Three years ago we set out to provide African kids with abundant reasons for them to be proud and confident of their heritage. Bring on the Sunshine, Life Change Adventures, the African Canadian Association of Waterloo and Region (ACAWRA) and the University of Waterloo African Students Association (UWASA) partnered to create this yearly event. Our camps are a wonderful mixture of music, creativity, dance, storytelling, mentoring, modeling, crafts and celebration. Over the years our programming and attendance has grown, while many of our kids have matured. Today, some who first joined as campers are making their way into leadership roles at the camp, with all the challenges that can bring.
Children coming to the African Cultural Safari Camp participate in learning about Africa and African Culture through a range of activities. Dance, music, stories, sports, games and crafts, all focus on the constructive use of time as children learn to use their own using creativity to entertain and communicate. Developmental assets included in the camp program are: Interpersonal and Social Competencies, Positive Values of Integrity. Equality and Social Justice are components of the camp program through the value of “Growing up Global” encouraging children and youth to become responsible global citizens.
Connect children of African descent with their heritage and pride in their heritage
Provide children with cultural knowledge they can share with and in their community.
Enhance self esteem in children of African origin and new comer youth through building Developmental Assets
Provide a bridging opportunity for children to connect with their parents’ culture in a way that will assist in bridging the gap between their immigrant parents and the youth growing up as young Canadians
Expose and sensitize the greater community to diversity rising from the African diaspora.
Create an opportunity to develop more unity and communication among African organizations and other organisations in the Waterloo Region.