Archive | June, 2020

Campamento 2020 Day 1

17 Jun

Day 1 of Campamento 2020 looks like other years – with no Americans. Like a mom as her kids get older and more independent, I am so proud yet a trifle sad that we’re missing the fun! They had opening ritual and the stations. Here are the pictures. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for some bonus content!

Opening Ritual

What I love – some are wearing their camp shirts. They look so calm. The hulu hoop rack!

Jesus is the light of the world. A light no one can put out.

Math Station

English Station

I’m just so proud of them – the older girls earnestly teaching the younger ones.

Craft Station

We usually leave behind some extra supplies. We use them the next year at camp. Sister Fifi and I agreed that they should open the suitcases and use what’s there!

These are the pictures Sister Fifi sent me. I also received a video of “N” reading off the groups and the “profesoras” for each station. I also got nice audio recordings from “G” and Sister Grace – who lived in NYC and speaks English. I couldn’t download them to share, though.


As if all this was not enough for one day, Miss Barbara Owens sent me this interview of her. She shares her thoughts and experiences on the special challenges black and brown families face during COVID as well as how we white people can be allies to others. Check it out!




16 Jun

My heart is bursting. Look what I got today on WhatsApp!

The girls are going to stay at the Hogar all summer because of the virus. But is that keeping them from having Campamento 2020? No!

Above is their list of camp activities that they will lead. They are even getting t-shirts to dye (or decorate). I am beyond proud of them and I hope everyone else involved in camp is, too. These girls are so resilient!

From Sister Fifi… my translations follow.
“Las niñas mañana inician su campamento.” [The girls tomorrow are starting their camp.]

“Me han hecho una lista de todo lo que van hacer😂😂😂” [They have made a list of everything they do]

“Ellas dicen que son las americanas.” [They said that they are the Americans.]

“Y van a dirigir.” [and they are going to lead.]
“Les voy a dar materiales de los que dejaron.” [I am going to give them the materials you left.]
“Hoy a comprarle camisetas porque quieren pintar.” [Today I bought them t-shirts because they want to dye them.]
Estan muy motivadas. [They are very motivated.]

“Este año no podrán ir de vacaciones por el virus.” [This year they won’t be able to go on vacation (home to their families) because of the virus.]

“Cada una tiene su personaje.” [Each girls has their own personality.]

I am so proud of them for making the best of a tough situation. And Sister Fifi is so supportive of them. I hope everyone else feels the same!! So many people have been a part of campamento, either traveling, volunteering here, or donating. It’s been such a blessing in my life and I’m humbled that it’s continuing even in 2020!!

Campamento 2019

I hope they send us pictures from Campamento 2020!! If so, I’ll post them!