Thanks in part to a Thrivent Action Teams grant, campers quickly put together the Personal Care Kits and packed them up. These kits, which include a towel, comb, tooth brush, bath soap, and nail clippers, are requested often and are appropriate for nearly every situation. They are distributed in the aftermath of disasters, at refugee camps and in places where long-term poverty has turned these necessities into non-existent luxuries. The campers tracked their kits via LWR’s Quilt & Kit Tracker, too! In 2016, fleece blankets made by participants in this camp were sent to Mali.
Next, the group sat down to a bag lunch and a game. You might be wondering how a game fits in to our goals for the day. The Game of Lasting Promise is a fun and engaging way for people to learn about the complex world of sustainable development. Each team represents LWR country staff in one of six countries. As a team, they learn about the challenges faced by people in their country. Each team chooses three projects they think will do the most good moving their communities from surviving to thriving. As with any game, and life, there are surprises along the way, good and bad, that can change the course of things.