Swiss Camp Leader, Chabrouh - Matthieu Michel

Swiss Camp Leader, Chabrouh - Matthieu Michel

"How could you describe our summer camps in a few sentences? You could try, but you would only be able to give a small impression, a quick taste at best. A summer camp is typically one of these experiences which are completely indescribable. And even if you could find the right words, how could someone understand what it is that happens over there, in Lebanon, if he or she hasn’t been there, hasn’t lived these moments, hasn’t shared these ephemeral instants of pure and simple fulfilment? Do we volunteers even understand? We sometimes get a good grasp of it. When Mohammed stops his everlasting up and down movement to hold your hand inside his deformed fingers, when Moussa sends you a goodbye kiss from his bed, when Ghattas greets you with a deferent hug, and even when you get your ass kicked by Ayman or when Djihad pukes his lunch on you, you get to grasp what it is exactly that you are doing there. In these moments you understand very important things about life in general. You understand that love lies in the disinterested and total gift of yourself, and not only of your time and energy, but of yourself as a whole. You understand that it is precisely this love that transcends you, that it is this love for which you strive and which keeps you alive and fulfils you as a human being. You understand that nothing else matters. These moments never fade in your mind, but you still start to question these things that you understood once you’re back in your normal life. Everything seems absurd back home, yet it seems so absurd that you start to think: “Maybe it was my life in Lebanon that was crazy…” You have to wonder, like everyone else, how changing diapers could somehow bring joy into your life. You have to wonder why spending your time with autistic people in Lebanon, and not in the best conditions, brought you so much happiness that you would want to go back every year. Because it makes no sense at first sight. None at all. Yet it does make sense, and a lot of it. You just have to live it to get it."

How could you describe our summer camps in a few sentences? You could try, but you would only be able to give a small impression, a quick taste at best.

Community being served:

  • Disabled Children and Adults