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Summer Camp nurtures dreams for children affected by HIV/AIDS

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© UNICEF China/2009/Liu Dianming
Some of the 72 campers at the 6th Annual UNICEF/China National Committee for the Care of Children Summer Camp for Children Affected by AIDS.

BEIJING, China, 20 August 2009 – The 6th annual Summer Camp for Children Affected by AIDS celebrated its closing ceremony at China’s Great Hall of the People. In attendance were 72 children, top government leaders and members of the national media.

The camp is supported by UNICEF and the China National Committee for the Care of Children.

At the closing ceremony for the camp, UNICEF Representative to China Dr. Yin Yin Nwe, appealed to the audience to provide the children with “strong and sustained external support to survive and thrive.”

“As adults we have the duty to listen to and act on their needs," she said.

Activities to inspire dreams

During the five-day camp, children participated in cultural and sports activities at the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Beijing National Stadium and other noteworthy sites.

The children were also treated to visits from celebrities, receiving tips from famous basketball players and learning tricks from a renowned magician.

All of these activities were designed to inspire the belief that children living with HIV/AIDS that can live out their dreams.

Community-based foster care

"I will work hard to live my dream, which is to go to the prestigious Shanghai Fudan University," said 17-year-old Xiaobo, who lost both of his parents to AIDS, and has been living in a UNICEF-supported community-based foster care family for one year. 

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© UNICEF China/2009/Liu Dianming
During the five-day camp, children participated in cultural and sports activities at the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Beijing National Stadium and other noteworthy sites.

Named the ‘Sunshine Family’, the foster care family has two chaperones to act as mother and father to the children orphaned by AIDS.

UNICEF is working with government partners to provide comprehensive support and income generation opportunities to empower families to better care for their children.

"I used to have the feeling that I won't succeed or change anything for my family,” said 13-year-old Taotao, who attended the summer camp. “But this time maybe my feeling is wrong. I think I deserve a dream too."


 

 

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