Amani’s Watoto camp is a special event created for the children of the Amani women. The children are invited to join with volunteers and Amani staff and enjoy three days of devotion, games, food, and fun. The Watoto camp that took place from December 8-11 and attendees included 96 children, 60 volunteers and mothers. Watoto camp is a way for Amani to share and instill the message of peace with a young generation, who will grow up to treasure and share it with others.
The event started with a devotion conducted by previous Watoto “graduates” who are currently in Amani’s Sasa youth program. These youth are mentors for the Watoto participants, and were able to share their personal spiritual experiences. Throughout the week, the children participated in ice breaker games, a Bible drama performed by the mothers, a puppet show, delicious lunches, craft projects, and a dance routine!
This busy event was closed with a dedication ceremony for the children who are moving on to the Sasa youth program. Pat Mbugua, the Kenya Country Director, encouraged the new graduates to share lessons learned during the Watoto camp, and gave each participant two special Amani necklaces; one to keep as a reminder of what they had learned, and one to share with a friend or family member. This ceremony reflected Amani’s goal of spreading peace to others, and the entire camp succeeded in igniting the spark of peace in a new generation of global citizens.