Since 1998, camps have been held in Lebanon where various national delegations, in cooperation with the Lebanese Association, offer people with physical and mental disabilities a vacation in the ...
French Camp in Chabrouh
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SummaryOne week camp aimed at providing care to differently-abled Lebanese people. Led by the French Order of Malta Youth in collaboration with the Order of Malta LB
Who can become a volunteer?
Most of the volunteers are between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. While there is no upper age limit, you must be at least 18 years old. No prior experience is required as care training is delivered before each camp on the kick-off day. There is one mandatory induction meeting in Madrid, which you have to attend either in person or via Zoom. If you cannot attend that meeting, you cannot join the team to go to Lebanon.
For the rookies: We only ask for tenacity, creativity, a lot of patience and empathy. And above all, the spirit of service and affection towards the "guests" must prevail, a characteristic charism of the Order of Malta. The volunteers are of different nationalities, including Lebanese who assist us in the translation to communicate with the “guests”. Even though most volunteers in a camp usually come from the country that organizes it, the official language of the camps is English.
What do we do in the camp?
At the beginning of the camp, each guest is assigned to a volunteer who will be responsible for him/her the entire camp, taking care of their hygiene, food and well-being. This volunteer always has the support of the rest of the Camp. The greatest responsibility of each volunteer will be to make their "guest" spend their best week of vacation feeling loved and cared for.
The system of 1 volunteer 1 guest is fundamental, this makes the patient be better cared for, in a more personal way creating a very special bond between the guest and the volunteer.
The guests develop with the volunteers an inner strength that makes them more tolerant, giving them greater acceptance capacity for the rest of the year. Many guests have no family or visitors. Lack of personal ties exacerbates many of their illnesses causing depression, apathy, and isolation. Therefore, this one-to-one relationship is as beneficial or more than medication. The post-camp impact on the institutions where the guests live was notable from the beginning of the project.
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About OML - The Summer Camps Project - Chabrouh & Kfardebian
The fact that they have inestimable dignity is rarely felt by the mentally and physically disabled in their everyday life at home in Lebanon. In our holiday camps, they have experienced love, affection and friendly loyalty in one-to-one care for over 20 years.
Today, thanks to the solid support and contribution of youth delegations from around the world, and the renovation of the center in Chabrouh, 36 one-week camps are currently organized per year with 10 nationalities and 14 leading delegations. Due to increasing demand during peak season, in 2018 a new hosting center located in Kfardebian, few minutes away from Chabrouh, has been allocated to the project.
For the time being, Summer 2022, only fully vaccinated volunteers are allowed to participate in the camps (at least two shots of the following : AstraZeneca-Pfizer-Moderna-Sputnik-Johnson&Johnson).
The following Summer Camps will take place:
- MHD Camp : 13 June to 22 June.
- British Camp : 24 June to 3 July.
- Dutch Camp : 9 July to 18 July.
- French Camp : 20 July to 29 July.
- Spanish Camp I : 26 July to 31 July.
- Spanish Camp II : 2 August to 7 August.
- Spanish Camp III : 9 August to 13 August.
- German Team I Camp I : 3 August to 8 August.
- German Team I Camp II : 11 August to 16 August.
- German Team I Camp III : 18 August to 22 August.
- German Team II Camp I : 29 August to 3 September.
- German Team II Camp II : 6 September to 11 September.
- German Team II Camp III : 14 September to 19 September.
- Knights & Dames : 23 September to 2 October.
- Family & Friends II : 1 October to 9 October.
- Dutch International Veteran : 11 October to 20 October.
- Family & Friends I : 22 October to 31 October.