A working meeting on study experience of the tourist meetings of Smorgon primary organization “Light of Hope” of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” was held within the framework of the project “Equal opportunities – a way to success” on the base of public educational and health-improving institution of education (PEHIE) “Health-improving camp “Eaglet “of the Department of Education, Sports and Tourism of Smorgon district executive committee on August 19, 2015. The working meeting was attended by 21 people: representatives of Smorgon and Molodechno primary organization of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, the chairperson of primary organization of Minsk district of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, the director of PEHIE “Smorgon camp “Eaglet”, specialists of public institutions of Smorgon district.
It was the 4th time when Smorgon primary organization “Light of Hope” of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” carried out a tourism meeting “All the obstacles can be overcame” from 18th to 20th of August,2015. It was attended by 76 people. The base for carrying out meetings is provided by PEHIE “Health-improving camp “Eaglet “of the Department of Education, Sports and Tourism of Smorgon district executive committee. The camp has been a winner of the annual republican contests for the best summer recreation camp of day and night stay in Belarus in different nominations during last 2 years.
The camp is situated in the ecologically clean area, a picturesque place on the bank of the river Vilia. Acceptable conditions for a good rest of children and young people with disabilities, their parents are created here. Because of this the meeting was attended not only by children and parents from Smorgon primary organization “Light of Hope” of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” but also by other primary organizations of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”. So, this year, the meeting was attended by 16 representatives of Molodechno primary organization “Hope” of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”.
Representatives of Smorgon primary organization of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” “Light of Hope” expressed a deep gratitude to all specialists and structures that helped to organize the tourist meeting. They told the participants of the working meeting about much preparatory work that should be carried out to make the tourist meeting successful beginning from finding sponsors and ending with the development of the scenario, drawing up the program of the whole tourist meeting and its separate activities. It is always necessary to be creative and use the creative possibilities of children and parents to make the 3 day meeting interesting for the participants.
After all, they come to the meeting not to stay and be bored in their comfortable houses. They want to communicate and to receive impressions, new meetings and friends, which in everyday life are lacking! Because of this they are looking forward to all the activities that take place during the meeting: sport competitions, contests, games, discotheques and show. Cynologists, soldiers from Smorgon military unit visited children during the previous meeting. This year the children were visited by the professor Voila with his unforgettable show “liquid nitrogen” with different chemical tests and experiments! The participants of the meeting always receive so much impression that are enough for the whole year during which all look forward to the next meeting … and it will certainly take place, in spite of financial crises and other cataclysms!
The participants of the working trip came to the conclusion that the initiative of parents and close inter-agency, inter-sectoral cooperation can become the basis of carrying out such tourist meetings in each region.
We express our gratitude to Danusa Rak, the chairperson of Smorgon primary organization “Light of Hope” of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, the members of the Board of the organization for their initiative, hot open hearts, everyday hard work for the benefit of children and young people with disabilities, their parents! We hope that the positive experience of carrying out tourist meetings for people with disabilities will be successfully disseminated in other regions of Belarus.
The project “Equal opportunities – a way to success” has been realizing within the framework of the Program “Strengthening of capacity of joint initiatives” with support of “Eurasia” Foundation at the expense of funds provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)