Fight with Insight – Hillbrow | Phiri Camp Kwalata in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve Gauteng
Camp Footprints hosted 48 campers from Fight With Insight (FWI) and 15 volunteers in August 2014 at our first “boot camp”. FWI is a programme based in the inner city of Johannesburg providing boxing, lifeskills and nutrition for children from Hillbrow, the inner city, Rosettenville and surrounds. Its aim is to provide children with an alternative to the streets by giving them access to a boxing gym, lifeskills and nutrition. The camp was made possible by the sponsorship of Taste Holdings and The National Lotteries Commission.
Luke Lamprecht, director of FWI, says: “Our children live with an enormous amount of poverty, loss and trauma and a camp in the bush was seen as a wonderful opportunity for the children to broaden their experiences as well as a great support to our programme objectives to offer children alternatives. The camp was a life altering programme for the children who still ask us: ‘When are we going on camp again coach?’ The experience stuck with them for a variety of reasons and the main one was that, for probably the first time in some of their lives, they had more food than they could eat. For others it was the fact that someone cared enough about them to think of and actually do something just for them. In other instances it was the interaction with nature, the Just Footprints facilitators, their own bed, the open space in contrast to the inner city, the undivided attention of adults which they seldom receive. The list of positives for camp could go on and on! FWI’s experience of Just Footprints and the camp was that the organisation has great heart and a true desire to add positively to the lives of vulnerable children. The level of organisation, professionalism and care was exemplary and we unequivocally endorse the organisation, its staff and programme.”