- Chris McMillan
A glimpse into summer camp for vulnerable children
23rd August 2022
Feature: A glimpse into summer camp for vulnerable children
In everyday life, 11-year-old Binbin (not his real name) communicates with his hearing-impaired parents using sign language. While in a summer camp in the suburb of Beijing, he shares the tongue with more than 40 of his peers.
"Difficulties in life are hard to avoid, but I am glad to have your company," says the lyric, each word shown by Binbin's hand gestures. Singing the song, other kids imitated Binbin's moves at a drama performance activity.
The summer camp aims to provide a scenario to help vulnerable children foster self-esteem and confidence, and contribute to their social adaptability when they grow up, according to Yao Juan, a social worker with Chunhui Children, the foundation that organized the event.
"I was a little embarrassed at first, but later I feel honored," Binbin said, adding that he was particularly delighted when other kids handed him stickers that could be exchanged for prizes.