The camp brought together 115 diverse children and their families. The day began with an expression of unity in front of the community. Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian religious leaders blessed the program together with the ceremonial lighting of a traditional oil lamp. After some introductions, the youth performed dances and songs, across cultural traditions, for their families and neighbors.
After lunch, the religious leaders involved engaged the kids in some friendly competition featuring a series of uproarious games and sporting events. These included “breaking up balloons,” “threading the needle,” “across the barrier,” “musical chairs,” and “bun eating” - which apparently involves dragging pastries off a string with your mouth and eating them off the floor with no hands as fast as you can!
With all the sharing, laughter, and friendships built during the camp, community members in Sri Lanka are fostering relationships and attitudes that could, one day, save lives.