to help put the plan in action. Originally intended as a one-time event, it was so successful that Nativitas agreed to be an on-going partner. This is now the second year that IPC has adopted it as a Mission Project.
Here is a video about the project:
IPC Brussels – Mission of the Month – May 2020 from The IPC Brussels on Vimeo.
Who participates and how does it work?
The children come from many different countries of origin: Algeria, Morocco, as well as other African countries, also the Eastern Bloc, and of course Belgium. We try to make it as multi-cultural as possible. The families that benefit are all on welfare with very limited revenues. In order to involve the parents, too, we ask them to propose fun activities that their children would enjoy during summer vacation.
There are many possibilities: day camps in the Brussels area, over-night camps in the Ardennes or up at the coast, and even scout camps in France. Day camp activities often include one-day trips outside of Brussels. We encourage the children to choose activities that they would normally not have the opportunity to try such as: circus, cooking, dance, adventure, science and nature, as well as all sorts of sports.
Without financial help, none of these children would be able to participate in any of these activities. They would be spending the summer at home, often in a very small living space, with little to do. After having been confined for weeks due to the Corona virus, you can imagine how hard that would be. Thanks to Lina’s project, these children can discover new horizons. It opens up their world and creates great memories. What a wonderful way to spread God’s light!
In the event that summer activities for children cannot take place because of Covid-19 restrictions, your donations will be set aside for the next available vacation period.
Thank you so much for your generosity!
On behalf of the IPC Missions Team, thanks for helping us be a blessing in the world!
Transfers can be made to the Fortis account: IBAN: BE15 2100 5777 1030