Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Annual Summer Camps for Children in Remote Areas




Nantou CountyAt Hu Chu Elementary School in Nantou County

From July 6-7, a team of 40 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) student members from various universities volunteered as camp counselors and helped organize a summer camp for some 60 children mainly from the Atayal and Seediq indigenous communities at Hu Chu Elementary School in the mountainous region of Nantou County. The event was part of TSA's annual Soka Joy Summer Camp initiative, which began in the year 2000 and aims to provide educational opportunities to children living in remote mountain and island villages where educational resources are limited.

Green IslandCamp counselors with elementary school students on Green Island

Over the two days, camp counselors designed and led various activities, including interactive games, arts and crafts workshops, and song and dance performances. The children also put on plays and wrote down their dreams for the future. The summer camp was supported by other TSA members who prepared meals and provided first aid.

Soka Joy Summer Camps were also organized at elementary schools in the mountainous regions of Hualien and Chiayi counties, on Green Island and Liuqiu Island and, for the fourth consecutive year, at a school in Kaohsiung City that was devastated by floods in 2009.

[Adapted from articles in the July 16, 23, and 30, 2013, issues of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]

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