July 25, 2012
Let the Olympics begin!
Our day camp continued with great spirits as we kicked off the highly anticipated Olympic games and encouraged teamwork among the different groups as they competed against each other. The youngsters enthusiastically competed and cheered for one another as the leaders timed the coordinated events. The relay race in particular was an event that stood out the most as several of the groups tied or had relatively close scores until one member in team Dziranakouyn smashed through the record, despite falling, and won it for the team.
It’s a great feeling walking down the streets of Vanadzor and being recognized and thanked for our appreciated work. This is incredibly rewarding for our AYF Canada volunteers, as leaders and as Armenians, knowing that we are able to make such a large impact in these children’s lives even if its just for a short period of time.
These past couple of days have also faced us with the complicated problem of having more and more parents bring their children to register at our camp over the days and have our numbers jump from 92 to 130. While we are glad to meet more children, we were unable to accept them all, despite our best efforts, as we have reached well above capacity. We are using up our additional funds to feed the children at lunch and make sure we have enough materials for activities now that we are 40 children over capacity, but it will only take us so far
If you are able to, please consider making a donation to us at www.ardziv.org/ayfcan/donate. Large or small, we will be deeply grateful as this money will go towards helping shape these children’s future.
We look forward to keeping all of our supporters updated. Share our journey with whoever else may be interested. Goodnight from Vanadzor.