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Ukraine Child Refugee Camp

Rotary offering joy to Ukraine children

Completed
Funded by Rotary Grant
Intermediate


Detailed description

Central Texas Rotarians are doing what they can to add some joy to the lives of refugee children thanks to a Rotary International Disaster Response Grant of $25,000 fully funding a Labor Day weekend camp. Partnering with Peaceable Kingdom by Variety to work hand in hand with the Central Texas Ukrainian community, they have invited more than 50 children to attend the weekend retreat. Boys and girls, ages 5 to 15, will be treated to activities and outdoor adventures throughout the 122 acre camp that will end with a special carnival for approximately 150 Ukrainian guests, on Monday. The purpose of the retreat is to promote community, social skills, English language development, friendship, camaraderie, support and empowerment through nature and adventure. 80+ Rotarian volunteers and 20+ volunteers from the Ukrainian community will work together to assist in recreation, social connection, friendship, support and empowerment through nature and adventure.

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Community, Disaster Response

Peaceable Kingdom by Variety
19051 FM2484
Killeen, TX, 76542
United States

02 September 2022

05 September 2022

Casey Nall, Pflugerville | contact
Barbara Ann Najera, Pflugerville | contact
Patrick Harrison, Austin Cosmopolitan | contact
Mrs. Shannon Coleman, Pflugerville | contact

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Project Funding

District grant
DR670
19790
USD

Community needs, project impact, and sustainability

Community assessment: How the project team learned about the community’s needs

Peaceable Kingdom by Variety connected with PDG Rich Kaye and DG Shannon Coleman and RYLA Director Barbara Najera to discuss potential project. Partnered with Liberty Ukraine Foundation to find families and campers to attend.

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Project impact: How the project will help the community after the project ends

The purpose of this retreat is to promote community, social skills, English language development, friendship, camaraderie, support and ultimately empowerment through nature and adventure. We believe that time spent at Peaceable Kingdom will positively impact feelings of separation, loss of community and uncertainty about the future that our newest campers may be experiencing. This will also offer an opportunity to bring the local Ukrainian community together to promote cohesion, community, and support. While we cannot predict the future, we can facilitate a community approach to care for refugee children and help each of them more clearly understand the direction of their immediate future and the caring community that surrounds them.

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Sustainability: How the benefits of the project will continue afterward

We believe that time spent at Peaceable Kingdom will positively impact feelings of separation, loss of community and uncertainty about the future that our newest campers may be experiencing. This will also offer an opportunity to bring the local Ukrainian community together to promote cohesion, community, and support.

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PROJECT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Rotary District 5870 team
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    DG Shannon Coleman and RI Director Pat Merryweather
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Camper on Rock Wall
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Campers and their family
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Camper with Jeff Coleman
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Campers and Crafts
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Talent Show
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Campers around a Campfire
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    Barbara Ann Najera
    Campers participating in Archery
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    Campers at Playground

Engagement Tracker

Total volunteer hours
465
Hours
Number of volunteers
41
People
Total cash contributions
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USD
Total in-kind contributions
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USD