The children in Haiti attend school a bit further into June than our children in the states, and they have just wrapped up school and they are looking forward to Summer Vacation. This year at BLB they have decided to have “Summer Camp” for their kids. Camp resurrects so many memories for all that they wanted to give their children the same memories. Everyday, the people at the BLB orphanage struggle seeing the Mountain community just outside of their walls live such a difficult life. They start working at a very young age and the average Haitian only eats 1 meal a day. They don’t know the luxury of turning on a faucet, or using a real toilet. In early June Len Gengel came upon the side gate at the orphanage where he saw a little mountain boy looking under the gate with his hand extended, it broke his heart.
It inspired him to propose a summer camp for some of the kids who live right outside the walls of the orphanage. After a brief overview of Summer Camp, the staff was on board, and it was decided that they will bring in some children from the mountain community to join the 66 children of the BLB for camp this summer to give them a little relief from their difficult lives and expose them to things like swimming and reading.