It’s July and that means one thing at ConeXión Mosaico: youth and children’s summer camps! As always, we count on volunteer teams from our U.S. partner churches to make these programs happen. These energetic teams come down to spend a week or two with us, learning about the challenges of urban poverty firsthand as they spend time with the people from the communities where we work.
This year we have the largest number of U.S. volunteers we have ever had, with 51 total visitors scheduled to stay with us during the month of July. This unprecedented number of helping hands will allow us to work with multiple age groups in four different communities during the three weeks of programmed activities.
Groups from Brooklyn, NY, and Lafayette, CO, will join with ConeXión Mosaico staff in working with children from 5 to 12 years old in San José Palmas and two different San Sebastián neighborhoods. Meanwhile, additional project staff will host activities for youth and women in Chimalhuacán. The U.S. teams will also help out doing construction and landscaping work on the site of our future Las Palmas community center.
While all this is going on, a team from Cambridge, MA, will be working with our Executive Director, Jean-Luc Krieg, to create a video of what is happening at ConeXión Mosaico. Lastly, a group of local ‘lucha libre’ wrestlers have agreed to donate their time and talents to stage an exhibition match on the final day of activities, an unaccustomed treat for the children and youth from these communities.
Stay tuned next month to hear about all of our exciting summer activities!