San Pedro Lions host visually impaired children

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 26            July 11, 2002

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BCVI participants and chaperons enjoy a swim

Last Thursday, the San Pedro Lions Club hosted 21 children from the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired Summer Camp 2002 for a picnic at Boca del Rio Park. Accompanying the 21 children who are blind or visually impaired were 10 camp counselors, an ophthalmologist, a low vision specialist and the "First Lady" of Belize, Mrs. Joan Musa who is also the Director of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI).

In an interview with Mrs. J. Samuels, Deputy Director of BCVI, she told The San Pedro Sun that this is the sixth year that the summer camp is being held. The objective of this program is to bring together, in one place (Santa Familia Monastery in the Cayo District), blind and visually impaired children and youths from around the country so that they can be evaluated on the progress they are making and to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

This is the second year that the BCVI delegation has been invited by members of the San Pedro Lions to spend a day in San Pedro. As part of their summer camp, the children and their chaperons enjoyed a delicious picnic and had a "whale of a time" swimming during their visit to "La Isla Bonita." After a relaxing day, the group returned to Santa Familia Monastery where the camp ended on Friday.

Mrs. Samuels also explained that week two of the camp will consist of older participants who are about to enter high school or are seeking employment. The 2002 BCVI Summer Camp's theme was "A Right to Education. A Right to Employment."
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