The joyful spirit of the camp.(Photo courtesy of Emily Holman)
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Saskia Adaimi, a student at the American University of Beirut, took part in her first Holiday Camp for the Disabled three years ago, when she was 17 . She describes herself prior to the camp as bored and restless, with a claustrophobic sense that Lebanon had little to offer. Saskia took his advice.Three years on, and 10 camps later, she is one of the camp managers, and is co-organizing the Christmas camp in which she will participate. That relationship is what the camp is all about.While many organizations working with the disabled make particular efforts to provide individual attention and care, the Order's holiday camp initiative has found a way to create a bond in an especially powerful way.Each guest is matched with a volunteer, and the pair spend their week together. Currently the Order runs approximately 15 camps throughout the year, during the holiday periods of summer, Christmas and Easter.
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