It is a sad fact that most if not all of the young burn survivors who attend the Aniquem clinic suffer from shame at their appearance and low self esteem. Our three day burn camps organized each year for the patients, are specifically designed to counteract these negative feelings. The kids learn that they are not alone, that the scars are not their fault and the scars do not define who they are. Even more important they make friends, giving them the chance to have fun and share their feelings with peers who understand them.
Our main camp for adolescents aged 10-18 takes place each February during the school break. On two occasions we have also held 'mini camps’' for younger patients and mothers.
The camps have a fantastic impact on the psychological recovery of the ANIQUEM patients and is a favourite of the children every year. The camps are coordinated by the CAFA staff in Lima, volunteers and the resident ANIQUEM psychologist. Donors to CAFA will receive a personal letter of thanks from one of these campers.
We completed our 20th main camp in February 2020 with 50 kids attending including junior leaders, and this year three of the adult leaders were also former campers.
One of the junior leaders this year was Grace, a survivor.
Grace has attended two camps as a regular camper before this year.
She has also been accepted into the CAFA scholarship program and
will begin her studies as a physiotherapist when schools open in the
spring of 2020.