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Annual Burn Camp

A specially designed camp for children and adolescents with burn injuries took place in the Kfar Galim Youth Village under the supervision and guidance of a team of occupational and physical therapists at Schneider Children’s
Date: 01.05.16 | Update: 03.05.16



This is the 8th consecutive year that the camp has taken place at the initiative of Yuliana Eshel, Director of Occupational Therapy, and Nili Arbel, Past Director of Physical Therapy, together with many other professionals in Israel who have specialized in the field of burn therapy.

Through a variety of camp activities and contact with others like themselves, children learnt new ways of coping with their injuries and scars, by seeing themselves in a new light, building their self-image, encouraging their coping through cooperation and exposure in a safe and supportive environment, and gaining self-confidence to promote their integration in society. The camp comprised 40 children with burn injuries aged 7-18 from all parts and all sectors of the country.

Other camp activities included a unique musical program for children with severe burn injuries, a circus, acrobatics, drama and challenging sports such as wave surfing. Twenty six volunteer tutors, who accompanied the children throughout their stay in the camp, provided a sympathetic ear.

According to Ms. Eshel, “this special project allows every child with burn injuries to continue the process of emotional and physical rehabilitation and to walk with pride as equals in society. The camp provides children with an opportunity to meet new friends who also suffer from burns. The framework, the gathering and the activities contribute towards an enriching and supportive event in which the children share and which strengthens their self-confidence.”

 

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