A special award from Japan’s Environment Minister was handed to the most outstanding student at the 18th “Green Lane” Diary Contest at Green Cross Japan’s ceremony in Tokyo on 10 December 2016. Winning students, their teachers and parents gathered from all over Japan – about 600 people in total. Nationwide, around 100,000 students participate in […]
Blind and vision capable children rest together at the therapy camps.
|Vasia, an 8 year old child, does not only suffer from strong exposure to radiation, but is also blind. During the summer of 2007, he rested in the Green Cross Belarus therapy camp, and he was happy to be able to find new friends that year.|
The blind and partially blind children have little social contact with those who have full vision capabilities and do not benefit from sufficient encouragement. This year, the therapy camps in Belarus welcomes 420 children and adolescents, 60 of whom are blind or partially blind who are attending with their chaperones. The Swiss Federation of the blind and partially sighted (FSA) supports worldwide projects for the blind and partially sighted living in unfavorable regions. According to Marja Kämpfer, a member of the directing team of the FSA, mixed therapy camps favor integration in the long term and modify the thinking of an entire generation. Vision capable children uncover that their blind and partially sighted peers are all likethem, in their dreams and abilities. In the therapy camps, friendships are formed between the vision capable, blind, and partially sighted, something that is practically impossible in everyday life. For four weeks, the children breathe the fresh air and eat uncontaminated food, rich in vitamins and are taken care of by doctors. In addition, in the camps, blind and partially sighted children are accompanied by trustworthy people.
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In 2016, Green Cross Sweden and the Green Belt Movement are continuing their partnership to promote peace through environmental restoration and cooperation to communities in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Their efforts have taken on a new significance this year, with the establishment of a new Peace Park commemorating victims of terror. Just over a year ago, […]