CAMP SOMOS UNO
This last summer (2013) we had the privilege of working with kids from age 11-17 years old for a three day camp piloting our prevention work in Mexico City. These kids were from a school in Chimalhuacán, one of the largest slums in Latin America. No strangers to sexual violence and poverty, these kids are prime targets for traffickers. Camp Somos Uno (We Are One) equipped the students with tools to combat the tactics of traffickers.
We invited some of our volunteers from this summer to write guest blog entries about their experience:
“This biggest impact Somos Uno had on me was the last day. After getting to know all these kids, it is amazing how much they changed in just 3 days. My kids weren’t easy because they didn’t really want to be there, but that last day they were so excited to be there and I was blown away. When we played the game where you had to act out something you wanted to do or be, all of the kids were saying doctors, nurses, lawyers, all these great dreams. The best part was their skit, because I saw the impact the Sin Trata girls had on these kids and the issue really stuck with them. They did a skit about doing what is important in life and listening to your parents and knowing what is right and what is wrong. They wanted to help victims succeed. I will never forget those kids.” -Anne Gamble
“A moment that stood out was when we were talking about who to trust and one of the girls in the group talked about how she was kidnapped because she trusted the wrong people. She was not held for long before she got away but you could tell the experience had seriously impacted her. She spoke frankly about it though and I believe the other members of the group really took that story to heart.” -Mike Yeager